According to quite a few Sharks fans the Canucks beat a better team. Hell, Ian White of the Sharks were the better team. I find it amazing that for the third series in a row that the Canucks have beaten a better team. Chicago and Nashville fans used the same argument, “Our teams outplayed, and outclassed the Canucks, but they got lucky (for one of a hundred reasons) and moved on to the next round. “
Lest we forget Ryan Johnson, SOB and Wellwood all saying the Canucks were not worthy of the cup and were lucky to have the opportunity to face their new teams. Those teams knew how to win. I think all the Canucks might want to go buy 6/49 tickets since they seem to be the luckiest group of bastards ever to have lucked their way through the first three rounds.
Now in all sports I have heard sportcasters, players and fans use the term “better team” and apply it to the losing side. I have probably done it myself in the past. But now I look back over the playoffs and wonder how the Canucks could not be the better team in all three series? They won. If you win four games out of seven you have to be the better team. Now some would argue that the way the Canucks won some games lessens the win. I don’t believe that. Calls from officials went for and against the Canucks in these playoffs as they did with all teams. What the difference then? The Canucks were the better team. The group of individuals that make up the Canucks did their jobs separately and work together better than the competition. For those of you that disagree I point to the fact the Canucks are in the SCF. And in the end is that not the final point of the argument.
Other teams may have great goalies, a superstar forward or defenseman. Others teams may have carried the play, outhit the Canucks, scored more goals in the series, allowed less goals in the series, had a better powerplay % or penalty %. But in the end the Canucks won four games first. So how could they not be the better team?
I look forward to hearing the argument of how the President’s Trophy winning, Western Conference Champion Vancouver Canucks were not the better team.
I believe I have become smug and preening.