After a lackluster performance in a 5-1 defeat on Saturday, Chicago made it a point to do what it had to do to upset the All-Star goalie.
Afterwards, Hawks defenseman
The Hawks, who trailed early for the second straight game, began to rally around their sense of fight and stormed back from an 2-0 hole for a 4-2 victory. Now the Canucks have to choose how to respond when the series shifts to their house, GM Place, and to a man, they realize they need to respond more forcefully.
This is nothing new to the guys from Vancouver. Last season, the St. Louis Blues tried to do the same thing to Luongo. When the Canucks complained, Blues coach
"We've got to play meaner [in Game 3], a whole lot grittier," Canucks defenseman
O'Brien was among the Canucks who were on the ice during the in-your-face spraying and simply chose to skate away, either out of discretion or pacifism. Now they have to do something, even if it means taking an extra penalty or two. The officials will also dictate some of the response. For sure, they have discussed the matter of goalie encroachment with the war room in Toronto, which has issued whatever sort of instructions the league feels is appropriate.
Indeed, if the officials had been more protective of Luongo, the winning goal might never have been scored. With the score tied, 2-2, in the third period, Hawks forward
The Canucks have started well in two straight games, even with the pro-Hawks crowd of over 22,000 at the United Center. The first few minutes of Game 3 will be crucial. Maybe the Canucks need to see how the officials are going to handle things. If they let the Hawks forwards bang Luongo, perhaps the Canucks need to do the same to Hawks' goalie
Either way, as