Get Off Your ASSES Vancouver!
The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks thrived on home ice this season and are expected to continue the trend in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
With another Northwest Division title secured the Canucks return to the post-season with home ice advantage in the first round, but will the crowd at Rogers Arena be able to elevate its involvement after a bitter lockout and shortened season?
Vancouver’s hockey crowd often comes under fire for its corporate identity, yet when the weather warms and suits are ditched for hockey sweaters the building seems to transform into a storm of towels propelled by logo-bearing supporters.
Tonight, after a long and bitter lockout, the Canucks and their faithful fans must return to playoff form on home ice against a Sharks team that travelled poorly throughout the regular season. We don’t want the sit on their ass fans to show up.
My colleague Josh wrote here in mid March that the Rogers Arena crowd on most night is just not acceptable.
The Sharks went 8-14-2 on the road this year, and after a relatively calm regular season it is up to Canucks fans to remind our Western Conference rivals that Rogers Arena is not a friendly building to play in.
Despite large corporate crowds and devastating beer prices Canucks fans have proven their passion for hockey to be beyond limitation in the past, and tonight’s return to the post-season begins another epic journey fans can only hope will be full of Molson Canadian, Towel Power, and even a few “Luuuu” chants.
Luongo’s last stand?
Yes, you read that right.
After watching Luongo backstop the Canucks to within one game of Stanley Cup glory it feels oddly appropriate to see #1 take to crease in Game One, but could tonight’s start mark the end for Luongo after a lengthy tenure in Vancouver?
While Luongo was allegedly notified of his start this morning, the sudden change may not matter once Vancouver’s veteran goaltender returns to the crease and faces his first shot.
Luongo surely knows the extent of Schneider’s injury better than those on the outside, and should be riding a wave of excitement after being given a second chance by the Hockey Gods.
Tonight’s game has given Luongo what could be one last chance to chase the dream that has eluded him for his entire career, and that is something worth cheering for.
After a cold and bitter winter that went far too long without NHL hockey the Stanley Cup Playoffs have finally returned to Rogers Arena, and in what could be Roberto Luongo‘s last playoff game in front of his home fans I expect Rogers Arena to be rowdier than ever tonight during Game One.
The Ginger Jesus may not be in tonight’s lineup, but I expect 18, 630 Canucks fans will be there to pick up the slack as we make noise for the team we love, and the game we can’t get enough of, because it’s the Cup.