Make or Break: Blackhawks @ Vancouver Canucks Preview

APRIL 26, 2011

10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT/7:00 PDT

CSN Chicago (+), VERSUS, CBC, RDS, 560 WIND

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (8)

Regular Season Record: 44-29-9

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS (1)

Regular Season Record: 54-19-9

The Enemy’s Aerys Sports Site: Dekes and Dangles

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Three games later and here we are, the series is all tied up and one game decides it.

It’s easy to say that you’ve stared down elimination three different times and come out victorious, but to do it four times is different.

The history looms, only three NHL teams have ever come back from down 0-3 in a series and a Blackhawks team never has.

This has been a series of mostly unexpected heroes for the Blackhawks. Ben Smith scoring 3 goals including game 6′s overtime game winner. Michael Frolik scoring a penalty shot to tie up game 6. Dave Bolland coming back in game 4 and having a bigger impact in the series than anyone expected. Duncan Keith returning to Norris form while being tied for the lead in playoff scoring in the absence of Brent Seabrook.

Questions linger though, can the Blackhawks continue to shut down Vancouver’s stars and get to make their stars to have big impact tonight? Can Jonathan Toews breakout and score his first goal in the season in a rink that he’s had nothing but success in?

Most of all, can this Blackhawks team do what none other has?

Again it’s win or go home and stay home.

Three wins is a comeback, but four wins is history. Make history or be history.

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Wednesday, April 13 at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m. CHI (0) – VAN (2)
Friday, April 15 at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m. CHI (3) – VAN (4)
Sunday, April 17 at Chicago, 8:00 p.m. CHI (2) – VAN (3)
Tuesday, April 19 at Chicago, 8:00 p.m. CHI (7) – VAN (2)
Thursday, April 21 at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m. CHI (5) – VAN (0)
Sunday, April 24 at Chicago, 8:00 p.m. CHI (4) –VAN (3) OT
Tuesday, April 26 at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m.

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INJURY REPORT

CHI: Forward Bryan Bickell (lacerated tendon) who underwent surgery on his hand for a game 2 injury is out. Forward Tomas Kopecky is still out as well. (nhl.com)

VAN: Sami Salo (undisclosed injury) is day-to-day. Manny Malhotra (eye) is done for the season. (nhl.com)

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QUOTED

Jonathan Toews, CHI: “It’s easy to get caught up in what they’re trying to do. Obviously they’re trying to change things up as a team, but we said you know what, to heck with what they’re doing. Their strategy might change, but it doesn’t mean ours will. We went into this game with the same mentality that we wanted to have a great start and work as hard as we did in previous games. You had to imagine tonight was going to be a tighter game than the last couple. Again, this is playoff hockey and you’ve got to find a way. We’ve been real tough to play against. It’s been awesome.”

“We just have to feel like things are going to go our way. We have to feel like it’s meant to be. We have a great feeling in this locker room right now and that’s what you get when you win three games in a row, stealing momentum from that team and fighting our way back in this series. Coming into this game people were talking like we were up in the series. We knew we weren’t. We knew we still had a lot of work to do and we still do. One more game and anything can happen now.” (nhl.com)

Roberto Luongo, VAN: “You can’t worry about what’s happened the last three games, the same way Chicago probably didn’t worry about what happened the first three. It would be easy for us to get low right now but I don’t think this is the time to feel sorry for ourselves. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get ready for what’s going to be an exciting Game 7, especially on home ice.” (Vancouver Sun)

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STATS

via NHL.com