After a 1-0 start in the Stanley Cup finals, the Vancouver Canucks are hoping to keep up momentum in tomorrow’s game 2 to win their first Stanley Cup. The last time the Canucks vied for the Cup was in 1994, when after a crushing defeat rioting in Downtown Vancouver caused injuries, property damage, and arrests.
The 2010-11 season was ripe with team firsts for the Canucks, who won 50 games in a single season, took first place in the Western Conference, and was awarded with the President’s Trophy for finishing with the best regular season record–all franchise-firsts. Still, with all the accolades piling up the Stanley Cup remains teetering at arm’s reach.
Following Wednesday night’s 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins late in the game, the Canucks are counting on goalie Roberto Luongo to provide as staunch a barrier tomorrow night as he did on Wednesday, defending all 36 shots made against him. In the best of 7 series, momentum is always important and winning games played at home seems more crucial than ever. Wednesday night’s game was played in Vancouver, as will Saturday’s, but games 3 and 4 will both be played in Boston so the Canucks would love to go into Boston with a 2-0 lead in the series.
Since joining the NHL in 1945, the Vancouver Canucks have been to the Stanley Cup finals 3 times and twice they have tasted the bitterness of defeat. This season though seemed different from the beginning, and perhaps it’s time for the Canucks to sip some victory champagne from that prized silver Cup.