Winning the Stanley Cup is not supposed to be easy. Still, it’s disappointing – disheartening – to have a 2-0 series lead and then get beat 12-1 in the next couple of games.
The Bruins have flipped the script here. In games 1 and 2, the Canucks got better as the game went on. In games 3 and 4, the Canucks started well enough, only to disappear after the first intermission. All season long, the second period was their worst period, and that was magnified in Beantown getting outscored 6-0 in the middle 20.
Obviously, it’s not over. And the Canucks do still have home-ice advantage. But they need to regroup and they need to be better. It’s obvious some of the players – Hank, Kes, Eddy, in particular – are labouring, but this is the Stanley Cup Finals. It took 17 years for this team to get back to this point and who knows when they’ll get another chance after this – they just need to suck it up.
I’m still confident they can do it. Are they?
Tim Thomas. Another spectacular performance by the Bruins’ netminder. 38 saves and a wicked slash on Alex Burrows’ ankles.
Keith Ballard. It’s hard to get put in the lineup midway through the Stanley Cup Finals, but still. Bally looked out of place and was directly responsible for Brad Marchand’s 3-0 goal.
- 12. After building a 2-0 series lead, the Canucks gave up a combined 12 goals in Beantown. With a 3-0 series lead, they gave up the same in games 4 and 5 against Chicago before eventually righting the ship.
- 5. Once again, the Canucks went 0-fer on the powerplay. They now have a woeful 5% PP rate (1-for-22) in the series.
- 3. The big guns – Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler – have combined 3 points (1 goal and 2 assists) in 4 games. There’s no wonder why the Canucks have scored but 4 goals in total in this series.
The Next Time
This is not a repeat. (Okay it is.) The Canucks need to forget game 4 ever happened.