Vancouver Canuck fans thought they were in the middle of a familiar nightmare Wednesday evening at the Rogers Centre after a 5-0 loss to Chicago Black Hawks.
It was the ease in which the visitors (and reigning Stanley Cup champions) outplayed the President’s Cup champs in pulling closer in the best-of-seven series – it’s now 3-2 for the Canucks.
Duncan Keith’s four points (all garnered by the 4:47 mark of the second period), the re-awakening of Marion Hossa ( two goals and one assist) and the overall feeling of superiority (Canuck fans call it smugness) all the Hawks had in cruising to their shutout win.
It didn’t help that Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo let in four goals on 12 shots before being pulled after the first minute of the second period in favor of back-up Cory Schneider (only one goal on 14 shots).
And there was the mocking – Hawk centre Dave Bolland who laughed at the Canucks and the crowd en route to the penalty box at the 1:49 mark of the second period with the score 4-0 – he knew the Canucks weren’t coming back..
After the game Canuck coach Alain Vigneault was asked if he needed more from his top six forwards. “We need more from our four lines, our six defencemen and more from our goaltender,” said Vigneault.