Canucks 0 – 4 Bruins

Last night did not go down quite the way I had hoped. I watched this team win 54 games in the regular season. I watched Daniel Sedin win the Art Ross Trophy and Roberto Luongo win the Jennings. I watched this team vanquish their archnemesis in Chicago, then systematically do away with the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks. I watched this team win 15 of the necessary 16 games a team needs to win it all. And then, rather than watching that last win — the win where the Canucks hoist the Cup — like I truly, madly, and deeply believed I would, I watched this game:

  • Speaking of savage gardens, I was eight years old in 1994, when the New York Rangers hoisted the Stanley Cup in the Garden at Madison Square and the fans in Vancouver, overwhelmed with foolish emotion, took it to the streets. Without last night, I don’t think it would have been possible for me to fully understand the disappointment a sensible, non-rioting Canuck fan felt then. It must have been an awful feeling, I always thought, to watch a loss so disheartening, one win from the team I loved winning it all, then, in the instant you made up your mind that it could be okay — that you could console yourself because it was only a game — the city began to burn, and the consolation faded away. I used to think it was probably an awful feeling. Now I know.
  • So what happened to the Canucks? The Boston Bruins outplayed them. Tim Thomas was amazing. Brad Marchand had more points in the final five games than the entirety of the Vancouver roster. Zdeno Chara shut down the twins like a greedy landlord looking to gentrify. We can complain all we want about an atrociously called and managed series by the NHL, and it was, no doubt, but it doesn’t even come close to explaining away the manner in which Boston won this Final outright. Sure, the Canucks were completely worn out, and maybe this series goes differently if the Canucks’ entire second line isn’t too injured to play (although Kesler played anyway, of course), but seven games took place and Boston won four of them. There’s your explanation.
  • That said, friggin’ Boston is so charmed it’s stupid. A bunch of Massachusetts farmers managed to win a war against the eighteenth century British army. Every one of their major sports teams has won a championship in the last seven years. And the Afflecks continue to find work. It’s not fair.
  • While most of the Canucks were worn down physically, and there will be announced surgeries aplenty over the next week or so, Roberto Luongo was worn down emotionally and his play on the Canucks’ second and third goals simply wasn’t that of a strong, sturdy goaltender. On Marchand’s wrap-around, he uncharacteristically (this season, anyway) shuffled out of his crease, then, after diving across to make the save (and taking out Daniel Sedin in the process), he knocked the puck into his own net. On the third goal, he stepped aside after Patrice Bergeron was hauled down, letting the puck get past him when he should have held his ground until he heard the whistle. These are mental errors that a goalie can’t make in a game seven.
  • It seemed like Luongo simply didn’t have any more headspace to prevent them. I’ve been saying all year that he’s one of the most emotional players in the game; if there remains any doubt, watch his interaction with Tim Thomas in the postgame handshake line (at about 0:52). Thomas is trying to pay him a compliment, but Luongo’s not listening. Instead, he pats Thomas on the chest over and over, his face glowing with disappointment. It’s a strange moment, as I almost expected the congratulatory taps to turn into weakly thrown punches from an melancholy wreck. They may have.
  • Truth is, Roberto Luongo wasn’t made for the playoffs. Without a doubt, he’s shown that he can win big games. He proved it at the Olympics. He proved it in game 7 versus Chicago. He’s no choker and he’s one of the world’s best goalies. But, for a guy as emotional as he is, the intensity of the long postseason just wears him out. He admitted how emotionally worn down he was after the Olympics, and he only started five games. After Round 1 of these playoffs, he had to be about that exhausted, especially when he admitted the win over Chicago meant more to him. And he played three more rounds. He was beat. People are going to call Luongo soft. Truth is, they’re right. That said, I hate the term; only in the chest-pounding, dick-measuring world of athletes is being an emotional person a character flaw. But, Luongo chose to live and work in this world, and he’s going to need to steel up if he wants to win big. He’s absolutely capable. Here’s hoping he learns from this year.
  • Just as we learned, last night, that some Canucks fans were bad eggs, we learned that some Rogers Arena stanchions are too. The fifth stanchion in from blueline at the visitors’ bench? A hero. The second stanchion in from the blueline on the opposite side of the ice? The devil. Patrice Bergeron’s shorthanded breakaway comes after the puck takes a funny bounce off a rotten stanchion and gets past a flat-footed Christian Ehrhoff. Let this be a lesson, folks. As it says in the Book of Job, the stanchion giveth, and the stanchion taketh away.
