VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – In case you just couldn’t watch until the final buzzer, the Canucks ended up taking a crushing 7-2 defeat in Chicago last night.
Fans in Vancouver are still trying to wrap their heads around that loss, and we’re checking in with them on the brutal Game Four score. They’re not cussing, blaming, or really pointing any fingers. No throwing yourself off this bandwagon, either, not even after the almost-embarrassing loss.
“It’s one game, anything can happen in one game,” reasons one man. “Chicago’s not going to let them win in their building.”
“I had a feeling that Chicago had the potential to win this game,” says another. “I was a little bit unimpressed with the loss and how crazy it was. But I’m not giving up, we’ll get ’em.”
These calm, rational, and emotionally stable fans tell us they’re getting what they wanted: They’ll get to celebrate the Blackhawks’ end here at home.”
Roberto Luongo was shell-shocked. He had five of the seven goals scored against him and was pulled part-way through the third period. But you can expect to see Bobby Lou back in goal tomorrow.
“The only way we will see Cory [Schneider] in Game Five is if Roberto struggles big-time again,” explains News1130 Sports Director Ann Schmaltz.
“Roberto will get the start; Alain Vigneault is going to go back right back to the all-star goalie, [although] he looked anything but last night. Cory will only come in if there are serious issues and serious problems.”
The ‘Hawks hit the ice last night with a completely different mindset, according to Rick Dhaliwal with News1130 Sports. “They played with intensity, they showed why they’re the defending champs.”
“It’s going to be easy for the Canucks to forget this game, move on, and get ready for Game Five,” he adds. “But the problem is doubt has crept in a little bit for the first time this series.”
He says it’s that sense of doubt that will kill you when you play a team like Chicago.
What do the Canucks have to do now?
“This is a game that they absolutely have to turn the page on. I know a lot of teams say that; the Canucks have said it in the past,” says Schmaltz. “But you can’t even sit down and begin to analyze that one because absolutely everything was wrong. Re-group, re-focus, and just come out in Game Five ready to play and dictate the play right off the hop.”
The puck drops for Game Five tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Rogers Arena. Ann Schmaltz is following the Canucks’ playoffs, and will be providing updates and analysis as they make a run to the Cup.