The final day of the NHL regular season saw the Vancouver Canucks handle the tepid Edmonton Oilers 3-0 to clinch the #1 seed in the Western Conference and assure themselves home ice for the rest of the Stanley Cup by once again winning the President’s Trophy, this time eeking it out over the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers. After 20 games the Canucks were a mediocre 10-9-1 and here they are ending the season with 111 points is a remarkable achievement. Add that to Daniel Sedin getting concussed by Chicago’s Duncan Keith, missing the last two or so weeks of the regular season and losing only once without him and you’ve got yourself a hell of a turnaround.
Vancouver will play either the LA Kings or the San Jose Sharks, and believe me, I’d rather play San Jose as they’re masters of screwing themselves up in the postseason. Currently the Sharks are down 2-1 and would play Vancouver if that result holds.
All I ask? No riots. And maybe win the Stanley Cup.
Get your beards ready for Wednesday!
It took one goal, one chance, and with 19 seconds left Raffi Torres scored the only goal of the game to give the Vancouver Canucks a game 1 win over the Boston Bruins. A neutral zone giveaway led to Ryan Kesler just staying onside to retrieve and attack in the waning moments, and he passed it to Jannik Hansen, who found Raffi Torres alone for the tap-in past a stranded Tim Thomas. It’s unfortunate for Thomas as he stood on his head tonight, but in the end the equally great Roberto Luongo ends up with the 3rd shutout of his post-season.
This game was filled with penalties, including a double-minor on Daniel Sedin that resulted in Boston’s first power-play being 4 minutes. Of course, the Bruins wasted all of their power-plays tonight and could not provide the crucial goal that might have been enough to steal a road win.
Three more wins from glory. Don’t worry I sound (well……type) calm now but I’m not. I LOVE RAFFI TORRES! Sure he has a nasty mean streak and plays dirty at times but what a night to step up to the plate.
If it’s too much to ask from the sports gods, can they please magically heal Dan Hamhuis? You get Manny Malhotra back — for the record he didn’t play tonight — and promptly lose another defenseman.
So is Vancouver hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics or did they move the Winter Olympics back 2 more years? Either way good call by Sundin to skip. He probably would’ve been lonely.
Sports Illustrated’s website is just ripe for the picking for lack of research and typos.
LINK TO THE STORY