So, Whose Fault Was It?
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05-08-2013, 10:24 AM
Join Date: Jan 2006
It's a team game. It's everyone's fault. The Sharks were simply better as a team and as individuals. Yes the refereeing was atrocious and the Sharks had one period of PP time over the Canucks, yes the games were very close and especially games 2 and 4 could've easily turned into Canucks' favor, but they didn't.
That's because the team wasn't good enough. In the big picture you do indeed make your own breaks and the Canucks didn't do enough for that to happen. You can look at the game 4 for example say that, damn, if only the referees didn't have their heads in their ***** and didn't call those 2 penalties we would've won the game. Or look at game 2 and say if Hansen shot that puck into the empty net rather than miss it by few inches we would've won that game... but at the same time, Sharks completely out chanced the Canucks during the whole series.
Did Niemi have a single great save during these 4 games? I don't remember one. Is this because the Canucks executed their scoring chances so perfectly that Niemi had no chance to make those saves? Or because the Canucks didn't have enough of those chances? Obviously the latter. In general, the way the goalie plays is a good indication how the team played. Thomas won Conn Smythe against a decimated Canucks team that left everything and more on the ice. Niemi barely broke a sweat in this series.
And for the record, it's not because of lack of effort, lack of heart etc. That's pure garbage, the players are obviously trying as hard as they can. I can buy "lack of effort" as a reason when the team loses to Oilers in a random game in February or something. If you can't come up with anything else than that, you probably shouldn't say anything.
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