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by Paul on 05/02/13 at 05:14 AM ET
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
If this game was an indication of all the Sedins have to give at this point, the Canucks’ window to win a Cup has closed faster than a big door in -40 degree weather at an old folks home.
Invisibility hardly begins to describe their performance but they were hardly alone. Let’s put it this way, when Raymond is you’re best skater up front, your concerns are significant.
Derek Roy and Chris Higgins actually appeared to have some jump through the first two periods but they didn’t play together in an attempt to rekindle the chemistry they showed earlier in the season until it didn’t matter. Vancouver’s only goal came on such a bizarre scramble in front of Antti Niemi in the San Jose goal that any number of players on either team could have actually put in the goal credited to Kevin Bieksa, who himself looks nowhere near healthy.
"We didn’t do anything particularly badly but all of us have to give that extra 5% to get some offence," said Daniel Sedin. "Lui was great, he saved us in the first period."
Bascially folks, we’re talking the same old act with the same old players and the same old coach playing the same old game with the same old results with the same old explanations. Hands up if you’re feeling it’s getting just a little tiresome.
from Alan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
So cue the calliope music and fire up the crazy carousel. Time again for: what next from those whacky Canucks? Do they switch goalies? Is Cory Schneider healthy enough to go back in net? Is either one good enough right now to beat a gritty, fast-skating San Jose side?
One game in and already the Canucks’ goaltending is a critical issue for a team that has more than one on the rise. Neither Henrik nor Daniel Sedin did a thing in the 3-1 defeat. Ryan Kesler played a man on two bad feet. The defence disappeared like a David Copperfield prop.
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