BurningBeard wrote:herb wrote:We lost that serious largely because Mason Raymond got injured?
I think if you're going to start ripping apart that series and look at every minor detail, you might as well throw Rome's hit on Horton in there. Not because loosing Rome to suspension lost the series (although having a healthy D-man in game 7 would have been nice), but because it seemed to "wake up" Boston to a certain extent.
Rome's bullshit suspension cost the Canucks their most physical d-man.
Losing Hamuis cost the Canucks their steadiest d-man
But AV thought he could fix it all by putting his personal whipping boy Ballard out on the #1 unit with Bieksa and playing their most veteran d-man in Salo on the 3rd pairing with Tanev (who all season looked like the 100% best fit for Ballard).
He also somehow forgot about the meltdowns from his team and goalie against CHI in the first round of 2011, and 2nd round of 2010 & 2009 after a big loss but still decided to go status quo after an 8-1 drubbing in game 3.
CJ lost his best clutch performer from the first 3 series and made enough adjustments to 100% completely out-coach and
out-class AV in the final 5 games of that series.
I'm soooooo happy AV's gone, 3 years too late in my mind, but at least he's finally out of here.