Down 3-1 in their series against the Hawks, the Canucks have looked at times alright, at times good, but mostly completely unlike themselves. Daniel Sedin trying to start a fight, captain and gold medal-winning goalie Roberto Luongo letting in (many) soft goals in back-to-back games – these are not normal things in Canuckworld.

The Hawks, it seems are in the heads of the Canucks; the good guys are squeezing their sticks, rushing plays and taking dumb penalties.

Maybe it’s a blessing that I haven’t been able to watch that much of the action. All I’ve gotten to see is:

  • the first period of Game 1, when the Canucks were up 2-0 and went on to win 5-1.
  • the first period of Game 4, which was patchy, but they went to the dressing room tied 2-2. Though they then went on to lose 7-4.

I won’t be watching any of the game tonight, which starts at 1 am, because I’ll be getting to bed early for the first day of my internship at a magazine publisher, which starts tomorrow. Getting an internship right out of university is good news, and if the Canucks continue to play like some Bizarro-world of themselves, I’ll be well-shot of the aggravation.

But I believe.

They’re better than they’ve been playing, and if they find their game tonight, it could be a whole different series.

They’ve got everything to play for and nothing to lose.

Go Canucks Go!

UPDATE: I watched the first period in bed. It was awesome. I was super-tired on my first day, but totally worth it. The good guys played like the team they are, from goal on out. Ace.