That's not exactly a "stop the presses" type headline, I realize, as I suspect most Canuck fans would have identified these two guys as under-achievers (anti-achievers?) in last night's stinker. Simply put, both the Canucks defensive corps and the Canucks powerplay had disastrous outings in Game Three, and the two point men were major factors in the meltdowns of both units.
At the Edmonton Journal's blog the Cult of Hockey, we have been doing a detailed analysis of each game in the Stanley Cup Finals, offering advanced scoring summaries (including errors by the scored-upon team) and assigning individual responsibility for scoring chances both for and against (Neilson Numbers). These analyses shine the spotlight of blame on Alexander Edler and Christian Ehrhoff in particular, although with the exception of Sami Salo the entire Canucks defensive group including Roberto Luongo had a rough night. Up front so did the Sedin brothers as well as Ryan Kesler. It was just a bad night for the Canucks all the way around.
The good news for 'nucks fans is that Vancouver played enough bad hockey last night to lose an entire series, but just dropped a single game. The Canucks have now been outscored 55-56 in the playoffs, but are somehow not only in the Stanley Cup Finals but leading the series, with 14 wins and 7 losses overall. Better to win the close ones and lose the blowouts than the other way around, eh.
For those into forensic statistics of what went wrong in Game Three, read more here on Neilson Numbers.