Game 7 preview: The reaction from Vancouver
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George LeClaireemail@example.com Chicago Blackhawks' Ryan Johnson in a face off with Vancouver Canucks' Maxium Lapierre in game 6 of the Stanley Cup quarterfinals at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday.
Oh, things are really, really getting hot under the collar in Vancouver following the Blackhawks thrilling 4-3 OT victory Sunday.
As a deciding Game 7 looms, here's some of the reaction from the Vancouver newspapers:
Ed Willes, Vancouver Province:
There is still one final excrutiating chapter to be played out in this story and there will likely be more twists and turns between now and the puck-drop for Game 7 on Tuesday night.
But know this. For all the intrigue and drama already generated by the two teams through the first six games of their Western Conference quarterfinal — and Game 6 on Sunday night was basically The Godfather, Gladiator and Avatar rolled into one three-and-a-half hour epic — the final act will define this edition of the Vancouver Canucks for the next five years.
All the promise, all the talk, means nothing now. It comes down to one game which will be remembered in this market for a long, long time; not that Game 6 will be easy to forget.
Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun:
Prepare to hear a lot of the following in the next 24 hours:
"We played all year to have Game 7 on our home ice."
The Vancouver Canucks will say it, and who knows, maybe even mean it. But in their heart of hearts, they will know that a Game 4, 5 or 6 elimination of the Chicago Blackhawks would have saved a lot of stress and doubt and recrimination.
Now, after losing a 4-3 heartbreaker in overtime — their third straight to wipe out what once looked like an insurmountable 3-0 series lead — the Canucks will have to roll the dice one more time at home, where they lost Game 5 by a staggering 5-0 count … and hope that old saw actually has some teeth left on it.
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