With the Canucks in full command of a series that they could just as easily be trailing two games to nothing, you have to like their chances to finish off the Bruins sooner rather than later.
No doubt the Boston faithful feel that their team is most unlucky to be returning to Beantown without at least a split. Both games have been tightly contested and decided by the slimmest of margins. With last night’s tilt controlled almost entirely by a player, Alex Burrows, whom, many will argue, should have not been playing.
But if you’re a Boston fan, you should be a little concerned that the Canucks’ best player to date has been their goalie, who appears to be completely in a zone right now. Whether stopping pucks with his mask or attentively covering for his mates’ mistakes, he seems unflappable right now. And if you’re a team with as little relative forward depth as the Bruins, that should be a monumental cause for concern.
And what about the Canucks’ elite forward group? Well, despite Burrows’ dominance last night, Henrik Sedin declared that it was their worst playoff game as a line this post season. Indeed, if you were looking to identify the Canucks’ best all around forward after two games, you might be looking at Jannik Hansen.
And such is the story of the Vancouver run this post season, who have adopted a hero-by-committee approach to their success, which really speaks to the team’s tremendous depth. With equal but rarely coincident brillance from Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, Daniel Sedin, Roberto Luongo and now Alex Burrows, should the playoffs end today, the Conn Smythe Trophy award may be up for grabs like no time before.
So should Luongo continue his play, that, on its own, might be enough to ensure a Stanley Cup victory, but should the Canucks’ high end talent start filling the net again, while Luo continues to tend to his business, the Bruins continued losses will have nothing to do with luck and everything to do with the Canucks being the better team.Tags: 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Alex Burrows, Boston Bruins, Conn Smythe Trophy, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks