The Canucks Don’t Look Scared, They Look TiredShareThis
Sidebar before I explain my column: my Dad’s in town this weekend which should be fun - the fact that there are a couple finals games to watch while he’s here makes it even better. Unfortunately, it may also keep with my trend of not having a ton of time to post on here during the finals, so sorry about that. Obviously it’s my busy season.
My take on the last night’s game is fully laid out in the column above.
I sat down this morning to write a totally different game story, though. I was going to explain the many different ways a guy can play without fear, and how it translates into effective play because that’s what I thought I saw out of the Bruins that I wasn’t seeing from Vancouver. But first, as I always do, I re-watched all the game highlights on NHL.com, and it just sort of hit me.
I suddenly didn’t think the Canucks played scared, or intimidated hockey….I thought they look tired. I went back and watch parts of the game on DVR, and became more certain of it.
And really, it makes sense – just check out the column. The top three forwards in minutes played in this series are three Canuck forwards that they need to be at their best.
And that’s not to take anything away from the Bruins, who’ve played near-perfect team hockey in front of very-near-perfect Tim Thomas over the past couple games. It’s been something to watch, and B’s fans are starting to sense hope.
It’s just been a lot of games with a lot of minutes with a lot of pressure, and while both teams are enduring that, the top forwards on Boston aren’t logging the same minutes as the guys on Vancouver. ….Nor are they facing Zdeno Chara, even if he hasn’t been quite himself either.
…..But I’m still callin’ Canucks in six.
I’ll be tweeting my upcoming radio hits throughout the day, so stay with me on there as I blather on about whatever is asked of me. Off to tidy and hit the grocery store before Dad’s plane lands!