Four reasons the Canucks will bounce back to win Game 4
After an 8-1 thumping Monday night, the party around Vancouver feels like it has been crashed. Here are four reasons why the Canucks are still in good shape heading into Game 4:
1. Roberto Luongo has proven he can bounce back after bad losses. Luongo was lit up in two straight games against the Chicago Blackhawks in round one and many questioned his ability to provide the Canucks with the big game they needed to pull the series out of the fire. Luongo responded by coming a minute and fifty six seconds from a shutout in game seven against the Hawks, before making a crucial save on Patrick Sharp in overtime. History was written shortly after when Alex Burrows put the Hawks down for good, and started the Canucks on their way to where they are now. Luongo should be focused and ready to steal game four from Boston and send the Canucks home looking to win the Stanley Cup on home ice.
2. The Canucks are up two games to one in the series despite only one goal combined from the Sedins twins and Ryan Kesler. Sooner or later the Canucks big game players are going to arrive in the series and the third line of Jannik Hansen, Raffi Torres, and Maxim Lapierre will not be counted on to score the bulk of the teams goals.
3. The Canucks have won two games despite the power play only scoring one goal. All season and throughout the playoffs the Canucks strength has been their special teams. So far in the series with Boston, the power play has been faltering. With the quality of players the Canucks have, the power play likely won’t stay quiet for long. Look for at least one Canucks power play goal in game four.
4. The embarrassment factor. The Canucks suffered one of the worst defeats in Stanley Cup Finals history on Monday night. In a room full of professionals, with millions of eyes on the team on the biggest stage of all, the Canucks will be downright embarrassed by their play and will not repeat it.