Stars Shine Bright in Vancouver to Take Game Five
Well, that was a real kick to the crotch!!! Brendan Morrow just got a lucky deflection to give the Dallas Stars a 1-0 OT win, prolonging the series back to Dallas, and preventing the Canucks from moving onto the next round.
As a Canucks fan, this brings back bad memories of the 3-1 series lead that the Canucks blew against the Minnesota Wild a few years back. Until the Canucks can bury the Stars, there is always going to be a feeling of uneasiness in this city. We've seen too much hockey tragedy (1994, anyone?) to not expect the worst to happen at times.
The game had a nice flow to it, with only seven minor penalties called and the Stars obviously looking like a desperate team. Like most games in the series, both teams seemed quite comfortable to play 'last goal wins', with both goaltenders in their respective zones.
Eric Lindros made a surprise return and played on a line with pesky Steve Ott and Joel Lundqvist. Lindros finished with 9:46 of ice time and two shots on goal. While Eric looked slow and sluggish, he did make a bit of an impact until he was practically benched later in the game. It could be bad news for the Canucks if Lindros feels comfortable enough to play a bigger role in Game Six.
The Canucks Power Play also continued to be more flaccid than a Florida retiree, going 0-for-3 on the night and now sits at 1-for-24 on the series. The Canucks really lack somebody who will go to the net and create havoc, with the Sedins too content to cycle the puck on the outside and make the predictable Henrik-to-Daniel play. If the Canucks do fall in this series, you can blame the horrible PP unit for their demise.