Canucks Advent Calendar: 26 days to the Season Opener
This series of blog posts will look back on the highest highs of last season, and hopefully get the Canucks faithful amped for the season to come!
26 days to get back to playing Canucks hockey. 26 days to get back to winning games.
Today’s memory: Canucks Round 1, Game 7 win over the Chicago Blackhawks to advance to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
You remember how it goes: Canucks jump out to a 3-0 series lead. Canucks lose Game 4 in Chicago, and Game 5 in Vancouver. Coach Vigneault starts Cory Schneider for Game 6 in Chicago, who looks great, but is pulled after going down awkwardly late in the game (and that’s what she said). In comes Roberto Luongo, who was shelled in Games 4 and 5. The Canucks ultimately lose Game 6, setting the table for a Game 7.
All-star goalie, shelled in 2 games in the series, passed over in Game 6, gets the Game 7 start. Hawks have eliminated the Canucks for the last 2 seasons in a row.
The hashtags on twitter went from a confident #Canucks #3venge to #3demption to #Hawks #3peat in less than a week.
In Game 7, the Canucks jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Alex Burrows – a beauty from Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond. This really shows how fast the Canucks skaters can be, and how quickly they can strike for a goal.
Jonathan Toews ties the game with less than 2 minutes late in the 3rd period, on a shorthanded goal. Although this goal gutted me as a Canucks fan, as a hockey fan, the skill and desire that Toews showed late in the game was amazing to watch.
Is there anything better than overtime in a Game 7? You can’t make this stuff up. The kind of storyline that is played out on driveways, streets and backyard rinks all across the country.
Next goal wins! The highest high, or the lowest low.
The Canucks take a penalty early in OT, giving the Hawks a chance to make their own history. Toews from behind the net finds Patrick Sharp alone at the bottom of the faceoff circle. Luongo shows why he is arguably the toughest goalie to score on in the world.
Then, with just over 5:00 gone in 1OT, Burrows picks off a clearing attempt from Chris Campoli, skates to the slot and buries a rolling puck over the shoulder of Corey Crawford.
After this goal, I think I pulled a hammy jumping up from the ground, celebrating with my wife in front of our TV. Such a great memory for Canucks fans!