  • There was a short-lived debate over whether or not Chris Higgins meant to collide with Zdeno Chara on an open-ice hit near the end of the first period. It looked, to me, like an accidental collision. Most media guys tweeted that it was “another” intentional attempt to injure. Amazingly, Damien Cox said it looked accidental. He then asked for a cup of sugarwater and headed out to hide his spaceship.
  • Is it possible that Gary Bettman is a killbot that feeds on boos like Scangrade uses lead from the no. 2 pencil? Considering his insistence on making a poorly-received speech, year after year, I think it’s a realistic assumption. Is it also possible, then, that cheers, rather, would make him all bloated and gassy? We should try this.
  • Chris Tanev played fourteen solid minutes last night. He had three giveaways, but he was the only Canucks’ defenseman to finish with an even plus/minus rating and he had five blocked shots. Safe to say he’ll probably be a regular on the Vancouver blueline for awhile. Here’s hoping he comes back next year harder, better, faster, and stronger, although I’d be remiss if he were abducted and brainwashed like the Crescendolls.
  • Meanwhile, you had to feel for Keith Ballard, who was acquired specifically so that the Canucks would have puck-movers if injuries piled up in the playoffs, and had to sit there while Vancouver dressed a raw rookie, Alex Edler with two broken fingers, and Christian Ehrhoff with a shoulder in desperate need of surgery. The latter two hardly looked capable of movement. You have to think Ballard would have been an improvement over, you know, the walking dead. Poor Hips. Looking around that dressing room, perfectly preserved, while everyone else was shambling about with horrible injuries must have been horrible for him. Next time he watches 28 Days Later, he’s gonna have a pretty good idea of what Cillian Murphy is feeling as he walks through London.
  • Don Cherry suggested that the trainers made Mason Raymond walk off the ice in game six because, after all the embellishing in the series, they didn’t believe he was seriously injured. That’s ludicrous. Also ludicrous? Chris Bridges.
  • Daniel and Henrik Sedin finished with identical minus-4 ratings, and this time, it was somewhat earned. On the opening goal, Daniel Sedin goes forward on the faceoff, leaving a wide open gap for the Bruins to pounce on the puck when it’s drawn back. At that point in a scoreless game 7, you don’t go forward on a defensive zone draw. Henrik then does nothing to tie up Bergeron’s stick on Brad Marchand’s pass into the middle of the ice. Also a poor play. At times in this postseason, the Sedins looked so intent on creating offense that they missed defensive assignments. It was a bit of a regression for players known for their two-way play. In some sense, I wonder if Alain Vigneault created this monster by excusing them from defensive shifts all season long. It may have changed their mentality a little.
  • Give credit to Kevin Bieksa, who finished with a game-high 28:39 of icetime, 7 hits, and four shots. Hats off to a guy that looked on his way out of town at the beginning of the year, and finished as the Canucks’ big-minute man in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. He absolutely has to be re-signed. If he is, he and Hamhuis (who tore his groin in game 1 of this series and was sorely missed) look to be the backbone pairing of the Canucks’ blueline for the next five years.
  • I really didn’t like some of that chippy crap at the end of the game. After Burrows is taken out on a nasty hit that should have been whistled for interference, he takes a run at Rich Peverley. After Hansen is butt-ended in the face by Tim Thomas and then high-sticked again by Zdeno Chara, he takes a run at Andrew Ference. Not cool. Granted, I understand the frustration. At the beginning of the season, the Canucks decided to cut out the garbage after the whistle and trust the referees to make the right call. It backfired on them in a big way in this series, as the refs simply didn’t make those calls. But their frustration was misplaced. They still got powerplays, and they simply didn’t convert when they had the chance. But it’s hard to hit oneself in open ice.
  • All told, the real highlight of this game was Scott Oake telling Milan Lucic his mom was hot. Anyone else catch that?
  • And finally, we at PITB have had an absolute blast covering the Canucks for you this year, and we thank you (seriously, so much) for your support. We’ll have a slightly reduced posting schedule during the summer, but make sure to check us every day, because there’s still plenty planned. We’ll be trying some experiments, riffing on any good stuff we find, and doing our best to pass the time until puck drops next September. Then, we’ll be right back in full swing, covering every bloggable moment from the 2011-12 season in the hopes that next year has a better ending. As Marvin Berry says at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in Back to the Future, “don’t nobody go nowhere.”
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84 comments

  1. peanutflower
    June 16, 2011

    No, thank YOU!! Now what are you and your colleagues going to do for the next 65 or so days until pre-season?

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  2. Timmy Wong
    June 16, 2011

    Big thanks for the coverage you have provided this season – your IWTGs were certainly a positive to look forward to after 7-1 shellackings.

