The Canucks find themselves in an unwelcome situation against the Blackhawks, down 3-1 heading into Sunday's Game 5 tilt in Chicago. After welcoming this matchup as a way to atone for last season's ouster at the hands of these very same Blackhawks, the Canucks have lost their way. The Blackhawks have reeled off three consecutive wins after the Canucks opened the series with a convincing 5-2 triumph.
Turns out, it was fools gold. They've undermined their own effort with undisciplined penalties leading to a
In the Eastern Conference, Game 6 of the Penguins-Canadiens series shifts back to Montreal. One element not likely to change is the style of play. It has become increasingly evident that the Canadiens have succeeded in making this a series of tight-checking, low-scoring affairs. From that standpoint, they've accomplished a lot against the Penguins.
Game 5 proved, however, that the Penguins' could play that way too -- just as they did in winning Game 3 in Montreal by a 2-0 count. Goaltender
In front of Fleury, the Penguins forechecked harder, with the forwards punishing the Habs defenders with bodychecks at every turn. To counter the Canadiens' effective man-on-man defense, the forwards used the point men to spread the defenders out. That low-to-high puck movement, coupled with staunch screeners in front of goaltender
Gill left the game in the third period after