Canucks lick chops at thought of Chicago Blackhawks rematch
And so it looks as though the Vancouver Canucks will be granted what they so wished for at the outset of training camp.
Another shot at the Chicago Blackhawks, the team they felt never should have eliminated them from Cup contention, could be very much in their future which is fine with everyone in the Vancouver room.
Because they remain a dark shadow in their recent past. Obviously nothing is set in stone with the Hawks still having to finish off the Nashville Predators, but that’s the way it’s looking and it’s not lost on any of the Vancouver players who went through last year’s anguish, a series they felt was within their grasp only to slip away after so many opportunities to close it out.
“I guess it’s looking like we might both get another shot at each other although that series isn’t over yet,” said Ryan Kesler , who likely still remembers Andrew Ladd’ s wicked hit that went uncalled in that series. And it would be pretty astonishing if Rick Rypien has forgotten Ben Eager’s also totally ignored by the league and totally unsolicited shot that cold*****ed him.
And who could ever forget Adam Burish’s diving exploits, the 10-metre board all prepared for his performances.
Dustin Byfuglien is already getting his butt enlarging pads ready so as to stick it into the kisser of Roberto Luongo to get him off the dazzling game he showed here in the game six win. “It won’t be hard at all to play Patrick,” said Kesler , when asked if the friendship he may have generated with Patick Kane over the Olympics would make playing in such a series more difficult, particularly given he could end up trying to check him particularly in home games.
“If anything I’m more friends with Jack Johnson and Dustin Brown and this series really wasn’t a problem for me. Let’s face it, I don’t have any friends when I’m on the ice.” And in case you’ve forgotten, remember what Roberto Luongo said to Kane in the players congratulations lineup after the Olympics: “I’ll see you in the playoffs.”