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Thursday, April 22, 2010

canucks find momentum in pivotal game four victory against the kings

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (R) makes a save on a shot by Los Angeles Kings Alexander Frolov during the first period of Game 4 of their NHL Western Conference quarter-final hockey game in Los Angeles, April 21, 2010.

Photograph by: Lucy Nicholson , REUTERS

I haven't blogged about Lord Stanley's playoffs yet because when it comes to hockey  scratch that, when it comes to the Canucks, I get very emotional especially during playoff time.

As a kid growing up in Vancouver it was something you just naturally did, watching the Canucks.  I still remember the smell of the ice at the Pacific Coliseum, me on a chair with a sign in my hand, white towel waving and rooting on the greatest guys that ever played this Canadian game.

Heroes like Dave Babich, Cliff Ronning, Tiger Williams and Kirk McLean.  Sure the heroes have changed, now it's Samuelsson, The Sedins, Luongo, Kessler, Wellwood and Burrows.  But the game is still the same, intense, exciting and incredibly heart pounding, especially when we always seem to find ourselves losing going into a third period.  But that's where the magic happens and you can't help but feel proud, win or lose.

The Canucks have been awful on penalty killing, allowing L.A. 9 goals on 9 power plays in the last three games.

Luongo hasn't been as steady as he could be, getting pulled in game two with Raycroft taking his place and the boys still lost against L.A. gritty and much faster team.

Our PP has been less than to be desired, and instead of skating and shooting at the net, the boys have been having tea parties or getting stripped by blind referees who gave us a too many men on the ice that was a bad call, and let's not even talk about Mike Murphy (former L.A. coach's) questionable disallowed goal call made from the war room - make me sick inside!

The Canucks did well in game four, I think.  Sure, not as good as they did in their first game against L.A., the boys managed to pull out a win with the key factor I believe coming when they killed off a penalty in the second period, shifting the momentum and finally managing to score a power play goal in the third.

Roberto Luongo made a key save in the game against Alex Frolov during the third period keeping us in it.

Goals came from of course leading us again Mikael Sameulsson, Sami Salo and Henrick Sedin, plus Ryan Kessler's empty netter giving the Canucks a 6-4 victory scoring four times over the Kings in a wild come from behind third period at the Staple Center.

Jonathan Quick for LA was of course again amazing between the pipes and with young L.A. gritty players like Doughty and Brown out-skating and shutting down our offense most of the time, The Canucks have to find a way to get past this L.A. team.

The next game is Friday night and the boys are headed back to Vancouver to hopefully take a lead in the series which now tied at 2-2.



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