Steve Bernier was terrible in Vancouver, but now he’s in New Jersey and he’s successfully killed off any chance of the Devils forcing an improbable game 7 against the LA Kings. His breathtakingly stupid blatant boarding penalty on Rob Scuderi gave the Kings a 5 minute power-play (and Bernier was subsequently tossed), and the Kings predictably scored 3 goals in that span to kill the game off as a contest. It’s 4-1 LA as of this post so I’ll just go on and congratulate the Los Angeles Kings for pulling off one of the great Stanley Cup playoff runs ever seen. They’ve deserved it and are clearly not some random #8 seed as found out by Vancouver, St. Louis, Phoenix, and now New Jersey. Also, given the number of ex-Flyers on the team, this is about as close as a Philadelphia fan can get to celebrating a Stanley Cup any time soon.
Oh, and here’s the footage of Bernier’s career going up in smoke.
The final day of the NHL regular season saw the Vancouver Canucks handle the tepid Edmonton Oilers 3-0 to clinch the #1 seed in the Western Conference and assure themselves home ice for the rest of the Stanley Cup by once again winning the President’s Trophy, this time eeking it out over the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers. After 20 games the Canucks were a mediocre 10-9-1 and here they are ending the season with 111 points is a remarkable achievement. Add that to Daniel Sedin getting concussed by Chicago’s Duncan Keith, missing the last two or so weeks of the regular season and losing only once without him and you’ve got yourself a hell of a turnaround.
Vancouver will play either the LA Kings or the San Jose Sharks, and believe me, I’d rather play San Jose as they’re masters of screwing themselves up in the postseason. Currently the Sharks are down 2-1 and would play Vancouver if that result holds.
All I ask? No riots. And maybe win the Stanley Cup.
Get your beards ready for Wednesday!
1.) Play like you did in the regular season. That team was pretty good.
2.) The Sedin twins and “Roadberto Luongo” cannot continue to disappear through stretches of the playoffs. Yeah, Vancouver really needed these guys in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Actually they’ve needed them to come up big lots of times in recent seasons but it appears it’s way more hit-and-miss than it should be. Henrik and Daniel can’t have minus games over and over again like the Chicago and Boston series.
3.) Riot a little less. Read: Win the Stanley Cup.
Good luck on the season, ‘Nucks.
While the Philadelphia Flyers are trading their house away all because Ilya Brzygalov is the new Patrick Roy (or something like that), the Vancouver Canucks and GM Mike Gillis have made two sensible decisions just in time for the free-agency period.
It’s been two days since the Stanley Cup went to the Boston Bruins and here I am trying to muster up some words to explain what exactly happened. I’m not going to really discuss the monstrosity that occurred in Downtown Vancouver as it’s been discussed to death. No matter what people will say, the image of Canucks fans, the organization, and the people of Vancouver will all be severely tarnished. It’s an incredible tragedy all over a hockey game.
I’m not writing another sermon, I am too excited and nervous to think, just win it all for Mason Raymond (MayRay), Dan Hamhuis, Mikael Samuelsson, and the entire Vancouver Canucks fanbase and organization. Tim Thomas can keep the Conn Smythe as long as Vancouver has the trophy that really matters.