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…

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8 comments

  1. Dominator
    June 7, 2011

    “Resilient bunch?” Can you really call it that when what you are “coming back” from is your own ineptitude and cowardice? I am embarassed for Vancouver, the Canucks organization, and their fans who are in a championship situation for pretty much the first time (ok, second. whatever), and really falling far short of the mark from a sportsmanship and class standpoint. And given the Sedins’ pants-wetting reaction to the elevated level of play and intensity, what a terrible makeup this team has.

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    • critically canuck
      June 7, 2011

      wow, you are certainly quick to find fault.

      as only the second version of the team to get this close, it’s hard to justify a rant against their “sportsmanship, class and make-up”…

      save it for another time.

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  2. Sandlak
    June 7, 2011

    Ah yes, wasn’t it Premier Snooki who showed up on the front page of the tab after the Canucks went up 3-0, just prior to the near epic meltdown against the Hawks? She’s too busy to debate her opponents, but she has time for these wonderful photo-ops. At least we have an easy scapegoat if the Canucks cough up this series. Speaking of which, do you suppose Ehrhoff is German for Fisherman’s Friend, the Hoff was coughing up pucks at will last night.

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  3. Dominator
    June 7, 2011

    No, I will save it for the appropriate time. Which is now. Quick to find fault? I can live with the biting thing, that’s just an indictment on the character of Burrows. Sedin hugs a Bruin creepily to draw a penalty while his brother says he’d rather lose 8-1 than in OT (I’m sure Luongo appreciates that). I’m not sure a bite (regardless of severity or result) is defensible at all. Then Lapierre using it as a prop the next game? This is all just bizarre stuff. Then, there’s the hit on Horton, which speaks for itself. Rant justified and justified right now.

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  4. Mitzy2
    June 7, 2011

    Oh please what’s all this crap about being classless and and embarrassed. Give it a friggen rest. It’s not like Boston is perfect. Never done anything dirty, never slashed or anything. They keep shoving their fingers in the Canucks mouths and then crying the blues when something gets done about it. I find it interesting that the Canucks are up two games and yet all you Boston fans are forgetting that. We still own you, you’ve only won one game, remember? So yeah we aren’t whiners, we are resilient, and we aren’t down and out because of 1 simple loss.

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    • Done Hibernating
      June 8, 2011

      Series tied. Canucks can’t stand the heat in the fight that they started. Burrows is classless. The Sedin twins are shining the yellow of their national flag. Lapierre was surprisingly quiet tonight. The Premier lights the cauldron and the Bruins light up Luongo. Don’t you wish you could just go back in time to Sunday and live there forever? It might be even up, but from what I’ve seen of your boys, all of the pressure is on them Friday night. If they don’t win that game, they won’t be back home until next season.

      I will say this (as a Red Sox fan): I know all too well how painful it is to want something so badly and not be able to get it. As a longtime Pacific Northwesterner, I love the city of Vancouver, but you guys lost yourselves in the early part of this series. Dont count your chickens before they hatch, as the saying goes. As another saying goes, let sleeping bears lie. The Canucks woke the Bruins up and I dont think, given what Ive seen, that they have enough character or heart to put them back to sleep.

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  5. Linda Langdon
    June 8, 2011

    Im very sad that some people think Canucks did not do well?How well would you have done if the other team stuck fingers in your mouth,jabbed the back of your calves.sticks is players mouth re high sticking not called,how would you have played with all that going on,how would you feel if it was your son being jabbed and punched needlessly?Bruins were disgusting,obviously they cannot win without mental and physical abuse.I think this kind of hockey should be restricted viewing,I would not want my kids thinking it is ok to treat other humans in this manner,total abuse,It made me sick to my stomach.Good thing i was not the player,after all that taunting even as gentle a person as i am i would have bit his fingers right off.I think our guys took more then any human should take.Obviously the refs were dirty as well,if they had be honest Bruins would have had a 100 penalties.The Canucks will win the cup,even if they lose again tonight,good real professional hockey will be played fairly in Vancouver.I hope your not too sore form all that jabbing you endure in the back of the legs.Shame on you Boston….I used to be a Bruins fan when Bobby Orr played,i think even he would have been disgusted by there actions.Its too bad what happen to Horton it think is name is,know one wishes any thing like that on anyone,but he wanted to get up and they held him down.Im glad he is ok.Enough is enough,let’s play real hockey !Leave the abuse ,i thought it was against the law?

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  6. I miss Smyl
    June 9, 2011

    Linda- you’re a moron. Both teams have classless hacks on them. You can’t just go about blasting one side and think the other side is squeeky clean. It doesn’t work that way. Torres is one of the biggest goons in the game today, yet you don’t see it. Open your eyes and shut your mouth. It’s idiotic fans like you and the ones who have bailed on the Nucks that give all of hockey a bad name.

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