Rebounds no problem for Luongo in Game 5
Roberto Luongo was labeled "Reboundo Luongo" in a local paper after Game 4, but he quickly dispelled that nickname Sunday night following a 4-1 victory by the Canucks in Chicago.
The Vancouver captain rarely gave up a juicy rebound in Game 5, the exact opposite of the last three games of the series. The Blackhawks were not getting any second or third opportunities around the net.
Luongo isn't one for superstitions, but he made a few changes before Game 5. He shaved his playoff beard and did speak to the media on game day. He likely won't be changing those practices ahead of Game 6 on Tuesday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 9:30 p.m. ET).
The Canucks, much like in Game 1, turned a blind eye to all the shenanigans after the whistle. They weren't intimidated by Chicago, but there weren't going out of their way to instigate either.
It was the formula they used in Game 1 to great success. The Hawks seemed disengaged early in the game and once the Canucks got a lead they were able to keep Chicago in a slumber.
Dropping like flies
The Canucks lost four different players for a stretch of time in Game 5. Defenceman Sami Salo was lost late in the first period after taking a shot to what looked like the wrist or ribs. There were later reports that he might have ruptured his testicle. Salo was taken to the hospital.
Defenceman Shane O'Brien left for stitches in the second period after catching Dustin Byfuglien's stick just above the eye. The crowd booed O'Brien while he was down on the ice and as he made his way to the bench despite the trail of blood he left behind him.
There was no call on the play, which confused the Canucks because Byfuglien caught Salo in his follow through after taking a shot at the side of the net. O'Brien made a quick return after he was stitched up. He benefited from the long stoppage needed to mop up the blood.
Mason Raymond also left the game briefly. It was thought to be an equipment problem, but when he returned to the bench, he was followed by Canucks trainer Mike Burnstein.
Daniel Sedin took a slash to the knee late in the second and didn't finish the period. The Canucks were on the penalty kill at the time. He did return for the third.
Salo's injury was obviously the most serious of the bunch and was still being evaluated in a Chicago area hospital. The Canucks don't have a lot of options if they need to replace him for Game 6.
Aaron Rome's is struggling with a lower body injury and did not travel to Chicago. Neither did Nolan Baumgartner, who has only been skating a few days since he suffered a knee injury in the first round. Career minor leaguer Lawrence Nycholat is currently the team's seventh defenceman.
No home-ice advantage
The Canucks are 2-1 at the United Center in this series and 0-2 at GM Place. In each of the games in Chicago, the Canucks have scored first and led for the majority of the game. At home, they have yet to play with a lead.