Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 04/04/08 at 05:20 PM ET
For what it’s worth, Darren Dreger at TSN has a theory:
On a decent night, the Vancouver Canucks generate 15 scoring chances. On home-ice Thursday night the Canucks charted 24 scoring opportunities, were awarded almost 17 minutes in power play time and became a non-playoff team, partly, by not being able to score more than one goal against the Edmonton Oilers in the biggest game of the year.
There’s no question injuries factored in to Vancouver’s demise, but key players failed to deliver when this team needed them most.
Down the stretch, Roberto Luongo wasn’t good enough. Down the stretch, the Sedins were not good enough.
The list goes on.
Could Luongo & the Sedins have been better? Sure. But as for ‘down the stretch’, the Sedins gathered 18 points in the last 9 games. How much more would have been “good enough”?
Last year, the Canucks’ Jack Adams coach Alain Vigneault got the credit for taking this supposedly- wretched group of miscreants as far as the 2nd round of the playoffs. But this year, it is the players who get the blame when they don’t get there again.
Seems like a pretty good deal if you’re on the coaching staff or management of this team.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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