Re: Alternate Reality
posted at 4/30/2012 12:04 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Alternate Reality
[QUOTE]I for one would have been more PO'd if I was a Vancouver fan
. Lose in the cup final, win the President's trophy, and then getting bounced by the LA Kings is much worse than winning a cup, getting key players hurt and losing in OT to the Caps. Without Bergeron, they wouldn't have won the cup. Given that, I'd rather the players get some rest for the run next year. You need a healthy Bergeron and Horton out there. Next year, there are no excuses and I will be disappointed if they don't get out of the first round next year. Was listening to local sports radio over the weekend and wanted to put my fist through the radio. The talk was about how they are disappointed with the first round exit and expected the team to make the conference finals. Making the conference finals and not winning the cup is like winning the Presidents trophy, it means NOTHING. Also, talking about how they need a top winger and someone who can put the puck in the net - Hello!! Horton was injured. I know the impulse is a first round exit should cause some major changes but it fails to recognize that this core just won the cup. Fire the PP coach, put Seguin at the point with Chara, get healthy, and tell Lucic that he should dump it deep or hold onto it when he doesn't see a guy to pass it to. Lucic passing the puck into space time after time was a major factor in losing to the Caps.
Posted by nrguy[/QUOTE]
For me, what last season and this season point out is this: how difficult it is to get to the Cup Final and win it. At the risk of repeating posts I've made on other threads, everything has to go right, at just the right time, for a team, any team to win the Cup. That's why it's so tough. It's breaks, bounces, injuries (or lack thereof), a big save here, an opponent's goalie whiffing on a soft shot there -- add up all those things, and you have a Cup. If even one of those things goes the other way, that may be enough to deny you.
As the defending champs, the Bruins were considered one of the favourites to come out of the east. As defending west reps, and #1 in the regular season, the Canucks were considered the same. Both teams are out. Bounces, injuries, goalies, and it's "woulda, coulda, shoulda".