    As well, big thanks to the numerous volunteers out there cleaning up our city after last night’s embarrassment.

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  3. JoeC
    June 16, 2011

    Congrats to Bruins for a hard fought Cup Title. Next year Bruins vs Blackhawks. Hawks in five!

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 16, 2011

      I’m with ya!

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  4. Dave
    June 16, 2011

    Thank you so much for what you’ve done this year. You’ve been awesome.

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  5. Mary
    June 16, 2011

    A Savage Garden reference, with one of my favourite sappy songs ever?

    PITB Crew, I love you all. xoxox

    Seriously though – thank you for being sane, logical, and yet true Canucks fans during this season and post season.

    I can only keep my fingers crossed that you’ll be doing some PITB work over the summer, before the 2011/2012 season starts up. Please?

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    • Daniel Wagner
      June 16, 2011

      Of course. We’ll definitely be providing some quality off-season coverage of the Canucks and hockey in general. Heck, the NHL Entry Draft is just a week away.

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  6. Sarah
    June 16, 2011

    Thanks guys for your even-keel, insight all year.

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  7. Flipcan
    June 16, 2011

    Thanks for a great year. Thoroughly enjoyed all the IWTG blogs. Looking forward to your off-season coverage of the Canucks.

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  8. cwhite
    June 16, 2011

    Thanks for all the IWTGs (and other great articles) throughout the year. Yesterday I thought I would be absolutely devastated if they lost, but I am taking it surprisingly well (except for the riots) after realizing that they had nothing left to give, and last night at least, were simply not the best team on the ice. I am extremely optimistic that they will learn from this experience and win that 16th game in the near future. Extremely proud of this team. Congrats to Boston – they deserved it.

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  9. SteveB
    June 16, 2011

    Thank you. PITB writers are consistently smart, funny and entertaining.
    Have a great Summer, let’s win one more game next season.
    until then- Go BC Lions!

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  10. beninvictoria
    June 16, 2011

    See you guys in like 10 days. DRAFT DAY BABY! Thanks for the solid year.

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 16, 2011

      Draft another Grabner, then waive him. :-)

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  11. vancityt
    June 16, 2011

    And my heartache continues.

    Thanks, guys, for all your hard work and much-needed humour this season.

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  12. J Walter Weatherman
    June 16, 2011

    Thanks for the great blogging. I sincerely think that you guys put the best hockey writing out there.

    I’ll do some Charlie Brown walking down the seawall, maybe Luongo will be there doing the same. Regarding him being emotional/”soft”, I think repeated playoff heartbreak can “toughen” him up and change him. That’s at least the story behind this NBA season, with Nowitzki overcoming years of playoff under-performing.

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 16, 2011

      Think Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills.

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  13. TheWellwoods
    June 16, 2011

    Great work this season. See you on the street hockey rink, boys!

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  14. Chicky
    June 16, 2011

    I’m sighing over here. The thought of a dry spell on PITB is just not a fun prospect. Thanks gents for providing much humour, much insight and your thoughtful looks on the love of a game.

    Is it too much to hope for a little um, Jets coverage? Since the playoffs are all said and done… all that’s left is a BOD approval to move an NHL team back to Canada. Just a teensy tiny bit?

    Trust me, to ‘Peggers that are Jets fans, this is like the second coming of Jesus. :) And no Harrison, not that Jesus… the one who’s been gone longer than 15 years.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      June 16, 2011

      I misspoke! I misspoke, damn it!

      Heh. I’m never gonna live that down.

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      • Chicky
        June 16, 2011

        Probably not. :D

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  15. Chelsea
    June 16, 2011

    Thank you for being insightful, hilarious and knowledgeable in your Canucks coverage!
    The Canucks will win it. If not this year, then the next. If not then, then the year after. And hopefully it will be with Dan Hamhuis and Mason Raymond, maybe even Samuelsson and Rome too. The Sedins will be wizardous and Kesler will be in beast mode throughout all sixteen wins. Luongo will be standing on his head and will finally silence the critics.
    Until that day, rock on.

    ….. Is it October yet?

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  16. Cathylu
    June 16, 2011

    Thanks so much. I only wish I would have discovered you earlier in the season. As the only Canuck fan at my work (which sorta makes sense since I live in So Cal) I have been taking a lot of flak today as if I personally am responsible for the rioting in Vancouver! What the hell! I can imagine what would happen if the Kings were in the same situation. Anyway I am sooo looking forward to next season! Enjoy your summer!

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    • peanutflower
      June 16, 2011

      I can totally relate! I was living in LA during the 88 Olympices and I never managed to live down the fact that Ben Johnson chated.

