Farhan Lalji wrote:Uhhhh.........if you have the stomach to re watch Game 7, do it. Those goals were absolutely pitiful. FYI - Canucks outshot and outhit the Bruins by a wide margin in that game, and they weren't just padded 3rd period stats. What does that tell you?
He gets a pass on the first one. Marchand throws a backhand pass from the boards while under pressure, it goes past Salo, then through the skates of Recchi, then Bergeron swings at it and tries a one-timer in traffic that he doesn't connect on fully and his stick hits a Canuck defender's skate. The puck then goes through the a defender's legs and goes right along the ice and slides just to the right of Luongo's pad on the blocker side. If Bergeron connects on that one Lou probably saves it because he is in perfect position to stop almost anything other than a lucky puck that goes off the heel of the shooter's stick. I actually thought Recchi was going to be picking that puck up as Bergeron was almost totally covered.
The second one he as at fault only because the initial shot that came in from the point he saw all the way but didn't smother it and instead gave up a bad rebound.....however, he recovered on that then made a save at the side of the net, the defense was lost, Marchand grabbed up the puck and Lou had to scramble to prevent him from putting one in short-side. Marchand whips around the net and Lou dives back and actually gets his stick on it on the far side, but not enough. Can you tell me what Bieksa, Alberts, and Daniel were doing?
The third one some will argue is as much the fault of the defenseman coming back who takes out Bergeron and then slides into Lou. But I've watched that replay a hundred times and Lou didn't even look like he tried to hold the fort there. He could easily have held that out if he has used his pad instead of trying to grab it with his glove. He misplayed it badly. That was a short-handed goal though, and the Canucks needed to be MUCH better on the PP in that series. I lay the PP woes at the feet of both the players and the coaches. Regardless, goal number 3 is on Lou at the end of the play.
So what those goals and the stats, and from actually having watched the game, tell me is that the Canucks were beaten by a stronger, healthier, dirtier, and bigger, team that setup their game in a way that eliminates the Canucks offense. It was no different than what Sutter had his Kings do in round one this year. It tells me that we watched 7 games (12 if you count round one of this year) of Vigneault's patented phantom offense and the team got burned.