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Vancouver’s Cup Run Ends Quickly

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“Nobody envisioned this.”

Despite which club you thought might win this series, or whether you reckoned these Vancouver Canucks were made of stern enough stuff in Year 2 of their Presidents’ Trophy reign, head coach Alain Vigneault’s words summed up well what happened to the Western Conference champions in Round 1 this spring.

Lose to the Los Angeles Kings? Well, you could have seen that if you squinted a little bit. The Kings were an eighth seed, but from perhaps the best division in the league.

Maybe the Vancouver goaltending would go bad. Perhaps Daniel never returned, or Jonathan Quick just put up such a brick wall that he might win the series all by himself.

For the Canucks however, this was death by 1,000 cuts. Another season passes in Vancouver without a Stanley Cup. This time, without even a decent run at one.

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Primis's avatar

The Kings were an eighth seed, but from perhaps the best division in the league.

Uhhh no.  A little thing called stats and numbers quite clearly shows the Central was far better, and that it wasn’t even close.

Posted by Primis on 04/23/12 at 09:12 AM ET

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Yeah, don’t know where he got that idea. Central by far the toughest. StL, Nash, Det, Chi are you kidding me?

Posted by timbits on 04/23/12 at 11:22 AM ET

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“Nobody envisioned this.”

OHH OHH WAIT!!! I DID!!!

Actually not only did I envision it, I dreamt about it, and its glorious.

Posted by pstumba on 04/23/12 at 12:01 PM ET

awould's avatar

The Pacific Division was weak this year. Central and Atlantic were far superior. LA is a good team, but let’s not rewrite history to make the Canucks feel better about losing. They’re a President’s Trophy team who lost in Round 1 to an 8-seed, there is no silver lining.

Posted by awould on 04/23/12 at 01:02 PM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

pretty good weekend for hockey. Pens AND Nucks getting bounced. I hope the Sens or Rags take it all.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 04/23/12 at 01:14 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Quick is the type of goaltender who can steal a series for his team.  I still maintain that the problem with the Canucks is their coach.  He is not able to adjust well at all and this was evident in the SCF last year.  I guess Kesler’s disappearing act didn’t help much either.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 04/23/12 at 01:29 PM ET

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  The Kings were an eighth seed, but from perhaps the best division in the league.

Uhhh no.  A little thing called stats and numbers quite clearly shows the Central was far better, and that it wasn’t even close.

Posted by Primis on 04/23/12 at 07:12 AM ET

This.  Since, you know, by points the Pacific playoff teams were 6th, 7th, and 8th, and the Central playoff teams by points were 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/23/12 at 07:31 PM ET

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