|Patrice Bergeron (left) and Gregory Campbell celebrate Bergeron’s second goal. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)|
Net results weren’t there for the big scorers
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — While goaltender Roberto Luongo came under scrutiny for allowing far too many goals, there was another reason the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup Final: They didn’t score.
That was due in large part to Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas. But it was also due to the disappearance of Henrik and Daniel Sedin — winners of the last two scoring titles — and of Ryan Kesler.
In the seven games, the Canucks scored just eight times.
“We had a lot of chances to score goals, but couldn’t beat Thomas,’’ Henrik Sedin said. “As a team, you get a lot of momentum when you see the other team can’t score.’’
In the Final, Daniel had 4 points (three assists) and Henrik had just 1 point, a goal. They were also both on the ice for each of the four goals scored by the Bruins last night. Kesler had a single assist on his résumé.
They had 37 shots last night, and their offense generated numerous chances. They just couldn’t finish.
“I think you’ve got to give credit where credit is due,’’ Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. “Their goaltender was real tough to beat. The way they played in front of him was real tough to beat. We had some Grade A chances and we weren’t able to score.’’
And this was from an offense that was exceptional throughout the season, especially on the power play, which was particularly impotent in this series. They went 0 for 2 last night with the man advantage.
Asked about that, Kesler said, “We didn’t score. That’s what went wrong. I thought we were getting chances, in [Games] 5, 6, 7. Scored in Game 6. But it won us games all year, and it hurt us tonight. We gave up a shorthanded goal.’’
While Henrik Sedin was clearly not interested in putting the blame on Luongo, he was not nearly as shy about putting the blame on himself and his brother.
“Our line is there to score,’’ he said. “We couldn’t score.’’
Sorry postscript As the Canucks talked in their locker room, rumors filtered in about unrest in the streets of Vancouver. There were fires set in multiple locations, and reports of looting and smashed police cars. “It’s terrible,’’ Henrik Sedin said. “This city and province have a lot to be proud of. The team we have and the guys we have in here. It’s too bad.’’
Growing into it The last time the Canucks were playing in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final, a 10-year-old Jeff Tambellini was watching from his house in the Vancouver area, while his father was off in New York with the team.
“It was heartbreaking,’’ he said. “It was hard to watch.
“I was just a big fan, just always wanted to be around the room. I loved being next to the guys, feeling the atmosphere and just trying to be as close as I could. It’s something that I have been very fortunate to grow up in.’’
Tambellini spent his childhood around players like Cliff Ronning and Trevor Linden, former Canucks who took him under their wing, guys who looked out for him.
This time, he wasn’t watching. Tambellini, the son of current Oilers general manager and longtime Canucks front office member Steve Tambellini, was added to the Vancouver roster for Game 7 after left wing Mason Raymond suffered a fractured vertebrae in Game 6.
Tambellini had played in the first three games of the Final but not since.
“It’s an outstanding feeling,’’ Tambellini said before the game. “It’s kind of a culmination of everything you work for.’’
You know that you’re prepared for this moment. Now it’s just, go out there and find a way to make the most of it and get this thing done.’’
Tambellini said he didn’t spend much time as a kid picturing himself scoring the winning goal in Game 7 of the Final. But even if he didn’t pretend, he got his chance last night.
And the advice from his father?
“Just make the most of this game, and whatever you can do, get it done,’’ Tambellini said.
As he was saying . . . Did Daniel Sedin really guarantee the Canucks would win in Game 7? It’s debatable. Though his quote in the aftermath of Game 6 in Boston was widely reported as a guarantee, Sedin pulled back from it yesterday morning. “That was probably me being excited and the words came wrong out of my mouth,’’ he said. “What I said was, if we put our best game on the ice, I like our chances. That’s the way it’s been all year. When we play our best, we’re a tough team to beat.’’ . . . There was no update on the condition of Raymond before the game, with Vigneault saying he wasn’t sure whether Raymond would be able to return to Vancouver yesterday or today. Sedin said he sent him a text message Tuesday. “He’s obviously not too happy, but we’re going to play for him tonight and all the other guys that’s out of the lineup,’’ Sedin said.
He was ready Vigneault walked off the ice after the morning skate saying it was the best game-day skate of the season. “That I had,’’ he clarified. “I said it took me over 100 games, but this was the best one. I skated real smooth and had a good shot on net, so I was pleased with the morning skate. I wasn’t talking about the players because I don’t put a lot of stock into morning skates.’’ . . . Bieksa, on what he thought about upon waking up yesterday: “I just think about how much I’m going to tip the valet, if my car is going to be waiting for me, if I’m going to have to wait 10 minutes for it. Same things.’’
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