People don't understand that NHL hockey is a battle, not a cake walk. They expect flawless execution, end to end rushes and danglers that produce spectacular highlight film. But, really, it's a grind it out deal at times. It's a dig to the bottom of the tank affair at times especially after, what?, 6 games in 9 days (or something similar) where there have been long flights in between. The guys who pick up controllers can win that way (razzle dazzle all the time) but these are not robots or simulated players...they're human beings. Some days, it's going to be ugly. Tired. Less than perfect but, if they scrape it out, they're ok.
Here's what I care about - I care about winning. And when they win, they've done enough...isn't always pretty. Sometimes they don't deserve it but, if they've managed to somehow do it, it's good enough for me. Wish people here were more realistic with their expectations. We don't need to "look" the best, we need to get the most points. And we're doing ok with that.
I don't expect any of that. I expect them to care enough to actually put in a solid effort every game.
I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO tired of people making these kinds of excuses. In case you didn't notice, ALL teams have had the same issues and in many cases worse issues than the Canucks this season. yet those teams still manage to actually put forth the effort game in and game out for the most part. The Canucks have had a half dozen games if that this season where they actually put in a reasonable effort.
And the really sad part is you think they will suddenly up their compete level come playoff time. No they won't. Everyone said that last year too and they were just as deluded as you into thinking they were playing just fine (see Hank's comments last night) and that they just have to play that same way to win games. If they don't care about winning the right way now they won't care about it in the first round. And in the playoffs winning these types of games by putting in 10 minutes of effort and sitting back hoping they can hold on simply does not happen as often.