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How the Canucks keep getting it wrong

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07:27 AM ET 05.10 | At what point did Vancouver, which was swept by the Sharks earlier this week, find itself tacking in the wrong direction? [It] appears they too are on the wrong side of history. The Canucks, it seems, are trying to win with a game that's no longer played in the NHL. This game is based on speed, skill, execution and precision, and while these are noble virtues, they're no longer effective or necessary in the NHL. ... For the second year in a row, the Canucks were eliminated by a team that might not have been as flashy but were bigger, heavier and tougher. This showed up in a hundred ways but, mostly, it was apparent in the hockey's principal war zones where the game has traditionally been won and lost.

The Province

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May 10, 2013  07:44 AM ET

Its called Karma. You and your players spend season after season whining and diving and you are forced to realize you got the wrong team make-up. Hehehehd

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May 10, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Its called Karma. You and your players spend season after season whining and diving and you are forced to realize you got the wrong team make-up. Hehehehd

Explain John Tortorella to us then...

May 10, 2013  08:24 AM ET

Doozy #2 comin right up!

May 10, 2013  08:25 AM ET
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"This game is based on speed, skill, execution and precision, and while these are noble virtues, they're no longer effective or necessary in the NHL."What the what?

That was brilliant writing wasnt it?

May 10, 2013  08:25 AM ET

do you watch hockey? The Blackhawks and Pens are based on speed, skill, execution and precision! They lost because they continue to play dumb hockey at times. They wrote the book on embellishment, along with a coach and organization who cry when they don't get their way. I will give them credit because it worked for them at times! They cry and refs give them calls from their diving, this series they cryed over the way SJ lined up for faceoffs, next game won more faceoffs bc they got their way. The only way this team every came from behind in a series is if they got their way, they tend to crumble if they don't.

May 10, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Well, at least they were noble...............and virtuous.

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May 10, 2013  08:50 AM ET

The sisters have one more year ( i thought it was more). They are immovable because of their NTC and the fact they share the same jammies. Should have brought in a Messier type a few years ago to light a fire. Too late now. The new GM needs to rid what he can and look to the future.

May 10, 2013  08:56 AM ET

They need some fighters, not biters.

May 10, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Well, at least they were noble...............and virtuous.

So was Helen Keller

May 10, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They cry and refs give them calls from their diving, this series they cryed over the way SJ lined up for faceoffs, next game won more faceoffs bc they got their way. The only way this team every came from behind in a series is if they got their way, they tend to crumble if they don't.

This is where its always bad to complain about the officiating. At some point the players start buying it and then any penalty they take or any bad call and the officials are doing it on purpose. Instead of working harder or looking to improve their game, they give up. They need to shut up and play hockey.

May 10, 2013  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"This game is based on speed, skill, execution and precision, and while these are noble virtues, they're no longer effective or necessary in the NHL."What the what?

Don't try to figure it out, DL. Just consider the source.

What in the hell is The Province anyway?

May 10, 2013  09:33 AM ET

"At what point did Vancouver, which was swept by the Sharks earlier this week, find itself tacking in the wrong direction?"

I bekieve it started when the Oilers pulled their pants down at Rexall Place on April 27 and spanked their bottoms raw to the tune of 7-2. Bad omen going into the playoffs. They never recovered.

May 10, 2013  09:51 AM ET

I guess they'll blame it on Dopey Gillis

May 10, 2013  09:58 AM ET

It's an enigma to me.

May 10, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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It's an enigma to me.

I wouldn't go that far. But it is a mystery.

Good game by Vokoun last night. Looks like MAF is gonna be in the basement for a while at least.

May 10, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

What in the hell is The Province anyway?

Everyone said the Canucks needed to get bigger, stronger, tougher, so last year Gillis addressed it by bringing in the hard-nosed Swede Sami Pahlsson. This year he addressed it by bringing in a smurf from Dallas, the diminutive Derek Roy. Meanwhile, he sent a true tough guy who could play, Aaron "Peppermint" Volpatti, to the Caps. Don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily think Gillis is a bad manager, however, I do sometimes wonder if he understands what big, strong and tough means.

Btw, The Province is a tabloid newspaper out of Vancouver.

May 10, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily think Gillis is a bad manager,

I do.

 
May 10, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Well, at least they were noble...............and virtuous.

That will keep you lonely.

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