The Counting your Chickens award goes to….
“If we win,” predicted Kesler, the Canucks’ assistant captain, “then we’re legends”. No word yet on what Kesler is now.
A Touch of Class
Alexander Burrows really let down the side (and Vancouver fans in general) with a blind-side head shot on Rich Peverley with about 5 minutes left in the game. Peverley seemed to be unaffected by it, which is lucky for him (and Burrows), as I can’t imagine what it would feel like to listen to your teammates celebrate a Stanley Cup while you’re being checked by a doctor for a concussion.
I doubt a suspension will come of it because it’s the last game of the season and there’s so much else going on right now, but if ever there was a suspend-able hit, that would be it.
Why keep playing Luongo going into the third? He’s not playing well, your team is down 3 – 0 and obviously needs something to get them going. Did Vigneault really believe his team was going to turn it on by themselves? As a coach sometimes you need to shake your players back into the game, Vancouver just kept rolling the same game plan even when it became obvious it wasn’t working.
One of the things I’ve grown to dislike in the “new NHL” is how powerful youth has become. It’s getting harder and harder for older players to compete with the speed and power of today’s youth.
With that in mind, how awesome is Mark Recchi? At 5-foot-nothing, and 43 years old, he’s still out there schooling younger, stronger, faster men, in the most difficult hockey tournament in the world. Laying out fools and leading the final round in scoring, Recchi didn’t look out of place for a second.
People are actually asking what will happen with Roberto in Vancouver in light of his recent failures and his hefty contract, but I can’t imagine much. The guy backstopped you to a record setting season and then to game 7 of the finals, while getting nominated for the Vezina, hard to fire a guy for that, even if he didn’t play well at the end.
Could Cody Hodgson have helped out the Canucks in those final games? I know a lot of people hate the shoulda coulda’s of hindsight, it must be hard for Canuck fans to see Tyler Seguin taking a regular shift and providing some spark from time to time while your team is struggling to get anything going offensively and your own wunderkind sits in the stands.
Meh, more on this later.
2 Girls No Cup
Vancouver fan or not, that’s pretty funny. NOTE: A friend sent me that picture, sorry I can’t credit the creator (send me a note if you know who it is).