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  17. Jeff
    June 16, 2011

    Well, when are you guys going to realize that Luongo will not win you a Cup? An emotional goalie who gets flustered easily(lack of concentration) will never win. Your grit went soft at the wrong time. And you had only one line to do the scoring, and that one did not show up. Discipline was the key to the Bruins success, just like the Hawks did to you guys last year. Break up the team a bit and quit putting your eggs in one basket. Spread the scoring out to 2 or 3 lines. And by all means, get a goalie with grit- (ala Turco?)

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    • Daniel Wagner
      June 16, 2011

      Yes, Turco is the answer. Proven cup winner.

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      • Mikita's Helmet
        June 16, 2011

        Luongo = proven cup loser

        Think dos equis beer commercial.

        “I don’t always suck, but when I do, it’s in the playoffs.”

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 16, 2011

      I hear ya, brother!

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  18. By-Tor
    June 16, 2011

    Congratulations to the Bruins and to Mark Recchi especially. He’s a great veteran and it’s great to see him retire with a new ring on his hand.

    That said, it would have been nice to win this one for Salo. The guy has given more to this team than anyone could have ever asked. I hope we resign him next year to take another run.

    Thanks for the great season coverage PitB. I look forward to your witty remarks on draft day, the awards, and the Free Agent Frenzy! And of course, next season!

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  19. J21
    June 16, 2011

    Not only an amazing year for the Canucks — and anyone who thinks that 16 wins is good but 15 wins makes them “losers” who “haven’t won a thing” should never go into the business world, or really anywhere in life — but a wonderful year for you guys, too, rightfully earning your big break in the media and providing the best, and most entertaining, analysis online bar none.

    As an early-adopter Bulie, I’m very happy for you, and hope your star continues to rise, and that the obnoxious trolls who come with increased exposure don’t stick around long.

    A couple thoughts:

    (1) Am I the only one who worries Bieksa might be a bit of a paper tiger, and that his resurgence was entirely due to Hamhuis? Not saying I definitively think this, but that I am worried about keeping him if it means losing Ehrhoff. People are forgetting how awesome Ehrhoff was until he got his shoulder ripped apart.

    (2) Speaking of worries — is there a risk that the short offseason and a few long-term injuries mean the Canucks are in for a bad year next year? Not just a worse year (which is basically a statistical certainty after finishing first overall), but actually flirting with mediocrity? This has to be in the back of one’s mind.

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 16, 2011

      Business world, aint the hockey world. 16 wins or nada, over and out.

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      • J21
        June 17, 2011

        That is a blatant lie and you know it. Only in sports are people stupid enough to view 96.7% of participants as “losers” when there is a structure in place so that only one team actually wins.

        Go tell me how bad the #2 company on the Fortune 500 feels about its performance.

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        • Mikita's Helmet
          June 17, 2011

          Nice trojan horse argument.

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  20. Jenny Wren
    June 16, 2011

    I Watched This Game On My TV
    ‘Twas Brought To Me By CBC

    When Boston put the first one in
    Don Cherry knew that they would win
    But Kessler scored to tie it up
    And we went on to win the Cup

    That’s not the way that it did go
    Bruins scored again as you well know
    And once more on a breakaway
    Shorthanded on a power play

    There’s naught to do but suck it up
    We did not win Lord Stanley’s Cup
    Although they spoiled Vancouver’s dream
    Bruins proved themselves the better team

    There’s just one thing that can be said
    Next season is mere months ahead

    Jenny Wren

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  21. kim r
    June 16, 2011

    Thank you for your level-headed and sane coverage this year.

    That being said, ( ;) ) I have a couple of minor disagreements. The NHL should be ashamed and embarrassed at the way the NHL is turning into WWF lite. Boston was allowed to brutalize and beat on the Canucks until they were too injured to move. Is that the road that the sport wishes to go down? It seems that way. Is getting a mean and borderline psychotic player to provide a beat down necessary? It’s starting to look that way.

    Secondly and not really a disagreement is that “asset management” was so badly handled. Maybe someone can answer, but why wasn’t Samuelsson not healthy before the playoffs? Why wasn’t he sat or sent for surgery or whatever to be ready for the playoffs. Why didn’t we see Hodgson? Ballard? Like you said, why have half-dead players out there when Ballard was healthy? This will continue to baffle me and it’s good that I’m not in charge because I would be announcing firings.

    One last thing is I was at the game and while the crowd was gracious to Boston, the lack of enthusiasm was extremely disappointing. If you heard a couple of lone voices trying to get a Go Canucks Go chant going, that was most likely the two of us. It was a stark contrast to game five where the place was loud and proud.

