Canucks Caught 'Sweeping'

Vancouver Canucks’ fans were hoping for a good night’s ‘sweep’ Tuesday evening in their game 4 playoff match against Chicago Black Hawks – instead, a 7-2 loss has critics wondering if the Canucks were actually collectively asleep during the playoff tilt.

The Hawks outperformed the Canadian visitors in every department, including shots (35-23) and all this without star defenceman Brent Seabrook who was kept out of the Chicago line-up for concussion symptoms after being hit twice in Game 3 by Canucks winger Raffi Torres.

Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo was pulled in the third period with the score 6-1 (he stopped 22 of 28 shots) and replaced with backup Cory Schneider, who stopped six of seven shots before the game finally ended.

Canuck goals came from Sami Salo on a first period power play  point shot that banked in off Hawk defenceman Bryan Campbell and from Daneil Sedin on another power play late in the game that ended the scoring.

The Canucks hope to collectively wake up in time before Thursday Game 5 back in Vancouver at Rogers Arena. They hope there will be no sleeping on their part since now there can’t be any sweeping of the Stanley Cup champs who won their first game of the best four-of-seven series that now stands 3-1 in favor of the Vancouver squad.

Canuck coach Alain Vigneault said after the game that Luongo was not to blame for the loss and that the “whole team collectively can share the blame”.

Cono Spitale

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