The Brabarian goes down
The Latest on the Canucks: Forward Jeff Cowan underwent minor knee surgery Tuesday and is out indefinitely.
Cowan was hurt at the end of Sunday's Game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks and ... is likely gone for the season. He watched Tuesday's game with the Canucks' other top-two energy players, Matt Cooke and Ryan Kesler.
"From Kesler to Cooke to Cowan to even Rick Rypien, there's a lot of grit that's out of our lineup," coach Alain Vigneault said Tuesday. "We need some other guys to step up, to go into those areas that are well-documented and talked about all over Vancouver."
Now? Not so much — and Vancouver's going to really be in tough to pull out one, let alone two, wins in Anaheim over the next three games.
Still, I think this season has to be considered a remarkable success for Vigneault and company, especially given the Canucks weren't even a playoff team last year and the fact that $6-million man, captain Markus Naslund, is a shell of his former self. The steps taken by players like the Sedin twins and Kevin Bieksa, as well as Roberto Luongo's emergence as one of a franchise netminder (in any situation), bode well for this team's future.
Just not the immediate one.