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Jason Gray-Stanford - Three down. One to go.

Tuesday, 04.21.2009 / 5:28 PM / NHL Celeb Blogs

By Jason Gray-Stanford - Special to NHL.com

Blog 2 - Tuesday, April 21

How about the Canucks closing it out tonight? I think they're taking it to those poor Blues, they don't seem to have an answer.

Really, as we sit right near the end of it, the story comes down to two hot teams - St. Louis and Vancouver - but with Vancouver having just a bit of an edge in talent. Nothing against the Blues - I mean, they were amazing down the stretch and they've made the Canucks fight for everything they've gotten.

The special teams were phenomenal; the Power Plays and the Penalty Kills were outstanding. They had the chance to win on those 5-on-3s, and they couldn't do it, and it comes down to the goalie...Luongo. Come on.

The boys and Backes really haven't found a rhythm, St. Louis was never really known for an offensive attack in the beginning, and the Canucks are just too well-schooled defensively, and Luongo too good at smothering up pucks.

But the 'Nucks were just a wee bit better when it counted, and they've played themselves up to a 3-0 lead.

I have to say, the Sedins, Burrows, the defense - everyone is playing so well. Even with Sundin going down with the undisclosed injury. In some odd way, they didn't even skip a beat. So I'm actually not too worried, other than the fact that I'd like to see him get back into the fray.

In an odd way, I wish there was more to blog about with the Canucks, and they're just cruising along on autopilot. That's not to say the games aren't exciting. St. Louis is game, but they're just getting out-played. The Canucks are too deep, too talented, and these guys would have to play absolutely out of their minds.

They're winning, and it's not dramatic victories, they're just cruising along, battling. The score doesn't reflect how they're out-playing the Blues. The defense has been a rock so far. I don't want to talk about that, I don't want to jinx anything.

But then again, and I have to be honest here... there is no way they're going to beat Luongo four games in a row.

Print it.


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Author: Jason Gray-Stanford | Special to NHL.com

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