And while we had hoped this headline might apply to the Canucks’ franchise 40 year Stanley Cup drought, we are relieved that this season (the longest ever in team history) has finally come to an end.

And while, upon reflection, it will become a season to celebrate, right now it’s impossible to feel anything but disappointment.

The players and coaches will all say the right things about having left it all out there in this strangely epic Stanley Cup Final.  But from this vantage point, we can’t help but think about the lack of anything resembling a sixty minute effort in the three games in Boston from the goaltender on out. 

Back in 1994, it was easy to feel that the Canucks got jobbed by some phantom calls in the decisive game 7, not to mention a Nathan Lafayette goal post.  Unlike this time around, the Canucks were wearing their opponent down – with another few clicks on that clock, we might have just tied it.  Indeed,  in 1994, it seemed we deserved more.

This time around, when it came to crunch time you never got the sense that Roberto Luongo was going to make a clutch save or that our elite forwards were ever going to find the back of the net behind the seemingly ever expanding Tim Thomas.  In 2011, it seems the seven game series result flattered the locals.

So what happened?  How did a Cup win that seemed almost certain just over a week ago come so quickly off the rails?  And what does this mean for the future of this team? There are many questions.  And there will be answers.  But not today.  Because it’s over.

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4 comments

  1. Denverguy
    June 16, 2011

    I for one would like to congratulate you guys in a season well-played, even though the outcome was not what you wanted. Never mind the rioting – there are stupid people everywhere – your team represented itself well, and just broke down at the end. Please hold your heads high Vancouver.

    I will say one thing, which I say to a number of people who bleed Orange and Blue for a little football team in my town. I think you guys might be taking all of this a little too personally. The last weeks (and months) have contained so many nervous, unhappy people in these blog pages… It seems so many got so caught up in how some media outlet was portraying your team, how horrible your opponents and their fans are, how terrible the NHL is, that you lost track of your enjoyment of the sport. Instead of discussing the play of your talented team, so many gravitated towards negativity, uncertainty, aggression and what others deem “whining”.

    In your time of grieving, please remember this is a game. It’s entertainment. I know it’s easy to get wrapped up in all of this (as I do with our lowly team from time to time)… But please – let it go, play with your kids, remember how much fun you had during the majority of the season, and know that real hockey fans appreciate the Canucks and hope they do well next season.

    Hang your heads high Vancouver! And when you’re ready to discuss things again, can you possibly find a way to acquire Stastny from us? He’d love it in your fair city!

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  2. Mark
    June 16, 2011

    “So many gravitated towards negativity, uncertainty, aggression and what others deem “whining”.”

    This statement says it all. This is exactly why most players in the league (sans Boston’s natural rivals in Montreal and New York) and most fans of other teams were actively rooting against the Canucks.

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    • Mikita's Helmet
      June 17, 2011

      Bingo!

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    • lwilson
      June 17, 2011

      ‘there are stupid people everywhere’
      true.

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