    Still, a good season and there’s always next year. It will be interesting in seeing who is still here and who they add.

    Thanks again, gentlemen.

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 16, 2011

      A mean and borderline pychotic player. You mean like Raffe “HEADHUNTER” Torres? Sorry, but once Burrowes, Lapierre and the Sedin Twins started diving, and taking embellishment penalties (4 of ‘em in the Cup Finals – must be a record, doubt if another team has ever had 3, much less 2 in a series), Burrowe’s bites Bergeron, Lapierre taunts Bergeron next game, Rome coldcocks Horton in game 3, Hockey fans outside of Vancouver had seen enough of this assortment of divers, whiners (from Gillis on down), cowards (think Burrowes pulling hair, biting, diving) and headhunters. But, more importantly, the refs had, too. When, early in the series, the Canucks began dropping like flies at the slightest touch, and tried and make the refs look silly, they lost all credibility. Heck, even Don Cherry mentioned how embarrassing, pathetic, Hank Sedin’s antics, better yet, shennanigans, were. Claud Julien’s remarks about Lapierre being traded 3 times because of his unlikeable persnality – I believe Julien pulled the switch the first time with the Habs – were also telling.

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      • Mikita's Helmet
        June 16, 2011

        Just trying to help you come to terms with your annual letdown. Someone has to tell you the truth, and an outsider, with his impartial, objective analysis, is in the best postion to give it to you straight. So pinch your nose, and take your medicine.

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        • Sanstanya
          June 17, 2011

          You lost me at “impartial.” Had I not already been lost, you would have lost me 1 word hence at “objective.” Had you not used those misleading terms, you would have lost me anyways by being such an arrogant, know-it-all douchebag that thinks far more of his own opinion that it will ever be assessed value, and seemingly has some pathetic, desperate need to play rub-it-in on a civil blog site where he is of no consequence nor desired.

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      • kim r
        June 16, 2011

        You lost me at the bad punctuation, spelling, lack of formatting and no coherent thought.

        Perhaps you should loosen the helmet.

        So go somewhere and have a 7 year old help you with that and get back to us.

        On second thought, nah. Don`t care what you have to say.

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        • Mikita's Helmet
          June 17, 2011

          Good obfuscation, youngster. change the topic and attack the grammar when your response is bereft of ideas.

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    • MarkC
      June 17, 2011

      The same hard-hitting tactics the Bruins displayed against your Canucks (i.e., hit them, injure them, and take them out of their game with cross-ice charges at vulnerable d-men) was exactly how Vancouver played in Games 1-3 versus an injury-decimated Chicago team in the first series. But racking up a hit count as a team strategy was okay then, right?

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      • Mikita's Helmet
        June 17, 2011

        Friend, don’t even try and talk sense with these folks. their lack of insight as to their team’s behavior, and as to how others view their team’s shenanigans, is mindboggling.

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  22. eric blacha
    June 16, 2011

    Goon Hockey isn’t what we were meant for, and Bruins were. It wore us down, hard to think about this game and result such as rioting.

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 16, 2011

      Raffe Torres, Aaron Rome, …gimmee a brrrrrrrreakkkkkk

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  23. Josh
    June 16, 2011

    Thanks for the excellent postings all year. You guys rock. Best blog site on the web!

    Go Canucks!

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  24. Oliversgirl
    June 16, 2011

    *Sigh* The good guys aren’t supposed to lose…
    Honestly the thing that bothers me the most about the Bruins’ win is that we’ll all have to hear that their style of hockey wins championships for the whole year. Just like when Philly and Chicago faced each other in the finals last year, everyone began preaching the merits of an inexpensive goalie. Remember that? So now we’ll have to hear how “tough hockey” (translation: goonery) wins the cup. “Yeah, we can win the cup too! All we need is to break a few vertibra, puch guys in the head randomly after the whistle, and ride a big flopping goalie!” Ok, I’m a bit bitter…

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 16, 2011

      Or how an overpaid goalie loses it. Maybe there’s something to that underpaid goali theory, eh?

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      • Anonymous
        June 17, 2011

        Oh yeah totally. How about that Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe winning goalie eh? $5 million dollar cap hit is tiny compared to $5.3!!!

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        • Mikita's Helmet
          June 17, 2011

          Yup, Thomas is the exception, the anomaly, the outlier. ;-)

          Boobby-Lou, on the other hand, is your typical overpaid goalie who when the rubber meets the road – speaking of pumping tires – has a blowout.

