ClamRussel wrote:LotusBlossom wrote:they should and did win this series and easily.
Agreed with everything except that one...from my vantage point this series was alot closer than the record indicated. Very well evenly matched. The deciding factor in my opinion was we had a stellar superstar world class goaltender playing in the zone and they had a very good effective goaltender was caught lightning in a bottle and was on fire for the 2nd half of the season. In the end, it was an amazing leg save here, a crossbar there, a timely save whenever the game was on the line and the mental edge he brings for his teammates (and gets into the psyche of the opposition) that was the difference. All that might add up to one goal difference per game but thats the HUGE difference that always eluded us in the 90s when (at best) we had competent goaltending. Going up against guys like Roy & Hasek we stood very little hope.
What a freaking relief to be on the other side of that coin! Letting Lu go and bringing Schnieder into the fold is unthinkable and out of the question as far as I'm concerned. Resigning Luongo has to be Gillis' #1 priority this summer, far greater than looking at any outside help. We're really starting to see his true value now. If these playoffs keep going the way they're going I can't see Brodeur starting over Lu in 2010.
No I am not discounting the amazing Luongo, Clam. I'm just saying that the Canucks are giving him the support he deserves to win some games. I believe he brings a winning culture to the team. His competitiveness brings out the best in teammates.
Having a goaltender that intimidates shooters is huge, no question, but I am not going to ignore the help his team has given him when it counted so far.
I can't wait for round 2