mathonwy wrote:We won the battle but lost the war.
Imagine if this was game 1 of the SCF. We lose both Salo AND Ebbett? Big deal, we won one game and proceeded to lose a top 4 defenseman and a 4th line plug (that was actually playing quite well).
The playoffs are a war of attrition and I don't think we don't have the genetics to compete.
Sure the Nucks could have beat the B's in a 7 game series if everyone was healthy. The reality is, the Nucks will NEVER be 100% healthy in the SC final based on the physical make up of the team. How close to 100% healthy we'll be is based on luck and based on how physically durable our players are. History shows, our team wears down.
If the league allows slashing, cross-checking, punching, whacking and hacking in the playoffs without calling penalties, the Canucks will always be in tough. How many of the Canucks injuries in the last playoffs were by-products of cheap shots from the Sharks and Bruins?? During the Sharks series, at least the Canucks were healthy enough to put the Sharks away with the powerplays. However, once the Canucks reached the SCF, the key players were badly injured. Having one or two big tough guys might help but I highly doubted the injuries would have prevented. Unless the zebras have the balls to call all the cheapshots after whistles or Shanahan starts suspending dirty players, the result would be pretty much the same.