On-Ice Crisis: Vancouver Canucks’ Playoff Run Reaches Critical Juncture

May 6th, 2010 by Steve Thompson Leave a reply »
If the Vancouver Canucks are really a Stanley Cup champion, they are now officially at the point where they'd better start showing it.

After their Game 3 drubbing at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night to fall behind 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinal best-of-seven series, the Canucks have hit the crisis point, as all of the elements that showed themselves in last year's second round match against the same Chicago team, are back.

Vancouver must now rally and show it is a true contender, or the Canucks will get dispatched from the playoffs the same way they did last year.

After eliminating the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, many Canucks fans were chanting, "We want Chicago!," in hopes that they would see revenge enacted.

The series started that way, as the Canucks took Game One with a convincing, 5-1 win, but now the tables have completely turned, with Chicago winning the last two and poised to sweep the Canucks out of the playoffs with two more wins.

So which elements from last year's exit have reared their ugly heads?

1. Dopey stretches of play.

This is probably th ...

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