Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/23/12 at 07:12 AM ET
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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