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Canucks star hilariously pranks goalie at practice

Published May 2, 2024 at 2:06 PM

In the high-stakes atmosphere of the NHL playoffs, it's crucial for teams to maintain a balanced mindset, especially following a disappointing loss.

JT Miller, known for his intensity on the ice, unexpectedly shifted gears during a recent Vancouver Canucks practice session, injecting a moment of levity after the team's tough loss in Game 5 against the Nashville Predators.

As the Canucks prepared for their morning skate, Miller made a playful wardrobe swap by donning the pink patterned dress shirt of goaltender Arturs Silovs instead of his usual jersey.

The light-hearted move was not only a break from the norm but also a subtle way of lifting his team's spirits. This playful act was captured and shared widely, as evidenced by a post on X:

The Canucks had previously missed a golden chance to close out their playoff series at home, succumbing to the Predators after relinquishing a late one-goal lead. The loss extended the series and necessitated another long journey back to Nashville.

Publicly, the team had expressed a strong desire to wrap up the series in five games to avoid additional travel. Miller himself highlighted the grueling '8.5 hours of flying' required if the Predators prevailed, a sentiment captured here:

Now facing the challenge of a sixth game on Nashville's home ice, the Canucks confront the possibility of a decisive seventh game. The situation is made all the more precarious with key goaltenders Thatcher Demko and backup Casey DeSmith recovering from injuries.

Traditionally, complaining about travel in sports is viewed unfavorably, often considered bad karma, and Vancouver will have to hope that these concerns don't jinx their efforts.

Looking beyond the immediate challenge, the potential second-round matchup between the Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers promises to be a thrilling encounter.

The rivalry, which extends beyond the players to enliven the fanbases in both cities, suggests that a series with the Oilers would be intensely competitive and a highlight of the NHL postseason. Certainly, the Oilers will be watching closely as Vancouver attempts to overcome their current hurdles and secure their spot in the next round.
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