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Post-Game 4: Thoughts, Anxieties and the Art of Optimism

The Canucks have looked tired, weak, confused and disoriented these last two games.  If the Canucks were a dog we’d probably talk to a vet about euthanasia. However, I do think the team will regain their vigor back home, barring some injuries we don’t know about, anyway. (Seriously, Ryan Kesler, where’d you go???)

Couple reasons I’m not freaking out. First, I did write before this series started that I expected a couple blowout scoring games, so I guess I can’t complain when it happens.  (Of course, I wish at least one them was where we came out on top, but what can you do?). Second, I’d figured on a 7 game series.  Being tied 2-2 pretty much tracks. 

Of course, playing like ass for these last two games didn’t really fit into my agenda, but them’s the breaks. The series against Chicago sort of conditioned me to grin and bear the pain… good things happen to those who don’t have a heart attack before the final whistle.

All I know is: thank God for that President’s Trophy and the game 7 home ice that comes with it.

A few other notes:

  • Roberto Luongo. Oh Luongo. But I’m not going to waste much energy worrying about him when the entire skating part of the team has only managed to put one puck in the net in the last 78 shots. Schneider should have been put in earlier tonight, though. But Luongo will recover. His ego is too big to be shook up by this chaos, even if we think he should be.
  • Team discipline is an oxymoron. They’re completely losing their shit rather than focusing on the strengths that got them there.  It’s idiotic.
  • Random: Listening to the chattering of ref Stephen Walkom was more entertaining than much of that game was to watch in general.
  •   Alex Burrows, are you kidding? I realize you don’t like to be chopped, but suck it up, brother. This is the playoffs.
  • Can’t decide if the Bruins are really that much better than the Canucks in these last two games, or if we make them look that much better by sucking so much ourselves. Tim Thomas, though, he’s just plain awesome.

Bruins are playing big and they look it. And the Canucks are playing tiny… like Bantam-level tiny. Not a fun game to watch from this side of the continent, but the best team won these last two games, no question about it.

Oh well. Friday, Vancouver, it’s a new series. Best of 3 and I say the Canucks win game 1.

But damn, the playoffs really suck sometimes…

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It’s funny, the peewee team playing during the intermissions at Rogers Arena last night were more entertaining than the Canucks. What a shame. My hand has not pushed the panic button yet but it is hovering over it right now.

You can’t blame Lou for everything (except for a few of those weaker goals in the last two games). But you can blame a poor team effort by everyone. The canucks need to suck up the hits and the slashes and play hockey. I haven’t seen much of that the last couple of games. They’re rolling over and taking it and it’s really sad to see.

Posted by Trini from VanC on 06/09/11 at 05:25 PM ET

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What was the atmosphere like in there?  I keep thinking it must be crazy-depressing to be in a building with that many horrified Canucks fans!

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 06/09/11 at 05:32 PM ET

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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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