And no, we are not talking about an order of Depends adult size diapers for the lucky 20 who get to defend the honour of this frantic city heading into the next possible elimination game against the hated Hawks.
After two knock-out losses, clearly something is broken, so here are some suggested fixes:
- Start Cory Schneider in net. And while it will not happen (Coach Vigneault tabbed Luongo as his starter within minutes of Thursday’s disaster), it seems like a win-win for all concerned. His teammates have clearly thrown Roberto under the bus. Starting Schneider would be a signal from the coaching staff that such mutiny will not be tolerated any longer. If he manages a win, all is forgiven and we can move onto the next round with Lou rightfully retaining his spot at the front of the bus. If he loses, the franchise icon (and his beleaguered mates) get one last shot at redemption at home in Game 7 with Alain Vigneault having seemingly exhausted all of his options.
- Send Raffi Torres to the press box. Remember the first two games of this series when everyone was marveling at the Canucks’ depth and the Hawks lack of it? When Torres was serving the final two games of his suspension? Yes, we won those games. Torres is the proverbial red cape to the Hawks’ rampaging bulls. Every time he does something, it gives them just a little bit extra. We don’t need that.
- Get Cody Hodgson more ice. The sheltered one, likely tiring of the kid glove treatment he’s been getting from team brass all season, was the Canucks’ most dangerous forward last game with limited minutes. And while that might not say much, it’s clear that he’s not been here long enough to be conditioned to pant pooping every time the going gets tough.
- Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows are missing in action so why not put them back together. At worst, only one line is neutralized this way. At best, they can yap at each other to the point of turning their collective games around.
- There is precious little good playoff history for us to celebrate in Vancouver. But some of the best of it happened against these damn Hawks. Forget about analyzing video from the two nightmarish losses. How about cuing up footage from the famed ‘82 series against Chicago? Ron Delorme’s pummeling of Grant Mulvey. Roger Neilson and the white towels. Jim Nill’s overtime winner. Heroic net-minding from King Richard. That team couldn’t carry this team’s collective jock-straps talent wise, but they cared about each other.
And while we don’t expect many (if any) of these things to happen, the simple fact that they don’t might tell you all you need to know about those running the show.
Enjoy Game 6 where we can only hope that this Easter Sunday won”t be remembered as another massacre at the madhouse on Madison.