Canucks Backs Against Wall, Try To Avoid Sweep By Sharks
Vancouver, the number three seed, played a San Jose team that had struggled late in the season, but Vancouver had struggled to.
San Jose sold players at the trade deadline, sending Douglas Murray to Pittsburgh, and Ryan Clowe to New York, but they added Raffi Torres and Scott Hannon, who have played great lately.
On the other side of the series, Vancouver stayed put at the deadline, and they have struggled since then. Ryan Kesler has been the Canucks’ best player in the playoffs, Roberto Luongo was rumored to be traded at the deadline, but it never happened. Luongo is looking at his last game as a Vancouver Canuck, and Vancouver is desperate for a win because winning your division and getting swept wouldn’t go well in Vancouver, who, last year, was the best team in the west and lost to the Stanley Cup Champion L.A Kings.
No matter how you look at it, Vancouver is in a position Canucks fans have seen all-too often over the years, and it could get worse if they get swept.
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