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          • Oliversgirl
            June 17, 2011

            Funny, I thought everyone was lamenting that Thomas was an overpaid, over-the-hill backup goalie last year when Rask seemed to be taking over. Guess a year can sometimes make a big difference, no? I’m not actually sure about Luongo, and I’m primarily a Habs fan (Price actually outplayed Thomas in the first round most of the time and he’s only 23 years old), but I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss a goalie just because he doesn’t always earn his high salary…

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  25. JS Topher
    June 16, 2011

    Thanks boys! Been with you since summer and it’s been a blast! You guys are worth reading, even if I decide to abandon the NHL forever.

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  26. BECanucks
    June 16, 2011

    Thank you for this IWTG… we have a constant, Canucks are shut out after a Voldemort game.
    It’s a bit bitter end to a really sweet season.
    See you guys, and long live your newly found glory!

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  27. TubaNat
    June 16, 2011

    It’s been an interesting year for me. I only got into Hockey at the end of last year (I’m Australian OK, we don’t get a lot of coverage down here) and went about picking a team.. With no real reason other than the odd name drop by Robin Scherbatsky and most people telling me Vancouver was ‘a lovely place’ I made a choice and stuck with it. After an insane season, I’m now blue and green to the core (unless they change the jerseys again…) and I couldn’t be prouder of this team.
    Thanks heaps to you guys, your excellent blogging very much helped to make it such an enjoyable season, and I can’t wait ’til we get to do it all over again!

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  28. Cikas
    June 16, 2011

    Thank you PiTB! I simply love reading your blogs they’re always well written and a good voice of reason. Have a great summer and Go Canucks Go! Never gonna stop believing.

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  29. Mikita's Helmet
    June 16, 2011

    On May 9, 2011 in your satire drive blog “The Canucks need 220% from th Sedins,” you stated:

    “It takes 12 wins to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Bearing this in mind, after exactly 12 games, why aren’t the Canucks there yet? Why, I ask you, are they still toiling away in the second round, a round they could have completed as many as four games ago? The answer is simple: because Daniel and Henrik Sedin are a combined – 14.”

    I commented:

    “RE: Canucks have played 4 more games than necessary.

    When I pointed this out, plus the fact that they’ve traveled an additional an unnecessary 9400 miles, my post was hidden because so many people disliked it. Harmoomoo says it and it’s kool, so kool. It’s not what’s, said it’s who says it. Fanboyitis rules supreme here. LMAO!”

    You replied:

    “The difference is that I was being sarcastic, because it’s a silly line of reasoning.”

    Now that the Canucks have lost you state:

    “Sure, the Canucks were completely worn out, and maybe this series goes differently if the Canucks’ entire second line isn’t too injured to play (although Kesler played anyway, of course)”

    and

    “While most of the Canucks were worn down physically, and there will be announced surgeries aplenty over the next week or so, Roberto Luongo was worn down emotionally and his play on the Canucks’ second and third goals simply wasn’t that of a strong, sturdy goaltender.”

    So, Harmony, do you still thinking having to play all those extra games, the Canucks only won 3 of 9 games in which they could have closed out a series – you need to close out 4 to win the Cup, BTW, something the Canucks still haven’t done, LOL -

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 16, 2011

      Was a silly line of reasoning?

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      • Mikita's Helmet
        June 16, 2011

        Truth hurts, eh.

        Go a head and hide posts, like a litlle, teenie, weenie, baby ostrich burying it’s head in the warm ysand.

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        • Mikita's Helmet
          June 16, 2011

          Here’s to another 40 years of Similar Canuck success! ;-)

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    • Harrison Mooney
      June 17, 2011

      If the question is whether, with the benefit of hindsight, I still think you’re a buffoon, the answer is yes.

      Additionally, the fact that you stewed over our exchange for 40 days is further evidence.

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      • Mikita's Helmet
        June 17, 2011

        It may have taken 40 days, but my knowledge prevailed. I was right, you were wrong. Calling me a bufoon, however, Harmoomoo, hurts, because I believed us to be amigos, and all that entails, buddy, dude, my buddu (a term of affection contracting buddy with dude). Regardless, the truth is, and it hurts me awful to tell you this, the Canucks got worn down cuz they couldn’t close the deal, losing 6 of 9 when they had a chance to close a series equals epic choke. Luongo telling Thomas how to play goal after game fired up the Bruins, and Lapierre’s taunt of Bergeron the game after the hairpuller, biter, diver, embellisher – I don’t even need to say his name – antics, didn’t help either. Moral of the story: Keep your mouth shut – pun intended o’hair puller of Duncan Keith – boys, and play hockey.

