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#31 Scott Hartnell's Mane

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

94 for me too. I can't remember crying as hard in my life as I did after Game 7 of that Finals...it just broke my heart....I still see LaFayette's post shot in my nightmares.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:28 AM

1994 was magic

2011 was tragic


Exactly this...

Only caveat being the riots that proceeded both cup runs were tragic.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

For me I think 94 because 2011 I felt they were over hyped a bit and started reading their own newspaper clippings. I thought they got over confident where the 94 group were more humble and less self entitled.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:38 AM

Still bitter about 2011. I was 5 and devastated in 94, but I got over it. Had we won in 94, it would have been an upset and magic. We were supposed to win in 2011. The team just about crapped the bed in Round 1, and did in Round 4. We let Tim Thomas get into our heads (He had a ~2.5 GAA up to the finals, then a 1.14 GAA in the finals). I don't remember there being bitterness around the Rangers series, but I still hate Boston.


I was about 13 yrs old during the 94 run. I didn't like the Rangers but also didn't care much about them. Didn't like them just buying all the old oilers, but again, didn't care much. I have a passionate hatred for the Rangers now and even if I think they will win and i bet money on them, I still cheer fo rthem to lose and miss the payoffs. I now feel that way about the Bruins. I felt ripped off after both finals, but against the Rangers, I felt we actually lost to a better team.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:45 AM

2011 was very disappointing.. just a total bummer. Vancouver was ready to party and celebrate what appeared to finally be the Stanley Cup, only to let it wash away in a Game 7 that wasn't really close at all. After they went up 2-0 in the series, I honestly believed they had it.

The Rome hit on Horton changed the course of the series entirely.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:50 AM

1994 was magic

2011 was tragic


Definitely this.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:14 AM

2011 was worse because the stage was perfect (just like me) we had the olympics, we had the president trophy and luo was nominated for the vezina trophy yet we got shuted out even though we started 2-0 it just sucked

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:07 PM

94 was hands down the best run.As a long time fan that has experienced all 3 cup runs that team had everything.The hockey thats played these days does not compare.Most games now are like watching paint dry
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:12 PM

2011 was very disappointing.. just a total bummer. Vancouver was ready to party and celebrate what appeared to finally be the Stanley Cup, only to let it wash away in a Game 7 that wasn't really close at all. After they went up 2-0 in the series, I honestly believed they had it.

The Rome hit on Horton changed the course of the series entirely.


Pretty much. After Burrows' OT goal, all we needed was 1 of the next two in Boston, and we were there. Boston hadn't looked good offensively. The Rome hit was the the finals like Raffi's was to Round 1. I think if we'd lost Game 3 5-2, we wouldn't have been in such a state of shock.

We were and are better than Boston, and that's what stings. In 82 it was Bossy and the Islanders who were unstoppable. In 94 it was the Rangers and Messier and just an all round better team than us. But in 2011 it was Tim Thomas and Brad *!%$#*! Marchand. Average Joes who bullied us off the rink.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:16 PM

Also, should add: 2013 will be the best Cup run. 16-0 postseason.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:50 PM

I think I echo most of the people here when I say that it's always better to see the underdog win. That's what made 94 so magical. 2011 had the perfect storm of things that stopped our beloved Nucks from winning.

-Manny's eye
-Samuelsson getting injured
-Hamhuis getting injured
-Rome hit on Horton
-refs swallowing their whistles because of all the diving

I make the argument that if any one of these doesn't happen, we would have a cup banner hanging from Rogers Arena!

Manny's steadfast and hard play would have been so useful vs Boston. He just wasn't the same when he got the eye injury.

Samuelsson was that veteran cup winning presence that was supposed to calm the room down. I think if he was there in the finals, the team probably would have stopped diving.

Losing your #1 solid defenseman on the back end is very hard for any team to keep going with. Nevermind make it to game 7!

We all know what happened with the Rome hit.

If the team just shut up and played the game hard, they may have made it out with a cup. I bet there would have been more calls to go our way as well!


The perfect storm. It was as if we were destined to not win the cup in 2011. When certain intangibles go away, it's too hard to come back from!

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:50 PM

'82: How far was Brodeur going to take us? He kept on going right to the finals. What a player the Steamer was. Ya, the Canucks were the better team in the first 2 games on the Island.
'94: It was the heart breaker. Van should have won it all as the refs put their whistles away. It will be the best team Van ever iced IMHO until the current version wins a CUP. It had the two best Canucks ever in Linden and Bure. Linden for heart and Bure for incredible talent. Van was robbed as the NHL was having w*t dreams thinking about the NYR winning a CUP. It sucked!
'11: Van had the CUP won but could not answer the bell when it counted. They had no response to the Bruins physicality. Well, actually they did Aaron Rome. But they put a stop to that in a hurry didn't they?
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:54 PM

Pretty much.

