3-6 in games where they had a chance to eliminate their opponent (and they should have lost Game 5 against the Sharks).
Minus goal differential throughout the playoffs.
Best players were awful when it counted. Again.
Outscored 23-8 in the finals.
Led for only 30+ minutes in the finals.
Before the Pens did it 2 years ago, the last time a team lost in the finals and went all the way back the next year was the '84 Oilers. It's an extremely difficult feat to accomplish.
They've proven time and time again they cannot play old-time hockey.
A lot went their way to reach as far as they did. Do you really think they can keep up these stats and do it again next year? They also have cap issues this summer. Had they won it this year, it would have been a very unlikely win.
I have no desire to see the Canucks win a Stanley Cup... but let's not pretend that the team that everybody picked from before the season began to win the Stanley Cup but lost in Game 7 is somehow so obviously flawed that a bunch of slack jawed socal hockey fans on a message board can cure what ails 'em.
Vancouver lept out to a 3-0 lead on Chicago and it was considered insanity that it took them 7 games.
After that they dispatched the Predators in 6 and the Sharks in 5. EVERYBODY was picking them to blow the Bruins away.
The history of sports is littered with players who "proved" they couldn't win the big game...
until they did.
I'm not saying the Canucks are a lock to win the Cup in the next few years... but to completely write off their chances because they're "proven" they can't raise their game when it counts????
Luonog is 31.
Quick...... Where was Tim Thomas at age 31?!
I don't expect the Canucks to make too many changes. With what they've got, they can still make the playoffs pretty easily, considering the division they play in.
However, they've now found out that skill alone isn't enough. You need those grinding, rough-edged players that like to get their nose and hands dirty. I think they'll be shopping for a few of those players this off-season.
Sharks' fan during Game 7 against the Champs:
-So does Quick run on batteries or is he powered by human sacrifices?
Tim Thomas is the exception. Luongo has sucked in the playoffs since Day 1. Cloutier-esque.