Toronto seemed to get it done. You do have eyes, right?
Maybe I should have used Lupul. Kessel and Lupul were always buzzing around Chara and the net... at least they were in the Bruins end. Either way, the Sedins shrunk from the Bruins, especially Chara. The whole world saw and still talks of it.
To be debating this, in any way, is so CDC.
Do the Sedins want the cup bad enough? No. They are unwilling to do all the little things, battle-wise, that win you tough games in the playoffs. There is no contesting this, none. Fanboys unite if you want, this is the truth.
Our core is soft-core, yet, wears a C. I think it is no small coincidence that the Canucks have a reputation as soft, though Gillis has recently signed some muscle, too bad it is not muscle that can play on the top 6 or log big minutes on D.
Jim, Toronto was permitted to fight back. The Sedins got ordered out of scrums or sent to the box when they did try to battle it out....you can't deny that their game has changed to that of more of an edge. They're not fighters - big deal? Doesn't mean they didn't assert themselves for the puck and battle hard on the boards - they certainly did.
The Bruins-Leafs series had nearly half a dozen entire periods with no calls being made...they were allowed to play in a "put the whistles away" deal. Games 6-7 had 4 periods with no penalties being called! These are intense games we're talking about here, yet the Leafs could dish it out as well as take it. Our deal was take it or you're going to the box and the message was clear: "nope, none of that stuff". It's playoff hockey for crying out loud.
In a 7 game series between the Leafs/Bruins: 60 penalites
Between the Canucks/Bruins: 97
So there obviously was more of an allowance to let the teams settle it out on the ice in the Leafs-Bruins series.
We're talking well timed penalties, where we'd generate some momentum and get called for something marginal at best. The entire flow of a game is disrupted and that plays into the Bruins favour. Our team plays best when they can get rolling/flying, NOT in scrums and with stoppages in play - but that's how it went down.
I believe that not only did it pull the guys off their game in frustration, but it handcuffed them in a "how do we respond" way? Sure, by scoring - but Thomas was also lights out and they had an air of cockiness about them in a "we've got this" way. They still do.
They are a great team- I won't deny that. They're a great, dirty team that gets away with things that they shouldn't at times. That gets the calls at opportune times that can become turning points when momentum is being generated and is quickly halted/shifts in their favour.
It's becoming more and more evident and it's not just the Canucks that have dealt with it - the Pens didn't fare too well either against the league's bad boys.
Toronto got it done? Last time I checked, they lost to the Big Bad Bruins too, as did the Pens. I guess their players are all soft too Jim? Get off the Sedins' case...any team in the league would snap them up if they became available...there's a reason for that. Yeah, they're not goons, so is that all there is to it? Bruins have a Father overseeing the league and a 9'5" tree that helps block the net. So yeah, teams have to be creative to try to work around that. Sedins have ensured we've been in the mix with the likes of the Bruins, Blackhawks and Kings....all teams that went on to win the cup. They're not that soft, or we wouldn't even be sniffing 'round the finals as we do.