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Canucks eliminated

May 3, 2007

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Well, a great season has come to an end.

The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Canucks 2-1 in double overtime to take the series 4-1. What a weird game it was. The Canucks played absolutely terrible the entire game, and looked like they wanted nothing more than to finish the game and be done with it. It was shockingly terrible. Thankfully, they had the incredible Roberto Luongo to bail them out time and time again. Luongo played one of the most incredible games of hockey I’ve ever seen by a goaltender.

The thing that upsets me the most is the way the game ended. Luongo played so amazing all game, and unfortunetly the game ended on what you could consider a pretty terrible goal. Jannick Hansen was hit really hard near the blue line, and Luongo glanced to his left to see if the ref was going to call a penalty. Then, at that exact moment, Scott Niedermayer wristed a shot in towards the net that Luongo simply didn’t see.

I feel horrible for him, as he played so amazing and is the one and only reason the Canucks even made it into the playoffs in the first place, let alone to the second round. I can only hope the media doesn’t try to start shit like they often do, by saying Luongo is the reason we lost and that he isn’t a playoff goalie, and so on. That would be complete bullshit, and I hope they have more sense than that.

All in all, it was an excellent season. At the beginning of the year, no one even predicted the Canucks to make the playoffs. They ended up winning their division and breaking a team record for most points in a season.

Henrik Sedin broke the team record for most assists in a season. Roberto Luongo broke the record for most games played, saves, wins and other records, as well I’m sure.

Alain Vigneault was nominated for Coach of the Year, and has a good chance at winning the award.

Roberto Luongo was nominated for three of the NHL’s most prestigious awards; The Hart, Pearson and Vezina Trophy’s.

The Sedins proved they are capable of being go-to guys and had incredible seasons. Kevin Bieksa went from being a potential 5th or 6th defenseman to becoming the league’s best bargain at only 500k a year, and becoming one of the Canucks’ most important players.

Alex Burrows, Trevor Linden, Josh Green, Sami Salo and Mattias Ohlund all stepped up and improved this season. This was above-all, a very successful season for the Vancouver Canucks. We can look toward next year with excitement and hope.

I had a great year watching the Canucks. One of the best I’ve had as a fan. Although I have this strange empty feeling inside- as after filling the past seven months by watching my team play- I still cannot help but be proud and happy with what they’ve accomplished.

I want to thank everyone in the Canucks organization for a wonderful season, and I can’t wait for October!

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2 comments

  1. That picture is so sad … what a pose of dejection. I always feel like giving the losing team a big hug. Girly, I know. šŸ™‚


  2. It was a crappy goal that ended it after a major hit. Luongo was unreal, and definitely gets my vote for MVP. Too bad the twins didn’t show up in the playoffs. Just like us Oiler fans say, there’s always next year…



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