Wednesday, May 02, 2007

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."
The Canucks have really surprised me in this series, hanging in there with the Ducks despite the fact injuries have decimated their so-called energy lines and many of the team's top defencemen. Had both teams been equally healthy, this would have been a long, hard-fought six or seven gamer.

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.



At 5:14 p.m., May 02, 2007, Anonymous Daniel said...

As a Ducks fan I will say that I am impressed with how well the Canucks have stuck around. Injuries be damned, they didn't use that as an excuse. I still don't think the Ducks have played as well as they can against them, but Vancouver has given them a very good test and if they would have won last night, I don't think I would be so 'hear hear' about their efforts.

At 5:32 p.m., May 02, 2007, Blogger Kel said...

I wrote during the first round series that whether Dallas or Vancouver won, they would make their next round opponent look worse, just because of their style. I think the Canucks are doing just that, making the Ducks look not as good (except for game 1.) Even though it's close to certain that they'll be out, I think we should still wait until they are actually out of the playoffs before concluding about the Canucks season. In the NHL, even a 3-0 series deficit had been overcome, let alone 3-1, which the Canucks experienced twice in 2003 (one for them and one against them)

At 5:38 p.m., May 02, 2007, Anonymous kwyjibo said...

'We need some other guys to ... go into those areas that are well-documented and talked about all over Vancouver'

Stanley Park? Yaletown?

At 6:05 p.m., May 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'We need some other guys to ... go into those areas that are well-documented and talked about all over Vancouver'

Stanley Park? Yaletown?

He's actually referring to the world famous #5 orange and the front of the net ;)

At 8:53 a.m., May 03, 2007, Blogger Jason said...

Roberto Luongo's emergence? The Canucks not a playoff team?

The Canucks bought the best goaltender on the market. The difference between this year and last year is entirely Luongo's doing.

Without Luongo, the Canucks would have finished in ninth again.

At 3:51 p.m., May 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason take a look at the early season predictions and all the pundits had the Canucks out of the playoffs even with Luongo in goal. No one started taking this team seriously until Mid to Late January when they started to put it together and surged towards the top of the division and battled there for first.

In October unless you were a die hard Canucks fan most people didn't have them in the race for the playoffs.


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