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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

canucks had a great year but not good enough

I had a hard time watching the game last night.  I will admit I even turned it off because of the heart break I was feeling but the Canuck's had a great year, one of their best and everyone needs to realize a few things before dropping off the bandwagon (something Canuck fans do) that there are some great things to be proud of.

The Canucks were third Northwest Division championship in four seasons with a franchise-best and a Western Conference high 30-8-3 home record which included NHL record 14 game voyage during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Vancouver was the 2nd highest scoring team this year (268) points and they only allowed 11th fewest goals thanks to goaltender Roberto Luongo who had 40 wins along with standing on his head for Team Canada leading them to a Gold at the Winter Olympics.

The Canucks were known for coming back especially in the third period, pulling out a franchise best and league high 11 wins after trailing two periods.  They were even in the lead for tying a league record of 12 set by the Dallas Stars back in 2006/2006.

We had a season to look on with pride.  Henrick Sedin became the Art Ross Trophy winner and the first Canucks forward to lead the league in scoring and he's also a finalist for the Hart memorial Trophy and Ted Lindsay Trophy.  His 112 points even broke Pavel Bure's franchise best point total for a season and Sedin became the fourth player to ever join the team's century club.  And his brother Daniel didn't do too bad either, with six hat tricks for the team.

Going into the playoffs the Canucks had high hopes to see Lord Stanley for the first time.  So what happened?

"I thought we had a good game plan coming into the series and I thought we started off the series really well, we just didn't get the job done at home which is surprising considering we were one of the best home teams throughout the year."  Luongo said.

And he was right.  The Canucks couldn't find their composure against the Blackhawks especially at home, allowing the Blackhawks dominance during home ice advantage and allowing them to take a series lead, outscoring the Canucks 17-7 and 6-2 on home ice.

Specialty teams were non-existent for the Canucks.  So much so at times I wanted to grab a stick at times and help them out.  When they weren't in the penalty box they weren't scoring and couldn't win along the boards and the Blackhawks took advantage of the Canucks weak penalty kill that ranked last in the playoffs.

As a Canuck fan it's disheartening to watch but I think as a real fan you have to look at everything they accomplished and at least say: they did some good things this year.  They had a great year but just not good enough.



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