NHL playoff round one update: Do you know what an orca sounds like when choking on a feather?

Do you know what an orca sounds like when choking on a feather?

An orca, or killer whale, is an apex predator of the oceans and can even maul large sharks. However, it seems it has a tough time when one gets caught in their throat. And if you are very, very quiet, put a hand up to your ear and listen toward the northwest, you just might be able to hear exactly what that sounds like?

It’s not a pretty noise, really…especially if you’re a Vancouver Canucks fan.

The Canucks…winners of the Northwest Divisions and the Presidents’ Trophy, collectors of 117 regular season points and winners of 54 games coming into the postseason…had the defending Stanley Cup champs right where they wanted them, down three games to none and four games in which to finish them off.

Make that only one now.

Ben Smith’s overtime goal last night in Chicago leveled the series at three games apiece and sets up a seventh and deciding game seven in Vancouver Tuesday night. They’ve outscored the Canucks 16-5 in the three wins and put the Hawks just one victory away from one of the greatest come-from-behind series triumphs of all time.

Or one of the greatest all-time choke jobs…depending on which way you wish to view it.

The question all Canucks fans are asking today is which goalie will they see in between the pipes Tuesday nigh? Head coach Alain Vigneault decided to start backup Cory Schneider in Chicago last night, but Roberto Luongo had to be called upon after Schneider cramped up trying to stop Michael Frolik’s penalty shot that tied the game at 3-3 in the third period.

Luongo stopped the first 12 shots he faced for the remaining time in the third and into OT, but number 13 proved to be unlucky for he and the Canucks.

The dramatic Blackhawks win capped off a great weekend of NHL playoff hockey. Since Friday we’ve seen the Washington Capitals dispose of the New York Rangers and the Nashville Predators shake off the pesky Anaheim Ducks for the first ever postseason series win in that franchises history.

Also, the Tampa Bay Lightning thumped the Penguins and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks to remain alive in their respective series. The Bolts and Kings will each host game six tonight and will be looking to force game seven scenarios as well.

Montreal will do the same tomorrow as the Boston Bruins now hold a three games to two lead thanks to their 2-1 OT win Saturday.

Then there’s the game seven between Philadelphia and Buffalo tomorrow night. Yesterday the Sabres were unable to close things out at home, despite leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3. Scott Hartnell’s first goal of the playoffs tied the score midway through the third period for the Flyers and Ville Leino’s second won it for Philly 4:43 into the overtime period.

Now the Sabres will have to travel back to the city of brotherly love to try and advance to the second round.

133 comments Add your comment

Alan R.

April 25th, 2011
10:33 am

It sounds like this:

GOLD!

Tom

April 25th, 2011
10:33 am

ack… GOLD!

Joe Friday

April 25th, 2011
10:37 am

ZAvalanche

April 25th, 2011
10:40 am

I haven’t even finished reading the whole article but just had to say, LOL, after the first paragraph!

Tom

April 25th, 2011
10:42 am

I do have to say we are getting our money’s worth in these series. Everyone is going long except the Big Red Borg.

Alan R.

April 25th, 2011
10:42 am

Luongo has to be renting out space, because the Blackhawks are all over the inside of his head.

I’m sensing a repeat of this scene from last year:

http://dj4aces.info/stuff/pics/luongoforsale.jpg

ZAvalanche

April 25th, 2011
10:51 am

President’s Trophy is usually a curse. And I don’t believe it is because of a lack of talent, I believe it mental state. Knowing that you are that much better than every other team could very well make you complacent come playoff time. The opposite is equally true, knowing that there are 7 teams better than you makes you play your a$$ off. Doesn’t hurt to also be former champs – even if you don’t have the same cast. That will be one TENSE game 7 in Vancouver. Hawks have nothing to lose, and the ‘Nucks have everything to lose. I will be glued to that game.

Tonight’s Picks:

Lightning has some serious momentum going in. However, a thrashing like Pitt got on Sat can also be a big motivator. Can our resident stat master find out how often a team that gets beaten badly in the playoffs comes back to win the next game (yes RL, that is you). But that front line of Tampa is crazy scary – Pitt found out on Saturday.

I really think SJ will close it out tonight. However, like any animal trapped in a corner, LA could be very dangerous. That will be a heavy game.

How awesome is this time of year?

kracker

April 25th, 2011
11:08 am

More from Phil Foley at the Examiner. Lots of info, it isn’t necessarily bad news…or good news. I just wish all this would get resolved sooner rather than later.

