Farhan Lalji wrote:Agreed.......but without a few tough guys (that can play), I'd argue that the Canucks are a bit intimidated by the Bruins. We will never intimidate a team like the Bruins, but we can bring in 1-2 guys that can prevent us from being intimidated by a team like them.
You think we looked the slightest bit intimidated games 1 and 2 last season?
I saw a non-figher in Hamhuis send Lucic ass over tea kettle with one of the better Hip checks in recent memory. I also saw Aaron Rome almost kill Nathan Horton.
Raffi Torrez was head hunting the whole series, Bieksa and Edler were hammering people until they were hurt.
The Canucks didn't look the slightest bit intimidated by Boston in that series nor did they the other night.
Agreed, but I also feel that the Canucks need to do a better job of standing up for its star players. We saw what happened last year when guys like Bolland and Marchand took liberties with the twins. Look at how the Bruins stood up for Nathan Horton....
What did the Bruins do when Rome hit Horton?
I saw a bunch of Black sweaters skate around then head for the bench.
Perhaps there was a reason why no one fought us........perhaps they knew that if they DID mess with us, they would be held accountable.
Perhaps they didn't fight us for the same reason that almost no one ever fights in the playoffs.
It just isn't relevant to the outcome of the game or series.
Canucks, at its core, isn't a team that is designed to bully.....but adding 1 or 2 more tough guys will help us stand up better to those teams that do that to us in the playoffs.
I consider this to be a myth.
The sedins will take a gloved punch in the face to go on the power play any day of the week. Them "just taking it" has nothing to do with who is or isn't on our team it is an over riding philosophy that is preached by the players and coaching staff.
The fans hate it, the media goes crazy, some of our players probably don't like it, but the Sedins simply don't care if some jackass wants to take a penalty by giving them a gloved punch in the face.
People make huge issues over little rabbit punches when the real issue was the massive and legal shots the twins were taking from guys like Chara, Weber, Sutter, and Murray.
You think adding toughness will stop any of those guys from playing that hard against the Twins?
The Twins are not scared of Chara beating them up, they are scared of him obliterating them in the corners, and there is simply not a thing the canucks can do about that.