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by Paul on 04/18/12 at 12:38 PM ET
from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,
This was not the type of history the Vancouver Canucks had in mind when the playoffs started.
Down to their final life on Wednesday, the back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy winners are in danger of becoming the first NHL team in more than seven decades to get swept out of the first round after leading the regular season in points.
While the Canucks are no doubt unaware of the exploits of the 1937-38 Boston Bruins, the fact the two teams could even be linked is a testament to the shocking reality of Vancouver’s situation heading into Game 4 against Los Angeles at Staples Center.
No one could have forecasted the possibility of their once-promising season ending so quickly.
“These are real pressure moments,” coach Alain Vigneault said this week. “They’re against the elite teams of the league that have been able to fight their way into the playoffs. We’re one of those teams and we’re faced with a very tough task.”
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