Monday, April 23, 2007
Round 1 Game 7: Three Times A Charm?
After what seemed like a certain second round match-up against the Anaheim Ducks just five days ago, it's now come down to this. One game. Game seven. Winner takes all.
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that I tend to be a glass half-full kinda guy. I know I focus a lot on the positives, spin or otherwise. Right now, I would normally be rattling off stats like how long it's been since the Canucks have lost three in a row; or how many times the Sedins have been left scoreless for this many games this season; or how much more experienced the Canucks are when it comes to playing in game sevens; or how many times Roberto Luongo has lost a game seven in his career.
However, one thing I've noticed in my postseason posts is how often the games have gone against the stats I've pointed out, so for tonight's game, I'm going to point out a negative stat instead in hopes of reversing it. In all the game sevens that I've ever attended at GM Place, the Canucks are one game under .500. They've won one (Blues '03) and lost two (Wild '03 and Flames '04). Along with the Sedins' and Naslund's lack of scoring and the powerplay's ineffectiveness, surely that's a stat the Canucks want to correct, eh?
Plenty of pregame previews for tonight's game seven:
- Seventh: heaven or otherwise. (Vancouver Province)
- It's been a long, long, long series. (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
- Old guard knows it's time to win this battle for playoff survival. (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province)
- Coach Vigneault still pointing finger. (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province)
- Sedins feel responsibility. (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
- Burrows maintains there was no malice aforethought in his slash on winger Morrow. (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
- No hitch to slow down Modano's speed game. (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province)
- Game 7: It's up to the Canucks tonight. (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Work ethic goes AWOL in humiliating Game 6 loss. (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- Vigneault's advice: Try harder. (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- Burrows, Morrow agree to differ. (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- Port McNeill rallies around hometown hero Mitchell. (Chantal Eustace, Vancouver Sun)
- Vigneault wants veterans to get worked up. (Grant Kerr, Globe and Mail)
- There could be a shortage of Canadian teams in playoffs. (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun)
- Turco, Stars roll into Game 7. (Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News)
- Can Stars push enough to pull an upset? (Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News)
- Seven will be a winner for Stars. (Jean-Jacques Taylor, Dallas Morning News)
- Stars consider backup plan. (Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News)
- A quiet, confident ride for Stars. (Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News)
- With all things equal, pressure is set on high. (Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
- Digging deep now paying off. (Tracey Myers, DFW Star-Telegram)
- Definitely the coach's Stars. (Jim Reeves, DFW Star-Telegram)
- Canucks have had ups, downs in Game 7. (Milenko Martinovich, DFW Star-Telegram)
- Turco carries his entourage again. (Jennifer Floyd-Engel, DFW Star-Telegram)
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