Originally Posted by Clockwork Orange
Part of it is that Vancouver simply is not as good as advertised. They never really have been. For some reason they've been considered amongst the league's elite teams despite the fact that they've won a grand total of one playoff series since their run to the Finals in '94.
Their goaltending is average at best even with a healthy Cloutier. They take far too many dumb penalties. Their stars have a habit of coming up small when the chips are down.
This really shouldn't come as any surprise and nothing will please me more than to see them headed for the golf course when the playoffs start.
I'm just glad to see there is some sense of reason. Whining about a clean hit which happens when you are vet skating throught the nuetral zone with your head down, inflaming the fan base about the incident to sell a couple more tickets, ignoring the rules of engagement, and eventually pile driving a guy's head into the ice ending his career are all acceptable and defendable behaviours. But losing 6 out of 7? Well, there you go.