Hockey (Last) Night In Canada: Second Annual Meltdown

Heading into game six, it looked like it would be a good day for the Vancouver Canucks. Roberto Luongo was playing well. The defence was joining the rush and giving Antti Niemi fits. And Sami Salo’s ruptured testicle wasn’t actually ruptured (which is good news for him and all men). The Chicago Blackhawks, though, knew that they needed a stellar effort to avoid a game seven. After all, in any game, anything can happen.

Chicago 5 @ Vancouver 1 – For Roberto Luongo, this post-season was supposed to be about exercising the demons that popped up during game seven of last year’s series against the Blackhawks. While that’s still true, he has to exercise his demons of May 11th. For the second straight year, Luongo was shellacked and Vancouver was eliminated on May 11th. Bobby Lu allowed 5 goals on 35 shots as Chicago advanced to the third round for the second consecutive year. Nine of the Hawks 18 skaters had at least a point with Patrick “20 Cent” Kane and uber-pest Dustin Byfuglien each getting a goal and assist. Now we’re forced to play the waiting game in the Western Conference. The conference finals won’t kick off until we have winners in the Eastern Conference. However that could be settled as soon as tomorrow night.
Chicago wins the series 4-2

Three Stars of the Night:
1. Dustin Byfuglien (Chicago) – 1 goal, 1 assist
2. Antti Niemi (Chicago) – 29 saves
3. Patrick Kane (Chicago) – 1 goal, 1 assist

Wednesday’s Schedule:
Montreal at Pittsburgh – Series tied 3-3 (TV: CBC, Versus)
Boston at Philadelphia – BOS leads 3-2 (TV: TSN, Versus)


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