Analysis: Spirit doesn’t need to keep Thrashers here to fulfill bond obligations

http://www.examiner.com/atlanta-thrashers-in-atlanta/analysis-spirit-doesn-t-need-to-keep-thrashers-here-to-fulfill-bond-obligations#ixzz1KXqG78n1http://exm.nr/gb8p5f

Red Light

April 25th, 2011
11:08 am

I don’t think last night’s game can be considered a choke. Games 4 and 5 certainly, but the Canucks out shot the Hawks 22-14 in the 3rd period an OT. Now blowing a 3-0 series lead, which would be just the fourth time its happened in NHL history and second time in two seasons, certainly would qualify.

Just hate that terminology, particularly when the Hawks have played so well in the last 3 games.

Joe Friday

April 25th, 2011
11:38 am

“I don’t think last night’s game can be considered a choke.”

Their goalies certainly did. The Canuckleheads outplayed the Hawks, scored the first goal, prevented a goal on the 5 on 3, and checked like madmen trying to save Luongo from facing a shot once he was forced in, and they still lost, due to their goalies (first Cory with the two horrible misplays on pucks behind the net, then Luongo handing out free juicy rebounds like Easter candy).

Alan R.

April 25th, 2011
11:49 am

“Thrashers win! Thrashers win! Thrashers w–”

*wakes up*

… Oh.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/hockey/canadas-mightiest-midgets-120588684.html

Red Light

April 25th, 2011
11:55 am

ZAvalanche: Thanks for the assignment…

Since the 2003 playoffs, in subsequent playoff games after a team was beaten by five or more goals, their record is just 6-11. However, the only time an Eastern Conference team lost by five goals or more and came back to win their next game was in 2006. The Flyers turned the trick against the Sabres.

Game 2 April 24 Philadelphia Flyers 2 Buffalo Sabres 8  
Game 3 April 26 Buffalo Sabres 2 Philadelphia Flyers 4 L

Thus, EC teams are just 1-6 in those instances…however…

5-1: The Penguins’ record on the road in their past 6 chances to close out a series.
6-1: The Penguins’ record in their past seven second chances to close out a series.
8-1: The Penguins’ all-time record in series where they gain a 3-1 edge.

Red Light

April 25th, 2011
12:05 pm

Forgot to include Blackhawks-Canucks in that stat. Now should read 6-13 as the Canucks are 0-2 in that situation in this series.

ZAvalanche

April 25th, 2011
12:16 pm

Nice RL! Thanks for the info, I knew you would come through :) Looks like the Pens have the distinct advantage, based on stats. I am still going for Tampa over Pitt though. TB has a pretty strong home record at 25-11-5, at the same time, Pitt has a strong away record at 24-11-6. This is going to be a darn good match.

There will be some very interesting games in the next 2 days and I have canceled all social engagements till Tuesday evening.

Red Light

April 25th, 2011
12:28 pm

By the way, I believe this to be true, but the last time a team lost consecutive games by five or more goals (Vancouver lost to the Blackhawks 7-2 and 5-0 in Games 4-5 in the current series) was way back in 1994 when the Rangers defeated the Islanders in Games 1-2 of their first-round series 6-0, and 6-0.

Hockey Biltong

April 25th, 2011
12:42 pm

Who wants to go to Smashville and watch playoff hockey!

World Be Free

April 25th, 2011
12:42 pm

Not Bind-
I think Ruff will be OK in Buffalo, he got more out of this team that he should have this season. Buffalo’s issues are lack of leadership and mediocre players. Philly is a better team and they have some guys who can make plays. Correct on goaltending-if Philly had any the Sabres would already be playing the back nine somewhere.

Please stop reading the Winnipeg papers. They do not control whether or not the Thrashers stay in Atlanta and Bettman has already stated he wants the team to stay in Atlanta. Progress is being made to keep the team here, so let’s just sit back and enjoy the playoffs and forget Winnipeg ever existed like we did before.

Hockey Biltong

April 25th, 2011
12:44 pm

WBF- it was a link to the peewee team, I think you are referring to.
Are you rooting for Beefalo?

Hockey Biltong

April 25th, 2011
12:45 pm

Nope you are right. I was looking at Alan R’s post. My bad..

World Be Free

April 25th, 2011
12:48 pm

The defining moment in the Hawks-Canucks’ series was the wakeup call delivered by Raffi Torres. Chicago went to Vancouver with the prisde that comes from being defending champions. Vancouver won the Presidents’ Cup, which is similar to winning a Snipe Hunt. Do we remember who won the Presidents’ Cup 2 seasons ago? Three? Vancouver is a great team, but they need to get through other really good teams to hoist the real silver. Vancouver’s real post season, the season of champions starts tomorrow night. We will see if they are worthy.

