After excelling as the best team for the duration of the regular season, the Vancouver Canucks looked queerly out of place for the duration of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final series. They were not only expected to reach the Final; they were expected to win. So what went wrong? Why did this team that appeared destined to win it all end up losing to the Boston Bruins?
Most fingers will be pointed directly at the inconsistent goaltending of Roberto Luongo. Though his resume includes an Olympic gold medal, Luongo has the tendency to not show up for a lot of games. His lapses almost kept the Canucks from even getting through the primary round of the playoffs. It didn’t help that he was playing opposite Tim Thomas, who is nominated for his second Vezina Trophy as the season’s best goaltender.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin shoulder numerous of the blame, too. They were unable to sustain any offense versus the Bruins. Though each of them has led the NHL in scoring over the past two years, neither could score more than one goal in the seven games of the Final.
As went the Sedin twins, so went the Canucks’ power play. What had been the best power play for the duration of the season fizzled for the duration of the final round. To be clear, there were five goals scored while the Canucks were on the power play. Unfortunately, three of them were shorthanded goals by the Bruins!
The defense struggled, too. Apart from Kevin Bieksa, the Canucks’ defensive unit was overmatched by the Bruins. The losses of the injured Dan Hamhuis and the suspended Aaron Rome seriously weakened what had been a dominant defense.
Injuries undoubtedly were a factor. Hamhuis and Mason Raymond were sidelined with injuries. In addition, Alex Edler, Christian Ehrhoff, and Chris Higgins all played through injuries. Ryan Kesler is also rumored to have been gravely injured, but in true hockey fashion he’s not using it as an excuse.
You might argue that anything may take place in a game 7. That’s true, but there’s no way the Final will have to have lasted that long. At least, not on paper.
Were the Bruins just that much better or were the Canucks that much worse? That’s the question Mike Gillis-the popular manager of the Canucks-will need to answer as he attempts to prepare the Canucks for another run at the Cup next year. Either way, it will be a while before the team and the city are competent to put this meltdown behind them.
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