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The Canucks Don’t Look Scared, They Look Tired



New Puck Daddy: It’s not that the Canucks are playing sans-cajones – their best players are tired


Sidebar before I explain my column: my Dad’s in town this weekend which should be fun - the fact that there are a couple finals games to watch while he’s here makes it even better. Unfortunately, it may also keep with my trend of not having a ton of time to post on here during the finals, so sorry about that. Obviously it’s my busy season.

My take on the last night’s game is fully laid out in the column above.

This was a fun exchange.

I sat down this morning to write a totally different game story, though. I was going to explain the many different ways a guy can play without fear, and how it translates into effective play because that’s what I thought I saw out of the Bruins that I wasn’t seeing from Vancouver. But first, as I always do, I re-watched all the game highlights on, and it just sort of hit me.

I suddenly didn’t think the Canucks played scared, or intimidated hockey….I thought they look tired. I went back and watch parts of the game on DVR, and became more certain of it.

And really, it makes sense – just check out the column. The top three forwards in minutes played in this series are three Canuck forwards that they need to be at their best.

And that’s not to take anything away from the Bruins, who’ve played near-perfect team hockey in front of very-near-perfect Tim Thomas over the past couple games. It’s been something to watch, and B’s fans are starting to sense hope.

It’s just been a lot of games with a lot of minutes with a lot of pressure, and while both teams are enduring that, the top forwards on Boston aren’t logging the same minutes as the guys on Vancouver. ….Nor are they facing Zdeno Chara, even if he hasn’t been quite himself either.

…..But I’m still callin’ Canucks in six. :)


I’ll be tweeting my upcoming radio hits throughout the day, so stay with me on there as I blather on about whatever is asked of me. Off to tidy and hit the grocery store before Dad’s plane lands!


12 Responses to “The Canucks Don’t Look Scared, They Look Tired”
  1. Frank says:

    alright Justin…..I think Boston is going to win……so what are we betting?

  2. DesertNorth says:

    Canucks in 6!! Justin you’re in denial! No team has ever been outscored 12-1 in back to back games in the Finals and won the Cup. Look it up.

  3. KForbes says:

    I couldn’t agree more.
    Particularly in the third periods of both games in Boston, it just looks like the Canucks wanted the clock to run out so that they could go back to their dressing room/bed.

    Something in your article brought this idea to mind, but when you talk about being prepared to pay the price to win and tell that oft-repeated story about a young Gretzky and the Islanders, I’m wondering if the fact that there isn’t a leader with a Stanley Cup under his belt on the Canucks has some effect?
    Samuelsson won with Detroit, but he’s not available in the room or on the bench. I’m not sure if Rome’s experience with Anaheim really counts for much.

    There was a bit said about Recchi and Thornton choosing for the ‘right moment’ to bring their Stanley Cup rings to the rink to show the guys. It just doesn’t feel like there’s a similar influence with the Canucks.

    Everyone needs to win their first Cup sometime though…

  4. Steve C. says:

    I think you’re right about the Canucks over working their premier players, but what really surprises me is their defense. I thought they had 8-9 interchangeable top 6 and now there are some injuries and they can’t contain. Hamhuis and Rome

  5. Steve C. says:


    Hamhuis and Rome go down and the D falls apart?
    Nice article though Justin…homer!

  6. vx inTN says:

    BY GOD, I am now a Tim Thomas fan. He is playing like an Old Time goalie. I havent enjoyed a game on TV this much in decades.

    Dont just blame the defense. Lou isnt exactly looking Vezina-ish.

    The Canucks not only look tired, they look afraid. Afraid of failing and afraid of getting pounded. And they are NOT (outside of a few) standing up for each other. They are not playing like a Team. And that is death in hockey.

    Next game decides the series. Canucks MUST grow a backbone and WANT this win. I keep going back to what Barry Melrose used to say all the time: Wil overcomes Skill. These last 2 games are perfect examples of that.

  7. SDC says:

    interesting point because the Bruins (Chara in particular on the Burrows OT goal) looked bagged in the first 2 games, and all of a sudden they’ve got a second wind and the roles are reversed.

  8. Neil C. says:

    the guy with the Bobby Orr profile picture called a guy who lives in Phoenix and cheers for the Islanders a homer for picking the non-Bobby Orr team (that is neither Phoenix nor NYI) in a 2-2 series… :D It’s hard to pick up on sarcasm in online talks so I apologize in advance if this was a joke Steve!

  9. Steve C. says:

    Neil C…yeah it was a dig at Bourne.

    Justin is originally from Kelowna BC and he is rooting for the Canucks. (i.e. Canada)
    The Bruin’s two blowout games garnered zero coverage on Bourne’s Blog and at first I couldn’t understand why but now I do. It can be hard to write objectively about the enemy.

  10. Richie says:

    I’m rooting for the Bruins but there’s obligation on Justin to write glowingly about them if he’s backing the Canucks. It’s his blog after all, we just read it.

  11. Richie says:

    I meant NO obligation.

  12. Melanie says:

    Long after the fact to voice an opinion, but I would suspect both teams were equally tired.

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