Hockey Biltong

April 25th, 2011
1:06 pm

Reminds me of a Braves/Yankees series…

Tom Lysiak

April 25th, 2011
1:19 pm

WBF – Just like winning the Par-3 tourney at the Masters every year….

hockeygoon79

April 25th, 2011
2:04 pm

You said it, Tom. We are definately getting our money’s worth in these series. Boston-Montreal, Philly-Buffalo, Vancouver-Chicago, these have all be fun to watch. Tampa Bay could still make a good finish with Pittsburgh too.

NHL playoffs. They’re the best!

kracker

April 25th, 2011
2:08 pm

If y’all are referring to my post, the Examiner isn’t a Winnipeg paper or website. It is a US web-based ‘newspaper’ and Phil Foley works for the Atlanta bureau. He is quite pro-Atlanta for the Thrashers, which is why he is working the story hard. The article contains a lot of current info on the state of the teams, Philips Arena, the re-worked bonds situation, etc., that I had not heard before. We even learn that re-doing the bonds freed up about $7M for improvements to be done at Philips. :)

Now, if Foley could just find out who the balkan is….

Hockey Biltong

April 25th, 2011
2:27 pm

No balking on that.

Hockey Biltong

April 25th, 2011
2:35 pm

Kracker, that was a good article.
You gotta ask yourself, now that all of this info is coming out, what kind of song and dance will we hear next from our ASG fiends?????

Red Light

April 25th, 2011
2:38 pm

A refreshing idea…managing partner of the Panthers posts his thoughts on the off-season. Perhaps it would be more well received if it was done more than just three times in one season.

http://panthers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=560942

Cornbread

April 25th, 2011
2:54 pm

WBF You are correct on the PHI-BUF series. They are in the playoffs and in a game 7 because of Miller. The Flyers are experiencing – yet again – what the Thrashers did down the stretch – solid to dominating team play and poor goaltending.

World Be Free

April 25th, 2011
3:01 pm

Cornbread-you wonder what our goaltending will be next season?

Cornbread

April 25th, 2011
3:36 pm

I just hope Pavs is better – much better.

kracker

April 25th, 2011
3:40 pm

Hockey Biltong, I hope the ASGs next song and dance is to exit stage left after selling to good owners. Regardless of their lies and shennagins, I feel the team stays another year while the selling moves forward and after that we will see.

Congrats to the Preds!!! Can the ‘Hawks pull off the #8 seed upset? Sabres fans…sorry, can’t root for them. That’s the thing about Round One, escpeially, you want both teams to lose and somebody will win.

kracker

April 25th, 2011
3:45 pm

I have to think that a) Pavs is a year more matured and b) the same applies for all our young players. So…that should translate into better play. My big worry is that the state of the ownership might be a year-long distraction. No team wants that sort of distraction but a team trying to gel and be able to put forth a consistent effort every game certainly doesn’t need it.

Joe Friday

April 25th, 2011
3:50 pm

Everything I’ve read from those supposedly in the know (not named Kincade) says that as soon as the PHX situation is settled, that we’ll see something happen with the Thrashers sooner rather than later, I don’t think the Spirit want to own the club another year and the NHL would like the situation to move along quickly.

Badger Bob

April 25th, 2011
3:56 pm

Top three Nucks regrets:
Torres hit
Vigneault dressing Torres for Game 4
Luongo contract

Hossa did a supreme job of puck control on that GWG, but can’t figure exactly why Luongo ended up on his belly on the initial shot – last second blocker save threw him off balance, I guess, but that’s just poor balance / body control.

Canada started the playoffs 5-0 and have been 0-6 since. There’s a whole nation gagging a little…

Badger Bob

April 25th, 2011
4:01 pm

Two other tidbits – anyone who did not see it needs to watch Bobby Ryan’s goal on Friday night – his undressing the same Dman twice on the same break was an instant classic.

And Toby and Buff managed to outscore two of the Snorris Finalists. With a team around them, and corresponding improved +/-, they could be in the conversation.

Joe Friday

April 25th, 2011
4:03 pm

“Hossa did a supreme job of puck control on that GWG, but can’t figure exactly why Luongo ended up on his belly on the initial shot – last second blocker save threw him off balance, I guess, but that’s just poor balance / body control.”

Hoss did make that play, he’s so strong on the puck. Remember when people used to call him out as a guy that disappears come playoff time (from his days in Ottawa). That was always pure bunk, he’s money in so many areas besides potting the puck.

That Luongo contract is going to be an albatross on Vancouver for a long time. He has the $10m talent but a $.02 head, it’s so bad for him that they were hiding him in the locker room so he didn’t have to hear it from the Chicago fans last night. Nowhere to hide when he got out there, even though his teammates did their darndest to keep him from a puck making it way to him. He wound up on his belly because he’s so completely freaked out, he was flailing at shots and throwing some rebounds all out in the slot even before that play. Most. Overrated. Goalie.

kracker

April 25th, 2011
4:13 pm

RE Yotes or Thrashers moving: Something has to be decided quickly so the schedule can be developed. If it’s Phx to ‘Peg that’s not quite so difficult to do some division changes and tweek the schedule if it has already been developed. But Thrash to ‘Peg and, say, Wings to the East and the divisional changes that brings means it has to happen by…when? Probably before the amateur draft and certainly before FA signing July 1.