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      • Chicky
        June 17, 2011

        Only those that have full conversations with themselves think that they’re always right.

        See above where this idiot is commenting to himself. Thank GOD this person’s not a Canucks fan. I’d feel a whole lot of shame if they were.

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        • Mikita's Helmet
          June 17, 2011

          Actually, I was finishing up a prior post, after I hit the submit comment by accident.

          If I was a Canucks fan, I’d probably be on facebook right now talking about how I was maced in the face twice by the “pigs” and how I had six fingers broken in the riot.

          A dear Vancouver friend, A Hawks fan like myself – THANK GOD! – posted at indianheadnation.com boards that walking home from work at a local hotel he saw folks leaving the safety of their apartments to join in, or at a minimum, to gawk at the rioting. He estimated that 90% of the people at the CBC plaza and evirons WERE Canucks fans. Your Police commissioner Chu, also noted that there were a lot of Nucks fans there, who sat by and did nothing or exacerbated the mess by making a huge crowd egging on the more violent element of the mob, which worsened matters. Sad, sad, SAD!

          So, goodness gracious, I agree with ya.

          Thank god I’m not a Canucks fan. Last thing i need is a rap sheet or a felony conviction.

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          • J Walter Weatherman
            June 17, 2011

            “Actually, I was finishing up a prior post, after I hit the submit comment by accident”

            Every time you hit the the submit button, it is an accident.

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            • Mikita's Helmet
              June 17, 2011

              Prety good for accidents, eh?

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              • Boston fan
                June 20, 2011

                Stan you are welcome at any Championship parade the city of Boston holds. It’s an honor to receive the Championship baton from Blackhawk Nation. If Boston falls short next season I hope Chicago celebrates again.

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      • kim r
        June 17, 2011

        Don’t interrupt the man having conversations with the multiple voices in his head. You might confuse him.

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  30. LCad
    June 16, 2011

    A total bummer of a finale for sure, dude, but they’ll be back next year to try again. It’s my pleasure to thank all of you at PITB for a great season of both highly intelligent insight and raucous entertainment. I’ve cheered for the Canucks for my whole life, but I’ve really gotten into the sport and the team on a new level this year after being shown Pass It To Bulis, which I “pass” onto others whenever I can. I’m always excited for your new articles. Can’t wait for anything you have planned for the summer and of course another season of excellent updates and editorials.

    A high five as well to the readership of this blog, who manages to keep the discussion civil and the Clone High references understood.

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  31. nj
    June 16, 2011

    Thanks, Harrison- this IWTG must have been hard to write. Thanks to the rest of PITB, too- I look forward to your summer posts and next season.

    This team is still a great team, and I’m proud of them, even if they didn’t win it all. They had an incredible season, and that’s what we can expect next season. They’ve learned a lot during these playoffs. I’ve read comments on other sites about how the team needs a “massive overhaul” in the off-season, and I want to laugh. They’ve got an amazing group of players, and they now know more about what they need to win the Cup.

    Finally, Go Canucks Go!

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  32. Julia
    June 16, 2011

    Thanks for all your excellent posts this year. I found this blog last summer and like lots of others have said, it’s been nothing but awesome all the way. Sad ending to the season, but I feel optimistic for next year! I know lots of people will continue to make stupid comments about how much the Canucks suck, but let’s face it, even if they won the Cup those people would be saying that. By the way, loved the Savage Garden reference, it’s been a while since I heard that song!!

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  33. bieksa4mayor
    June 16, 2011

    Thank you guys very much for all the coverage this year! From the Scrabble challenges to the IWTG to the I find this photo odd segments, you have done a magnificent job. You truly know you have made it when someone you have never met (me) gets excited when you retweet him and then he tells his brother, and his brother is jealous. Some may take that as my brother and I living terribly sad lives, but I prefer to take it as proof that PITB is huge.

    Thank you.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      June 17, 2011

      Fact: anyone who thinks we’re super cool is also super cool.

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  34. AussieNuckFan
    June 17, 2011

    Thanks PITB team for a great season, looking forward to the next one.

    Oh what could have been….

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  35. MarkC
    June 17, 2011

    Not sure why it was an “atrociously called” series. Just like with the Chicago series, Vancouver racked up the penalties due to a lack of class and discipline throughout the lineup. This is what happens when you have dirty players like Torres, Bieksa, Burrows, Hansen, and Lappy in your lineup, and embellishment is as much of a team strategy in Vancouver as the 1-3-1 is in Tampa Bay.

