Cornuck wrote:Thanks Lancer for summing up what I thought, and more eloquently than I would tonight.
Pretty much my thoughts exaclty. Better team won. Couldn't blame the refs (with Bettman in the house
IMO the Canucks need to find a way to merge the team from 06-07 and 09-10. I didn't see any concerted effort to block shots, make hits, "grease-it-up", that is so required in playoff hockey. Luongo was good, not spectacular, as were the Sedins. The Wellwood line became our second (and finally Best) line, but couldn't score second-line (let alone first line) goals. We'd go toe-to-toe, but the forwards couldn't score when they needed.
Kesler and Burrows didn't exist in this series. Complete non-factors. Hope they're hurt, but they were useless. This is what bugs me the most. These guys are our Grinders? You need grinders in the role that Demitra, Wellwood, Johnson and Rypien played. I want big-bodied assholes to smash and bang... I don't want a second-rate scoring line that MIGHT step up (tease us) and make us think we have a shot.
VALIANT EFFORT BY SAMI SALO. Obviously hurt. Obviously key to our D. Obviously too important to our D. Our defensive transformation will not be complete until both Mitchell and Salo are gone. YES, we could've used them both this series.... but going forward we need something more durable and salary-capable.