After what could only be considered a successful first period, the Canucks’ world unraveled. And when it was all over the Canucks were the victims of the second biggest Stanley Cup Final blow out in NHL history. Meanwhile, Premier Christy Clark was seen lighting an Olympic cauldron.
And while we certainly expected the Bruins to finally get some puck luck, we didn’t expect the Canucks’ power play to wind up minus two on the night (and are now a combined one for 17 in the series).
After surviving an early five minute major penalty on a hit that will likely fetch Aaron Rome a suspension, the Canucks outplayed the Bruins for the remainder of the first and looked to be in great shape on the road, up two games to nothing and presumably having weathered the best the Bruins had to offer.
But then it all fell apart. Literally. So says Alex Edler’s stick. And when it was done, the Canucks had been badly exposed. And with the 8-1 deficit, they became the second biggest Stanley Cup Final losers ever replicating a 1996 beatdown of the Florida Panthers by the Colorado Avalanche and bested only by the 1991 elimination of the Minnesota North Stars by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 8-0. You’ll note neither of those teams went on to win the Cup.
But we all know that this team is a resilient bunch. If there was ever a game to bury, it would be this one. So in the grand scheme of things, this loss means nothing. Though it should be a clear signal to Christy Clark that re-lighting an Olympic cauldron midway through a series it like talking about a shutout on the bench. But clearly she’d know nothing about that…Tags: Boston Bruins, Christy Clark, Stanley Cup Final, Vancouver Canucks