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San Jose Sharks Advance To Western Conference Semi-Finals

The Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks in OT with a goal by Patrick Marleau on the power play. 

Many questions will now be asked regarding the Canucks. 

Update from George: Here's the series-winning goal...

And the Vancouver Province asked several questions about the Canucks' future:

It’s the second straight year the Canucks have lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs — and a team that was one game from its first championship 23 months ago could well see significant changes in the offseason.

After all, a team that won Presidents’ Trophies in 2011 and 2012 as the NHL’s best regular season lost 10 of its last 11 postseason games, dating back to game 6 of the Stanley Cup final against Boston in June 2011.

Head coach Alain Vigneault, who’s led the Canucks to six Northwest Division titles in his seven seasons in Vancouver, is on the hot seat after the Canucks failed to produce much offence against the Sharks — and, often, during the lockout-shortened, 48-game regular season.

The offseason will surely bring an end to the goaltending saga; the team has tried to trade Roberto Luongo since last year. And with at least a half-dozen key players over the age of 30, the Canucks have been lapped by younger, faster, stronger teams.

They also have pending free agents in, among others, forwards Mason Raymond and Derek Roy, while the Sedin brothers are just a year away from free agency.

The Canucks made few moves during the past two off-seasons, since the Stanley Cup final loss. There might be more urgency this time; after all, seats went empty during the postseason. Cost, and fan indifference, have been cited as factors.

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SYF's avatar

Some people have witnessed that Alain Vigneault didn’t even shake hands at the end of the game.  He knows he’s gone.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/08/13 at 01:54 AM ET

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with a goal by Patrick Marlene

Heh…

Posted by Garth on 05/08/13 at 07:29 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Now fixed Garth, I did the blog from my tablet, in bed, damn auto spell check.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/08/13 at 08:07 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

Good for Todd McLellan!

cheese

Posted by w2j2 on 05/08/13 at 10:14 AM ET

Matt Fry's avatar

While I’m extremely happy my Sharks beat out the whiny Canucks, that penalty call in overtime was a little bit weak.  But hey, I’ll take it.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 05/08/13 at 01:13 PM ET

awould's avatar

That penalty call was horrible. Just awful.

But almost as bad was watching all the Canucks just glide into their zone while Marleau bullied his way in for the game winner - just pathetic defense. They deserved to lose the game and the series.

Posted by awould on 05/08/13 at 01:52 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

It makes me wish the Red Wings would have drawn Vancouver in the rankings.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/08/13 at 02:05 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

The Canucks went from an interesting team four or so year sago to a team everybody loves to see get beat.

Too bad.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/08/13 at 08:31 PM ET

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