It may have had something to do with the fact the Sedins were soft as hell, and Luongo had nerves of pudding. There's no way you can blame the coach for that.
As a Rangers fan who lives in Vancouver and also enjoys the Canucks(not as much as NYR though) I absolutely do not want AV as the next coach of the New York Rangers.
For starters, we think Torts doesn't know how to adjust in game. Well neither does AV, unless by adjusting you mean juggling lines (a Tortorella hallmark). Second, the Canucks you saw this year is the style of hockey AV likes to coach(very similar to his first few years here before the offense exploded). The reason they led the NHL in offensive categories the past few years was because the Canucks had a ridiculous amount of offensive potential, so AV sat back and let them do their thing. But as soon as that strategy wasn't working, AV reverted to what he does best:trying to coach grinding, boring hockey (sound familiar?). Personally, I don't think we have the talent for AV to sit back and let the offense do its thing. I think he would try and impose his system on the Rangers.
How is it that a team that finished 1st in offense and 1st in PP 2 years ago drops to 19th and 22nd? Because as soon as the Canucks weren't getting the results they used to, AV brought his 'strategy' back in. We actually scored more goals than the Canucks this year, and our terrible pp which came in at 15.7% was only 0.1% worse than Vancouver's.
Obviously not all the blame can fall on the coach, just like not all the blame for the Rangers can fall on Tortorella. But while AV may be a much more player friendly, calm and collected individual, his actual style and approach to hockey isn't that different than the one we currently have...
So Pittsburgh's best opponent just scored 2 goals in 2 games and Pittsburgh meanwhile puts up 6 against one of the best defensive teams in the league. Please someone talk me off the ledge. I don't see how the Penguins don't win the cup. This is the best offensive team in a while.