Under Pressure

It’s almost puck drop time here in Vancouver and that means if you’re a fan of either the Vancouver Canucks or the Chicago Blackhawks then you’re pretty nervous.

It’s a natural feeling to be nervous, especially if you’re a Canucks fan, seeing how you were far from anxious when the Canucks were leading 3-0 in the series.

Whatever happens though the Canucks gave their fans one hell of a season and some great times. Sure, that was in the past and what happens in the regular season doesn’t matter in the playoffs but the regular season did happen. And what a glorious regular season it was for the Canucks and their fans.

But tonight could be the night where we can completely forget about what happened during the 2010-2011 regular season. It all depends on tonight’s outcome.

It’s weird to think that all the pressure tonight is on the Canucks and not the Blackhawks, the team that’s currently the defending Stanley Cup champions, but that’s where we stand.

Vancouver was the best team in all of the NHL, Vancouver is the team with the number one overall seed, Vancouver is the team that has lost to the Blackhawks in back-to-back seasons, Vancouver is the team that has to win Game 7 to avoid the emabarrassment that comes with leading a series 3-0 and then only losing it.

Looking at what is at stake for the Canucks and it’s no wonder that all the pressure’s on the Canucks to win tonight. He might not be the greatest of sources in the eyes of Canucks fans but Patrick Kane pretty much summed things up about tonight’s game: “They’re the ones who were up 3-0, they’re the first seed in the West, they were kind of predicted to win the Cup this year and go really far.”

Even though the Blackhawks won the cup last year, they barely backed into this year’s playoffs and the Canucks had all the prognosticators predicting them to win the Stanley Cup and if they were to lose tonight to the 8th seed in the Western Conference then this season would be seen as a failure to many.

Hopefully after tonight the Canucks will improve their Game 7 record from 5-4 to 6-4. Enjoy the game everyone! See you back here at The Canuck Way after the final whistle.

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