During an interview with Team 1040 radio late Wednesday, Greg Wyshynski (‘Puck Daddy’ from Yahoo! Sports) was asked if Game 4 was a turn-around game in the Vancouver-Chicago series.
With fan reaction in Vancouver nearing epidemic proportions, Team 1040 radio decided to bring in an outside opinion. After what some would label a ‘meltdown’ in Game 4, it was refreshing to bring in such a viewpoint. Mr. Wyshynski pointed out that, although the Canucks had a lot of defensive breakdowns in their own end, and the Blackhawks “released a lot of pent-up offensive frustration”, it still only amounted to one game.
Though it wasn’t said by either Mike Halford (Kurtenblog Radio) or the very insightful Puck Daddy (Wyshynski), it seems like the rabid hockey market in Vancouver is very much fueled by a “What have you done for me lately?” mentality. ”This is not the same team from last year,” insisted Wyshynski, referencing the Blackhawks. The Canucks still have control in this series, and if the proper adjustments are made from last game, could end the series tonight. Speaking of adjustments, Jeffrey Bartl of “Blackhawk up” talks about Brent Seabrook’s chances of coming back to the series sooner than later. http://blackhawkup.com/2011/04/20/seabrook-travels-luongo-staying-calm-canucks-brass-gets-earful/#more-4751
In a way, were the Canucks to end the defending Cup champs’ repeat hopes in Vancouver, it would be kind of fitting. Broken-hearted Canucks fans that so badly wanted redemption last season; all the talk of “exorcising demons” could finally be put to rest.
One very interesting mindset the listener came away with from the Kurtenblog interview was to not panic. ”Even if the Blackhawks win Game 5, (Vancouver) will still have the lead in the series.” In a long series, it’s very difficult to dig yourself out of a hole. Yes, there is the recent example of the Philadelphia Flyers who were down 3-0 to the Boston Bruins last season, but came back to win the series. But from a statistical standpoint, something like that only happens every 35 years or so. The Canucks have built this lead by outplaying and outhitting the Blackhawks. Say what you will about Game 4, but their goaltending has been better, especially in light of what Luongo did in Game 3.
As Mike Halford was wrapping up his interview with Greg Wyshynski, the ‘Puck Daddy’ had some parting words of wisdom. ”Everyone calm down about Vancouver,” he urged. It’s true, Game 4 could be labelled an abberation, and as easy as it is here in Vancouver to hit the panic button, it’s not called for. In my opinion, karma is just punishing all of the people that were playing up the whole “Sweep” aspect. Now that that’s out of the way, the better hockey team can take care of business, and move on.