ZAvalanche

April 25th, 2011
4:17 pm

Badger Bob, yup – you couldn’t fit a greased BB through the, ummmm lower orifice, of any Canadian right now. Fear and tension are are a high right now.

And yes, the Bobby Ryan goal was unbelievable! He dropped their jocks on the ice with 3 moves. Outstanding effort.

I don’t know if any of you are football fans, but Peter King’s MMQB was really good today and he thinks that Boston-Montreal is a heavier rivalry than NY-Red Sox. I agree.

Red Light

April 25th, 2011
4:20 pm

Ryan’s was a sick move but glad he’s out of the playoffs.

Hossa played for Jacques Martin in Ottawa, that’s all you need to know about his lack of “performance” there. How he keeps a job is mind boggling.

Since leaving Atlanta, Hossa has 23 goals, 38 assists and a +20 rating in 71 playoff games.

litz

April 25th, 2011
4:22 pm

“We even learn that re-doing the bonds freed up about $7M for improvements to be done at Philips.”

All I can say is … *what* improvements?

LCD screens at all the food stations? That’s pretty much it.

That place needs about 2 months with a serious demo crew on the inside, and some serious reworking to bring it back to where it needs to be.

At a minimum :

- remove, rework, or otherwise regenerate the TV wall
- remove and replace the godawful old Daktronics scoreboards up in the rafters
- re-do every single wood armrest (they are ALL cracking and peeling)
- replace the sound baffels in the ceiling – yellow hanging out of tears in the material looks *so* nice … *not* ….
- re-do the pullout seats behind the goals (great fun when the seatback collapses, and you find yourself laying on the shoes of the guy behind you)
- fix the old Omni scoreboard so it actually shows the score again …

*etc*

Moe

April 25th, 2011
4:32 pm

My predictions tonight are (went 3 for 3 the other night so I feel hot) -> Penguins 3-2 Lightning (Chris Kunitz scoring in OT), Sharks 3-0 Kings, Niemi gets the shutout.

Tom Lysiak

April 25th, 2011
4:42 pm

It seems fairly clear that the ballgame has changed since the Flames were purchased at the Express counter in 1980. The last game was played April 12, 1980. The purchase was announced May 21, 1980. There was obviously not a Bettman around then because the sale was completed and the trucks loaded within 6 weeks or so. Don’t laugh about Bettman being the difference now either. If it weren’t for him and the current governors, one would think the suing group would just cheerfully negotiate a straight sale to the True North schmucks for megabuck profits and laugh all the way to the next court date. Is that too simplistic?

Not Blind

April 25th, 2011
5:01 pm

Where did my post about Ruff go ???

Not Blind

April 25th, 2011
5:17 pm

I actually read the Examiner article :) I think any investor group, intending to keep the team in Atlanta, would be insane to buy just the Thrashers. This would put them in the situation of having the ASG as your landlord. With their litigious history who would want to do biz with these guys ???

Rawhide

April 25th, 2011
5:29 pm

Not Blind – I don’t see your post regarding Ruff in Blog Purgatory. Sorry.

In other news…Andrew Ladd has been named Alternate Captain for Team Canada.

Melvin Udall

April 25th, 2011
6:16 pm

Joe Friday: “he’s money in so many areas besides potting the puck.”

“People who speak in metaphors should shampoo my crotch!”

Flagstaff

April 25th, 2011
6:36 pm

ZAvs: Nope. BOS-MTL tensions are running higher right now, but the NYY-BOS rivalry is the greatest rivalry in all sports (this coming from a diehard hockey fan).

Lance

April 25th, 2011
6:40 pm

Ice Man – Dude – you suck! Sorry, but called as seen. This aint’t the Ladies Home Journal Hockey Column I’ve stumbled upon is it? Enough with the artsy fartsy metaphors and crap. “If I listen east and a Polar Bear farts west whilst a hockey game playeth in the south…” Come on, drop a set already. Canucks choking against the Hawks – not too surprising though since the 1 choking aginst the 8 is not unprcedented and the Hawks are the current keepers of the cup!

NEW BLOG BOSS PLEASE!!!

Flagstaff

April 25th, 2011
7:07 pm

Alan R.

April 25th, 2011
8:59 pm

Bill – Too bad he hasn’t been signed yet. Starting to get a little anxious.