By Mary Paoletti
Alain Vigneault tried to shake up some good luck for his Vancouver Canucks this weekend.
Vancouver surrendered a 3-0 series lead to Chicago, letting the Blackhawks claw back to 3-2 before Game 6 rolled around. This is when Vigneault made his changes.
1. Team warmed up with tennis balls instead of pucks during Saturday practice.
2. Vigneault wore jeans to his presser and shorts to a media meet on Sunday morning.
3. Vancouver went helmetless in pre-game warmups.
4. Cory Schneider started intend of Vezina Trophy finalist Roberto Luongo.
The results weren't quite what Vigneault wanted. In fact, his Opposite Day approach actually produced the exact opposite of what he wanted (WEIRD!!!!!): the Canucks lost again.
Game 7 is scheduled for Tuesday, 10 p.m. Think Vigneault is going to give up that tactic, so his team doesn't do something grotesquely horrifying like blow a three-game series lead?
No way! WGS has the inside info on what the Canucks coach has planned for the Final Countdown.
1. Team will warm up with kittens instead of tennis balls. Vigneault's theory is that the little buggers will hone his Canucks' skills even better because they're wily and will try to escape being hit with hockey sticks. Reportedly, Chris Neil is going to provide the kittens. (You know, because he's not busy right now.)
(Days of Y'Orr photo)
2. Vigneault is going to dress in a cheerleader uniform during Tuesday morning media scrums. What better way to get the Canucks pumped up than to show he believes that they can get the job done.
And he's going to bring some cheerleader friends!
They might want to practice a little more.
3. Vancouver will not wear any pads during the game on Tuesday. This is the plan anyway. I assume there will be some push back.
4. Dan Ellis will start in goal instead of Roberto Luongo.
The Twitter account is fake and so was the deal, but somehow Vigneault got it extended for Game 7. Ellis is quoted as saying "Whatevs, I was bored anyway." The Ducks sometimes-netminder is considering having eyeholes punched into this gold Incan mask so he can have it attached to his helmet.
Why? Why not.
"It was a problem for me," says Ellis. "I've got all these precious antiquities laying around and no use for them. The mask will make my helmet heavy, but whatevs. Gold is super shiny and I like that."
Will all of these tricks work? Sad Bear hopes not.