The reason why they scored 7 goals wasn't because of the defence or goaltending IMO. The Canucks don't have a captain that is capable of lighting a fire under the teams ars's!! They submit under the slightest bit of pressure. Tell me how that radiates confidence through out the team
There are different types of captains.
Hank leads by example. There is no ego involved and by being the best he can be by training hard and working hard, he sets the bar. He's one of the best in the league, how can you find fault in him?
If being a leading scorer consistently in the league doesn't instill some sense of confidence, then I don't know what will. Hank is a skill player, not a crasher and banger. I just don't know how you find fault there....
^"Counting on the referees to protect you
...." - it's not that as much as counting on them to do their jobs. In the past, it's been problematic as there is no overall consistency. Saw a bit of it (again) last night, when a pretty blatant cross check on Burr face first into the boards never got called. Sure, human error means they'll miss stuff - but the tone was set some time ago that we can't get away with any payback type punishment, so it became a suck it up mentality. That's not due to weakness, it's discipline.