-- The Vancouver Canucks
treated Game 6 as if it was their Game 7, and they played what GM Mike Gillis called their best game of the season. They even made the most dramatic of changes, swapping out the franchise goalie for his inexperienced backup, and for nearly two periods the move actually didn't look terrible even if Cory Schneider
was guilty of a few gaffes.
They essentially pulled out all the stops, and yet here we go again.
For the third straight game Vancouver couldn't figure out a way to hammer the final nail into the Chicago Blackhawks
. So, for the third straight year the team from the Windy City has the Canucks on the ropes, 60 or more minutes away from ruining a perfectly great season that will matter so little in Vancouver they might want to give the NHL back its Presidents' Trophy before it gets destroyed.
Game 7 is Tuesday night at Rogers Arena (10 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, CSN-CH, RDS) and the angst over the hockey team in this city has perhaps never been as high as it is right now because neither have the expectations.