The Vancouver Canucks start the playoffs. In Vancouver this is bigger than Christmas and Easter rolled into one. For some it transcends sports and almost reaches a religious quality. (All hail the Canucks) The Vancouver team will play some lads from down South. (California boys) The deal is if I lived in California I would rather be on the beach than on the ice. These California boys have a great goalie and they play tight defence and plan on winning low scoring games. It has worked so far.
The Vancouver Canucks are playing cat and mouse with their superstar, (Dan Sedin) and even though his brother says he’s 100% they did not let anyone know if he would play in the opening series. MY guess is he will. There is also a goal tending question. Roberto or Schneider? No question in my mind, Roberto gets the call and he will be on a short lease.
I am a Roberto fan. Anyone who can play as well as he does under the constant scrutiny of Vancouver’s negative media is good with me. From listening to the media you would think we snuck into the playoffs and don’t really belong. The truth is we came in on a winning streak and we won more hockey games than any other team in the league.
I understand that controversy is what sells papers and provides listeners. It must be a tough way to make a living, trying to find something negative to say everyday to appease the boss. The job application for a sports reporter must have a section that says, “Are you able to write negative comments about the best team in the NHL? If not you need not apply)
To be continued in our next number…