If I could go back and have us eliminated in the first round of 2011, I would do it and spare this city the rest.


I understand there was the riot and everything after we lost in Game 7.. but really? The atmosphere up to and until that point was amazing, and IMO unforgettable. Watching the games on the big screens outside was surreal. And I certainly would not have wanted to lose to Chicago in the first round.. I still believe if that happened, the whole organization would've been blown up.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

I understand there was the riot and everything after we lost in Game 7.. but really? The atmosphere up to and until that point was amazing, and IMO unforgettable. Watching the games on the big screens outside was surreal. And I certainly would not have wanted to lose to Chicago in the first round.. I still believe if that happened, the whole organization would've been blown up.


That Chicago series also helped me with the loss in the 2011 cup finals. Knowing we came that close to one of the biggest collapses in sports history definitely helped cushion it for me.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:06 PM

I actually have been thinking about this a lot and because of some of your answers here and some of the things said in the other thread I think I figured out why 2011 hurt so much more for me then 1994 did. Like I said in the other thread in 1994 after the loss I was sad but also proud of the team. I was proud to be a Canuck fan because the team was the underdogs so there was still so much respect (or so it seemed) from everyone for Vancouver. 2011 was different it HURT so much. It hurt because I had already survived a loss so this time was suppose to be different. This time we were the BEST team in the NHL we were the best team Vancouver had ever had the Cup was supposed to be ours.

The officiating was horrible. Yes Rome's hit was a bit late and yes Horton was hurt on that play but I still do not think Rome deserved to be tossed from the rest of the Finals. I think that moment is what changed the momentum for the Bruins but the fact that Rome had the book thrown at him actually hurt the Canucks. Now I am not AV I don't think Rome was the best thing ever to happen to Vancouver but to have a player make one bad mistake and have him tossed from the rest of the finals it just didn't sit right with me, and I doubt it sat right with the team. Then there was the incident with Raymond. The Bruins broke his back and the Bruin fans just sat their and jeered him, plus their was nothing. No Suspension, Nothing. They broke his back and the refs just pretended it was a 'hockey play'. I like Raymond just fine, I am glad he is playing better right now but I am not a huge Raymond fan, I am not being a homer here, when I watch the replays of that hit I cringe. The Bruin player (sorry can't remember who it was) backed Raymond into the boards then hit him. I do not see how that is a hockey play. Just thinking about it right now really makes my blood boil. Then you had the way the Sedins were treated. It was disgusting and very unsportsman like. The refs ignoring the play, ignoring how our best players were treated even giving us penalties for speaking up against it. Disgusting!

Then the Riot, the Riot that took that hurt and made it 10000% worse. Like I said before In the other thread I grew up in Campbell River so 1994's riot didn't seem as real and didn't affect me like 2011's. I was downtown when the Riot broke out. I wasn't in the area with the screens because that area was full before I got downtown so I guess in a way that was a blessing. I had watched all the rest of the Finals downtown and still have fond memories of watching them on the big screens and just how amazing that experience was. I feel really sad because I know that we will never have something like that set up downtown ever again. I feel angry because people who 'were not real fans' ruined it for the rest of us. Anyways I was downtown when the riot started, so I saw the smoke fill the sky as we drove out of the city but even though I had seen 'fans' with signs saying Riot 2011( even before the game had started) I still didn't really realize what that smoke meant. It wasn't till I was safe at home and I started to get the phone calls from my family and my friends wondering if I was safe because they knew I had watched the game downtown that I knew. Then I turned on the tv and watched my city burn and the hurt became even worse. I still get weepy when I think about it.Then the media reports came in the fact that instead of using the images of the Canucks looking worn out, broken, Crying (that video of Kes still breaks my heart) instead of using that to show how hard we fought and that we came up short the media made us look like babies, they made the Bruins (who I really think cheated in a sense) as these great heroes who had saved the world from the big bad evil Canucks........ Yeah 2011 was way worse!

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:23 PM

The 1994 team had just a few really good players and the rest were so hard working and disciplined. Every player put in 100% and were playing at their optimum. Nobody expected them to go far, but they just kept plugging away. None of the silly stuff that happened in 2011. No diving or antics on the ice and fairly good refs. Just good honest hockey.

Up until the Boston series, I quite enjoyed the 2011 run. The Boston series was just plain awful in so many ways. Still feeling bitter, I guess.

Oh,yeah...and then there was the riot. Something that Nuck fans will never be allowed to forget.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

1994 was magic

2011 was tragic


Yep, could not have said it any better.


They were both emotional but for very different reasons.

In 1994, we were the underdogs, and weren't expected to go far. It was really a Cinderella story, and every win and series victory was just incredible because nobody expected the Canucks to get that far. Different team too. The team was a lot more blue-collar, without as much top-end skill (aside from Bure, obviously). Linden had the heart of a Lion, and watching him crying after we lost was definitely an emotional event. There were a lot of epic moments in that cup run, undoubtedly. And then finally losing 3-2 in game 7 with Lafayette hitting the post was heartbreaking.

