HEADED TO ST. LOUIS
The Canucks practiced for 45 minutes Saturday morning before taking off for St. Louis to prepare for Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference Quarter Final against the Blues.
Every player skated and the vibe in the locker room afterwards was extremely positive, although the Canucks are putting themselves in the same mindset as the Blues.
The previous two games mean nothing; it’s all about Game 3 and coming out on top.
Picking up a win in St. Louis is easier said than done with the Blues performing much better at home during the regular season finishing with a record of 23-13-5.
Combine that with the fact that fans in Missouri have been starving for playoff hockey since 2004 and Sunday night’s game promises to have its share of fireworks.
“I think both teams so far have had a lot of energy and handled the moments pretty well, it’s going to be obviously a fun environment with two teams battling hard and we’re going to be ready for it and I’m sure they’re going to be ready for it,” said coach Alain Vigneault.
The Canucks head in to The Lou as a confident group after winning both games at GM Place to take a 2-0 series lead.
One of the main reasons Vancouver has had success is the play of Roberto Luongo
whose been nearly unbeatable allowing only one goal in two games. Dating back to the final two games of the regular season, Luongo has three shutouts in his last four starts.
“I feel great, I’m seeing the puck well, guys are doing a great job in front of me as far as clearing the way for me to see the puck and sometimes when you don’t see it, it hits you,” Luongo said.
“It’s nice to know that sometimes the puck bounces your way like that.”
Luongo expects the Blues to have a lot more jump in front of their faithful fans to start Game 3, but he’s more than ready for the challenge.
“They’re going to be in front of their fans so they’re going to be a bit more energized and they’re going to try to come out harder than they have,” said Luongo, adding that he’s having the time of his life so far this post-season.
“This is what hockey’s all about and given the fact that I haven’t had much playing time in the playoffs, you try to take it in as much as you can and enjoy the moment and do the best you can.”
Sunday’s Game 3 is scheduled for 4 p.m. (PT) in St. Louis and can be seen on CBC and Versus.