Since then, each season has ended with a physical team using head games, intimidation, taking liberties and skill to do us in.
Biggest reason they lost to all those teams is because the Canucks weren't good enough when they faced them.
It's astounding how much weight people put into the physical side of the game when a team was simply outclassed.
They were laughable against a superior Anaheim roster, they didn't have the speed and depth to beat Chicago in 09, they had injuries and lacked the depth to beat Chicago in 10, and they were decimated by injuries when they faced Boston last year.
But, it's the intimidation and physical edge that were the biggest reasons for the Canucks losses right?
I'm not denying it happened, and I probably hated watching it more than you because I'm an ill-tempered fuck when it comes to watching my team, but this issue is comically overblown.
The reason the Canucks came close to winning the cup last season was because they added Hamhuis, Malhotra, Higgins, Lapierre, they had Schneider share the load with Luongo, Hansen took a step as a player, and the Canucks hired Newell Brown to revamp the PP.
They went from being a perennial 3rd seed and 2nd round loser to winning the President trophy and getting to game 7 of the Stanley Cup because of the depth, skill and talent those players provided.
Teams built to have a physical edge will always take it to their advantage. Chicago had it and so did Boston, but they also had strong rosters, and Thomas had a historic performance for the Bruins. The Preds tried play a physical game with Canucks but didn't have the skill to keep up, and when San Jose tried to use their size up-front they found themselves chasing.