Ducks send Canucks packing
Ducks 2, Canucks 1 (2OT)
Anaheim wins series 4-1
How anaemic was the Canucks' offence in these playoffs?
Vancouver played 861:55 minutes over 12 games, had a 4-5 record, and scored 21 goals. The minutes played figure equals out to 14.4 games — a number that gives you a sense of how the team's six overtime games added to the strain placed on the roster.
Factoring that in, Vancouver's goals per 60 minutes played figure was just 1.46.
The Canucks scored 2.6 goals per game during the regular season, which was tied for 21st in the league, and the biggest falloff came on the power play, which dropped from a 17.2-per-cent success rate to just 6.6 per cent in the playoffs.
And while it's difficult to blame that kind of a drop off on just one or two players, you have to look in the Sedin twins' direction on this one.
After all, Danny and Hank posted a combined 17 goals and 52 assists on the power play during the regular season — this on a team that managed just 70 goals with the man advantage all year. In the playoffs, the first postseason in which they were counted on to play first-line minutes, the twins had just three power-play points, one goal and two assists, on the team's measly four goals with the man advantage.
Thirty-two per cent of Vancouver's goals in the regular season were on the power play — a contrast from the just 19 per cent in the postseason.
That's really a shame, but not all that surprising. What's unfortunate is that Robert Luongo's ridiculous performance fell by the wayside, and I doubt any other netminder with a 1.77 goals-against average and .941 save percentage after Round 2 has ever been eliminated.
As for Anaheim, well, the Ducks are really going to have the benefit of some R&R going to Round 3 after winning two fairly routine five-game series. Randy Carlyle and company will be sitting back, relaxing in California with their fingers crossed the next few days, hoping that the Red Wings and Sharks continue to pound each other into submission.
And, if it should happen to be San Jose that advances, the Battle of California will mean an immensely easier travel schedule than any Pacific time zone team has ever experienced en route to the Stanley Cup finals.
I expect that'll make quite the difference.