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Contrast with the LA Kings

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Nitpicking a little bit here, but Rome's Stanley Cup ring doesn't really count as "experience."

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2) Our team has nobody with a Stanley Cup ring. This fact alone tells me that in the locker room, the Canucks have no one to depend upon. LA has 3 players with a ring: Penner, Scuderi, and Fraser.

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Luck had nothing to do with it.

Our weaknesses were:

Goaltending. Quick > Luongo. By the time Schneids got to start it was almost already too late

Defense: LA had a bigger, more physical defense. Edler had one of the worst playoff series of his career. The whole of our defense just couldn't contain LA. (Then again a lot of teams ran into that) Doughty is an elite d-man, a type that we're lacking.

Offense: Outside of the Twins did anyone else show up? Where was Booth? Where was Higgins? Burrows? Kes was hurt. LA had secondary scoring with the likes of King, Penner, Stoll.

Coaching: Look at the two coaches. AV and his assistants didn't get the team to work on fixing it's powerplay, or work on an effective forecheck. Dump-Chase, Dump-Chase. Predictable. Then you look at Sutter. He was getting the most of his horses. He played a puck possession game. The players were like lions on raw meat. Sutter was actually COACHING his players, working with them, correcting mistakes, demanding more of his guys. Sutter got results. AV...well getting to game 7 I guess is good enough for this franchise.

That's why we lost. We got out-worked, out-coached. The team from 2/3rd of the season on was out of gas, plain and simple.

You can get hot at the right time, but you need the team to get you to 16 wins.

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Stanley Cup experience is overrated. The Canucks have a ton of players who have gone to game 7 of the SCF anyways, and experience comes from the marathon, not the final sprint.

The fact does remain that the Canucks need a physically imposing defenceman. One of the problems that has been ongoing is the lack of muscle along the boards in our own end. It's not so much that the Canucks are too small, it's that there's little threat for opposing forwards to go down low.

As for size up front, it's a luxury more than anything. Acquiring a skilled tough guy costs a lot, be it in assets or cap hit. We also have Kassian, despite him being a work in progress.

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The big difference?

The refs and LA wear the same coloured jerseys.

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Canucks choked in big games, got lucky on the way to the SCF and then got completely outclassed and outmatched against the Bruins.

Kings on the other hand, dominated the top 3 teams in the West and then won BIG in a must win game for them.

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Doughty destroyed the Devils.

Only person who could have possibly done what Doughty did was Ehrhoff. Too bad he's gone.

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The big difference?

The refs and LA wear the same coloured jerseys.

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How can you blame it on the refs? I know the reffing is often pretty bad, but I can't really say it was biased against Vancouver. Besides the series wasn't even close enough for the refs to make a difference. LA obviously outplayed Vancouver and deserved to win.

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Canucks choked in big games, got lucky on the way to the SCF and then got completely outclassed and outmatched against the Bruins.

Kings on the other hand, dominated the top 3 teams in the West and then won BIG in a must win game for them.

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Wow, that post was complete crap. Luck? Not a chance.

For starters, the Kings beat an injury riddled Canucks. Removing Kesler and Daniel is like removing Brown and Kopitar. Suddenly they don't look so hot, do they? Whatever. We played like crap anyway.

Blues aren't built for the playoffs offensively. Winning by committee can get you everything but a birth in the final and the ultimate prize. Phoenix is a joke; overachieved all season. So while the Kings did beat the top three seeds, the first seed was a far cry from the real team it truly is and the other two were just phonies.

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Stanley Cup experience is overrated. The Canucks have a ton of players who have gone to game 7 of the SCF anyways, and experience comes from the marathon, not the final sprint.

The fact does remain that the Canucks need a physically imposing defenceman. One of the problems that has been ongoing is the lack of muscle along the boards in our own end. It's not so much that the Canucks are too small, it's that there's little threat for opposing forwards to go down low.

As for size up front, it's a luxury more than anything. Acquiring a skilled tough guy costs a lot, be it in assets or cap hit. We also have Kassian, despite him being a work in progress.

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Not luck? We barely squeaked by the hawks after up 3-0. Winning game 7 was pure luck, it took the team extra minutes in game 7 to finish off a team that had no business being there.

Nashville. Not luck? If it wasn't for kesler going beast mode all of a sudden, the canucks would have lost. He hasn't mimicked that performance since. Also nashville was very inexperienced. First time ever making it out of a first round. They were in completely new territory.

San Jose. Not luck? Bieksa had one of the flukiest goals ever to clinch game 5.

Boston. Well luck ran out and we couldn't win game 7 on home ice.

Luck had a lot to do with the canucks being in SCF last year.

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Actually 4 times in 6 seasons :(

Anaheim 2006-07 second round (game # 5 western conference semi-final )

Chicago 2009-10 second round ( game # 6 western conference semi-final )

Buck foston 2010-11 ( game # 7 Stanley cup final )

L.A 2011-12 first round ( game # 5 western conference quarter final )

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Big difference:

L.A. has a cup, the Canucks still don't.

Also Sammy Pahlsson's and Aaron Rome's Stanley Cup ring says hi!

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