Doesn't matter how tough our team was....players and coaching staff said from mid seaon on including the playoffs that they were NOT going to get involved in the after whistle plays. and they stuck to that. It just shows how well respected coach V is because the team never deviated from that plan from the word go.
Oh ya bringing up past teams is useless as it was a completely different game. Having guys like you mentioned in your post in the present game would be useless.
Honestly what do you think would have happened to Gino in todays game if he beat up an entire teams 1st or second line like he did to the St.Louis Blues? Todays game just doesn't allow it.
What do you mean it doesn't matter how tough we are? Of course it does! And I wasn't just talking about after the whistle stuff because they had liberties taken with them between the whistles too. Look, I appreciate that you aparently like having a team that doesn't like to stick up for itself or each other, and would rather just yap and trash talk and then hope that the refs will step in to help them, but I don't. And from what happened to Sedin by Marchand, I'm not the only one who was upset that nobody stepped in for him or he didn't try to protect himself(although it isn't his job on this team). And don't act like the Canucks were quire boys by not getting into in any of the after the whistle stuff and it was because of the great respect they had for the coach. Guys like Burrows, Kesler and Yapierre, trash talked, yapped, stuck their gloves in guys mouths, poked, prodded and speared guys and then hoped the officials would save them. Most of this was done after the whistle, so don't hand me this BS about the Canucks not getting into any after the whistle stuff. They might not have been willing or able to fight and back up what they were saying but it didn't prevent them from instigating much of it with their mouths, gloves and their sticks. Sorry, but sometimes you reap what you sow. And I prefer to have a team that backs up their talk or doesn't talk much at all but will stand up for themselves and their teamates when called upon.
And are you really trying to tell me that Gino wouldn't have been more useful having around and playing than Oreskovich? Give your head a shake. Oreskovich was one of the most useless players to ever lace up the skates with the Canucks. Different game or not, Gino was a better player than Oreskovich ever could be, and having a guy like that on your team just makes everyone that much braver and guys on the other team are going to think twice about cheap shotting your best players knowing that a guy like that is around because you KNOW that he'll go after theirs as payback. And there was a reason why Markus Naslund was so happy when the Canucks got Wade Brookbank and Brookbank was a terrible player, but Naslund knew what Brookbank could provide and he was the biggest endorser of that acquisition. There's a reason why these types of guys are the most popular guys on the team and with the fans, it's because their team players and they're always good to have around.