June 21 2011 10:00AM
It's been hard to deal with, but in a contest of wills, the Bruins won. Now it's time for the Canucks, and their fans to look forwards.
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Canucks fans tend to be pretty emotional, and I'm no different. It shouldn't come as a huge surprise then, that I haven't written a single word on the Canucks since last Wednesday's game 7 pantsing, and the thoroughly embarrassing riot that followed. It has been a rough week.
I watched Monday's game 6 at a bar, and within minutes regretted it. It's tough to be in public when the Canucks get blown-out, and the game 6 loss left me particularly dejected. Not even good company, delicious wings and ribs were enough to cheer me up.
I spent Tuesday in a fatalistic stupor, and though I managed to work up a certain false arrogance for Wednesday, I had a premonition of what was to come. I watched the game at home, I wasn't going to spend another night moping in a bar. Even before the first goal was scored, the game was agony.
To twist what Pat Riley said about the Heat-Mavs NBA Finals series recently – it's hip and popular to say that the Canucks choked, but really the Bruins went out and took the cup. Lets give credit where it's due: the Bruins dominated those last two games. Tim Thomas clearly got good value for his soul – because that old man was unbeatable. In game 7, the Bruins simply wanted it more and played a great game to ensure their Cup victory.
June 20 2011 01:52PM
The Canucks have some tough decisions to make, none more difficult than what to do with Roberto Luongo.
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This is a fan-post written by Malcolm Ert.
I still can’t believe what happened on Wednesday night. Like a lot of you, I was so sure the whole year that the Canucks were destined to win it all. I think Bieksa said it best “I don’t think you ever get over a SCF game 7 loss.” I once lost a winner takes all championship game like this one, obviously, it was high-school sports so it's not even remotely on the same level – but I do know it hurts and that you never get over it. But there is nothing we, or anyone else, can do about it now - I know I did everything thing i could at game 5 as a fan, so on to the next one...
The one thing the 11/12 Nucks will have the 10/11 team didn’t is the taste of the finals. The desire to get back might have been absent had the team drunk from the cup. So yes, i will once again be put money on our boys in Vegas. The core will want this badly now, more so than before. However, Gillis and company do need to make some tweaks. Sure, I would take the exact roster again next year, but in a capped world – that's not really an option. Changes are coming.
June 20 2011 01:04PM
In the wake of the Stanley Cup finals and the build-up to the NHL Entry Draft, I completely forgot to post the final standings for the Nation Network’s playoff prediction contest.
After the jump, the final results.
June 19 2011 10:30PM
It takes a lot go get NationRadio on the air every week. Technology, entertaining guests and of course the legendary Lowetide.
This week Mark Lamb makes an appearance on the show, as does Scott Reynolds from Copper and Blue, Kirk Luedeke, Kent Simpson, Matt Bugg and Jason Gregor.
This is NationRadio.
June 17 2011 08:00AM
All For Naught.
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How does the saying go? A day late and a dollar short. Well the Vancouver Canucks were 1 win late and about 20 goals short.
And the off season now begins with nothing to show for it but 15 playoffs wins and a city on the mend, both physically and mentally.