2011 is different because the weight of the world was on the Canucks' shoulders. Fans, analysts, all manner of hockey people were expecting the Canucks to win, especially after such a remarkable regular season in which the Canucks were top 3, if not first, in most major statistical categories. And then finally, getting blown out in our own building by Boston was just..... a huge disappointment. It really was Vancouver's year to win it, and through a number of factors, just didn't happen.

I felt different after each loss, and obviously, my age at the time made a difference. When we lost in '94, I was pretty darn sad, but I didn't understand fully the implications of everything since I was only 9. My dad's a bigtime hockey fan so the importance wasn't lost on me (I cried when we lost, lol), but fully understanding how hard it was to get there wasn't something I'd quite grasped yet.

In 2011, after we lost, I wasn't even upset or mad. I was more...... disgusted by the entire affair. The officiating business, and the inability for the team to generate offense, and the general muggery that the Bruins displayed just left me with a really bad taste in my mouth. And then of course after the game I had to sit in my window and watch all the morons trash our beautiful city in the streets below (I live downtown).

Yeah 2011 was just a huge letdown and disappointment. Disappointed in the result, disappointed the team couldn't score, disappointed the fans threw Lu under the bus, disappointed people would trash their own city.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:47 PM

1994, we never expected. It was a team that had a whole bunch of players working their butts off, for every shift of every game. And somehow prevailed, over what seemed like insurmountable odds. Coming back from 3-1 series deficits 3 times, winning many of those series clinchers in overtime. Such exciting stuff. A true battle of the underdogs. Some say we only lost because the Rangers asked for an extra day off for their players in between games 6 and 7, and since we had all the momentum from the comeback we were mounting, that dissipated.

2011 was different, we were a team that deserved to be there, and were systematically beating our opposition. We seemed to get get better as the rounds went on. The expectations were high after finishing 1st overall, but then in the finals we ran into some crazy combination of compounding injuries, overly-biased refereeing (more than usual) a lack of substantial effort by some of our go-to guys, and a truly determined and amazing play of Thomas.

They were both thrilling in their own ways, they are both unforgettable, can't really compare them except that the end goal was the same, and both times we came THIS close to raising the cup!
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:51 PM

Good ol' 94. Better jerseys and more exciting team with the rocket. Never did like the orca logo and still don't. But I would at least be happy if we had a more exciting forward to play with the Sedins. The last run the team as a whole wasn't good enough.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

2011 was more of a let down, in my opinion, though I enjoyed the '94 run more, because it was a bit of a Cinderella, and no one really expected them to win. The Luongo meltdown, and the team meltdown in the last half of the finals was very disappointing
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

The 1994 playoff run was so unexpected, and I remember the whole city was a buzz and when the Canucks would win a playoff game, people came right out of their homes a hootin' and hollern', at the time we lived just off busy 41st Avenue in Vancouver......they'd be waving towels of all shapes and sizes, at passing cars...who responded with honks and flag waving....it was a magical run imo.

2011 was just a let down, very disappointing.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:21 PM

This thread just pisses me off.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

Canucks are (a) the only non-original 6 team to lost game 7 of the SCF twice and (B) the only team in the NHL to lose game 7 of the SCF twice without ever winning the Cup. That sucks.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

94. Was a kid so I still believed in storybook endings. In '11 I was just waiting for the team to frack up.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:57 PM

1994 was magic

2011 was tragic


pretty much this.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

You could be proud of the 94 run. As many others have already mentioned, 2011 was embarrassing.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

They both equally hurt. I have not gotten over 94 yet, especially when you watch it on the classics. It will be a long time before I forget 11.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

1982 and 1994 were pretty fluky runs: we had teams that got hot but weren't "legitimate contenders" like our 2011 team. The 1994 team underachieved during the regular season, a bit like LA last year except they didn't win it all. 2011 was by far the biggest disappointment because the team had really earned the right to be in that position over a couple of years and couldn't get it done in the face of pressure, injuries, and terrible refereeing.



I'll agree the ' 82 run was a fluke. We're were very fortunate that L.A upset the Oilers in the first round. But the 94 team had as much talent as the 2011 team. The only difference is like you said they underachieved. The previous two seasons prior to the 94 season this team finished first in their division, but they couldn't get out of second round of the playoffs. They earn their way to the finals by beating a higher seeded teams . They also took a Rangers team to a 7th game after being down 3-1 is not what I call a fluke run.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:15 PM

1994 was magic

2011 was tragic


I agree with this.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

Pretty much.

If I could go back and have us eliminated in the first round of 2011, I would do it and spare this city the rest.


And lose to Chicago 3 years in the running?

No way. That would be the worst case scenario - worse than losing in the Finals the way we did.
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