Wow. Its been seventeen dreadful years since the Vancouver Canucks have made it to the Western Conference Finals, but it is now safe to say that the seventeen years are over. After defeating the Nashville Predators in a 4-2 series victory, the Canucks are one step closer to becoming Stanley Cup champions. The Nashville series was an interesting one to watch, especially with the stellar defense that the Predators possessed. Unfortunately for them, the Canucks were just too much to handle and suffered the loss. However, as the Canucks advance further into the playoffs, the competition will only become tougher. The Western Conference Finals looks to be an exciting matchup filled with intensity and emotion.
In my opinion, I think that this year is Vancouver’s year. The Canucks have been around for forty years and have suffered a championship drought throughout their whole existence. With what could arguably the best team the franchise has had in forty years, the Canucks’ shot at a championship is attainable. What I also found interesting was this:
- In 1932, Lake Placid, New York hosted the Winter Olympics. In 1933, the Stanley Cup champions were the New York Rangers.
- In 1980, Lake Placid once again hosted the Winter Olympics. The following year of 1981, it was the New York Islanders who brought home the cup.
- The 1976 Summer Olympics were held in Montreal, Quebec. The Montreal Canadians won the Stanley Cup in 1977.
- In 1988, the Winter Olympics were hosted in Calgary, Alberta. Once again, the following year of 1989 was when the Calgary Flames won their first and only Stanley Cup.
- The 2010 Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is now the year of 2011 and the Canucks are still in the playoffs. Does this mean that the Canucks will finally lift up the cup? Is this the year? I really do hope so..
As a fellow Vancouverite, I will be rooting and cheering for the Canucks all the way!!