What a mad Game 6. Talk about a gut-wrenching defeat. That game and this series was an emotional rolloer coaster if I ever saw one. Once again, there was so much right going on for the Canucks but in the end their defence killed them. I don't understand Vancouver's panic in their own end all series long. I think you can attribute part of it to the Hawks' amazing ability to capitalize on their chances whenever the Canucks failed in their own zone. Were you ever not on the edge of your seat when the Hawks attacked and gained puck possession in our zone? I know I wasn't. It appeared that the Canucks had the same frame of mind.
Much can be attributed to Chicago's speed, intensity and composure, three things that the Canucks lacked in this series. Even though the Canucks erased a 3-1 deficit and gained a 4-3 lead in the final game, we thought that maybe the team had found their composure and possibly had the Hawks on the ropes. Nope. Not even 2:00 after Mats Sundin scored the 4th goal to put the Canucks ahead, Adam Burrish made it 4-4. 6.5 minutes later, the newly-revived Dan Sedin made it 5-4, only for Patrick Kane to score 45 seconds later to make it 5-5. From there the Hawks unleashed hell. The Canucks could not hold a lead in this series to save their lives, which brings me back to Games 1 & 2, where they established the nasty trend of blowing leads and how that could play on the teams' psyche.
Well, it's over now. The inabilty to hold leads was the main key, with the absolute blow to the head being the Game 4 loss, where they were 3:00 away from taking a 3-1 series lead and lost in overtime thanks to: another blown lead.
The better team won. We even outshot them finally and still lost. Yeah...god damn.
Now who do you cheer for in these playoffs? Do you pick the Hawks because you hate Anaheim and Detroit? I do. I now want to see a Bruins-Hawks Final, but that is besides the point right now. Maybe you will stop watching hockey all together.
Now, we can talk about which player is sticking around or not. Is Mats Sundin going to retire? Will Mike Gillis re-sign the Twins?
Yankee and I are not going anywhere. We intend to keep you up to date on all things Canucks non-stop.
There will be more analysis' on this Canucks team and this series over the next few days.
In the meantime, I would like to thank all of the Canucks fans who hung out with us for this ride. Yeah, the rollercoaster went off the tracks but we appreciate you dying with us.
Fuck it. Talk to you tomorrow.
Luongo talks about letting his team down, allowing 7 goals against. He gets choked up. Tough stuff. The team failed, not just Luongo.