Vancouver Canucks-Chicago Blackhawks: Canucks Collapse on Their Own Swords

May 8th, 2010 by Nucks IceMan Leave a reply »
It’s now officially a three game losing streak and in the playoffs that usually means you’re on your way out because there are no long losing streaks allowed.

The sign was there in the LA series and it got totally exposed like a lanced boil in the Chicago series.

When you’re dead last on the penalty kill in playoffs as the Canucks are (64.6 percent) and you’re playing the ‘Hawks, who are second best (88.9 percent), it doesn’t take a Rhodes scholar to figure out you will not survive unless your PK unit and goaltending does an about face.

With Luongo’s GAA at 3.50 (13th ) that’s not likely to happen but until the last game is played, anything is possible.

If the series could have been played at five on five which is unrealistic, then the Canucks held their own since they are first in the playoffs (Hawks – ninth ) and in this series to date, have outscored the ‘Hawks 9-8 but that counts for peanuts at this point.

When this series started it looked pretty close in all the categories except the PK, which has turned out to be the difference maker.

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