    The refs let both teams play as much as possible, which is a positive thing. No one wants to watch 30 minutes of PP/PK time every game, unless you happen to be a fan of the team with the PP.

    Furthermore, Vancouver really got the benefit of the doubt just as much as the Bruins, if not more — and this is really what led to such a violent series in the first place. The Hansen 2 minute minor in Game 7 should have been a 5 minute major + game misconduct + suspension in my opinion. If Ference didn’t get up from that hit, it would have been the biggest news on Canuck ice since the ugly McSorley/Brashear incident. You can’t headhunt a guy without the puck, as Torres should have been taught after Game 3 against Chicago (more discipline on Torres could’ve saved some injuries for all teams these playoffs by setting a good example — but, the league shied away, saying it was clean despite no puck).

    The Canucks were also the beneficiaries of “make-up” calls in their 3 blowout losses in an obvious attempt to pacify the imminent McGillis rant (which was much more muted this time), ala the Chicago series.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      June 17, 2011

      Is there seriously nothing to do in Chicago that you trolls have been lying in wait for over a month to get in the last word?

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      • Harrison Mooney
        June 17, 2011

        All right, I’m done with you. This isn’t a message board. This is the comments section of a Canucks fan blog. You want to troll? Go to the forums. But if you’re going to stay here, quit antagonizing people.

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      • kim r
        June 17, 2011

        There’s always the Cabbie Beatfest.

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      • Mikita's Helmet
        June 17, 2011

        Last year we had a Stanley Cup Parade that 2,500,000 people peacefully attended. Maybe you’ll get one someday.

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 17, 2011

      RE: EMBELLISHMENT

      I believe the Canucks 4 embellishment penalties in a Cup final is a record. I doubt if another team has had 3, much less 2 in a prior Cup final. It was hilarious watching Burrowes, Lapierre and the Sedins flopping all over the ice at the slightest possibility of contact with a Bruin. Sorta like when you try and make two magnets touch other.

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      • Mikita's Helmet
        June 17, 2011

        Edit: “Exactly like”

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  36. Dave
    June 17, 2011

    I just want to say thanks.

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 17, 2011

      Don’t court controversy here, mate. It only leads to heartach & nightmares.

      …and then even stronger stuff.

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  37. jimbob
    June 17, 2011

    i just want to say what everyone else is saying. thanks for the great season coverage! you guys are the best bloggers on the interwebs. keep it up!

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  38. DanD
    June 17, 2011

    Thanks again guys for a great year of coverage! You guys quickly became my favourite blog on the internet. Not just my favourite Canucks blog, mind you, but my all around favourite. I appreciate your great writing and your calm approach.

    I’ve seriously been questioning whether I want to follow hockey next year after this series. Having not been a fan in ’94, I guess I’ve never experienced this kind of a let down. But overall I just feel like the NHL does nothing to help itself with the way it manages its playoffs. Inconsistent reffing is obviously a problem, and so is “slanted” media coverage (to be generous). But what concerned me too is the attitude that stupid and violent retribution is completely acceptable come playoff time. The “old boys” like Don Cherry and Mike Milbury seemed more upset that the Canucks weren’t fighting back than that the Bruins were beating on them after the whistle. I just don’t know if I want to buy in to that culture.

    I recognize that both teams had their ugly moments, but it just seemed like this series was more about the rough stuff than it was about the hockey.

    Also, I wonder if the “hockey culture” invites the kind of fans that would gladly participate in a riot. Has there ever been a riot after a basketball or baseball series? Just wondering. I recognize that there’s tonnes of great fans, but I wonder if the NHL culture is just too attractive to a violent/ignorant type of fan.

    Am I way off here?

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    • J Walter Weatherman
      June 17, 2011

      I find that a large part of “hockey culture” is idiotic, but riots do happen after basketball and baseball games (there are plenty of them in US history, and I think as recent as the Lakers and the Red Sox latest titles).

      Look also at hooliganism in European soccer, a sport that is not violent at all.

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  39. rlsrd
    June 21, 2011

    Interesting take. I agree with most except Boston played just as many if not more games as Vancover. Remember Boston was still playing while the Canucks were resting.It looked to me like Higgins was out to knock Chara out of the game. If you look closely at the last minute he jumps and puts his elbow out. He also didn’t fall down but spins and lands right on his feet.

    As for your observation of the rough stuff. Your correct, however, the rough stuff has been around since the beginning of time. The difference is, and I’ve seen thousands of hockey games and I’ve never seen the open ice hits that I’m seeing now. I also never saw the hit in the back, with the elbow against the head into the glass that i’m seeing these past few years. The hits were cleaner and the hands and arms stayed down.
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