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.