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It's definitely an imperfect contract situation. But if you spend any time in business, you'll learn that there are no perfect situations. You spend more money on some things than you should (Ballard) and get more bang for your buck in other areas (drafting Corrado comes to mind). People who think that means management is bad are holding MG to a standard that has never been met by any GM. But the end result does have an effect on the ice. It's just unavoidable.

As far as reffing, both anecdotal and statistical evidence points to this being the central driver in game outcomes in this series.

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It will be very interesting to see how both teams react to the shift in directive from the refs tonight. There's no credibility to the Sharks sweeping the Canucks so the NHL will want the Canucks to win (at least for this game). Does that mean the Canucks win? Not necessarily, but it means they'll have a much better time of competing and the Sharks are in for a bit of a shock when they find themselves marching to the box.

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As much as everyone, specially Canuck haters, like to say "excuses are excuses" and "Canucks are playing crappy"... it doesn't take away that the refs are having a major impact on this series.

Hockey, specially the parity-era NHL, is fairly close, and any team (even the lowly Panthers vs the almighty Pens) have a chance of winning on any given night. So yes, poor, one-sided officiating ABSOLUTELY makes a difference.

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It will be very interesting to see how both teams react to the shift in directive from the refs tonight. There's no credibility to the Sharks sweeping the Canucks so the NHL will want the Canucks to win (at least for this game). Does that mean the Canucks win? Not necessarily, but it means they'll have a much better time of competing and the Sharks are in for a bit of a shock when they find themselves marching to the box.

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Took maybe 10 secs to read through your synopsis, another 20 secs to look at the stats and realize what I could'a guessed - 3 games is simply an insufficient sample size. Period. (and that's if one actually subscribes to the notion that Corsi stats are relative to gauging a player's performance ;) ).

Personally I think it's more notable that the Canucks "leading scorer" has a whole 2 points and yet is a -2 (see: Kesler, who for all his heroics just ain't the two-way forward he used to be), while the should-be leading scorers haven't managed so much as a point between them on the power-play, so are a combined -3 on a combined 4 pts. It's equally noticeable that only 1 regular center has a positive faceoff % (guess Buffalo didn't give up much to replace Hodgson with Roy, lol).

There's a lot of reasons the Canucks are flopping quickly, Corsi ratings just ain't gonna tell the actual story.

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If anybody remembers 94, that team played like they were going to war. They gave it there all and it was quite evident looking at Linden's face when they lost in game 7. Again the ref's were brutal but that team fought through it. Bure was not tough but he stuck up for himself. If you look at this team, they seem to give up or let up at times and do not always finish there checks or take those extra strides or fight for the puck in the corners a little longer. In the playoffs, its usually who wants it more and who is willing to sacrifice. Look at Kesler in game 2, look what happens when you decide to fight like you are going to war. I see NO difference in the Sedin's or Edler's play in the playoffs any different than the regular season. There is something seriously wrong with that. Av does not seem to realize that these are the players(want to go to war) he needs to rely on in the playoffs and not use the same tactics as the regular season(Sedin's on the PP).Remember great captains of the past who won Stanley cups:Yzerman,Lemieux,Sakic,Crosby and look at our captain. Kesler seems to fit that bill and would be a great captain.

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Agree with you man. Most of the 1st periods we come out with hard hits and good zone time, but one penalty that wouldn't be realistically called deflates our momentum. Absolutely unbelievable..

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Have a look for yourselves.

Canucks corsi numbers 5 on 5:

http://www.behindthe... 34 45 46 63 67

17 of 19 Canucks have positive 5 on 5 corsi, most of their numbers are actually very impressive.

On the other hand, only 3 Sharks have a positive 5 on 5 corsi...

http://www.behindthe... 34 45 46 63 67

Most of their numbers unimpressive to say the least.

As we all already knew, the Sharks are winning the series on the back of their powerplay...

To spell this out, what we are watching is a case of exceedingly influenced outcomes.

Call it an "excuse" if you'd like to deny the reality and the facts.

8 powerplays to 2 for example, the disparity highly suspect.

Even the calls that don't result in pp goals for the Sharks still have the effect of shortening the five on five game, where the Canucks have a decided edge - reducing the minutes of the Canucks top line, as well as taxing the Canucks penalty killers in the top six (most notably Kesler and Burrows, as well as Hansen and Higgins).

In other words (if you've seen M AK A V E L I 96's video).... it's a series lead on the backs of....Donuts (as opposed to the over-stated inability to score).

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I wonder what it would take for some people to entertain the notion there may actually be corruption in the world. If the Canucks received 10 penalties vs 0 for the opposition for 10 games in a row would that be enough to stop and think? Or would we chalk that up to a "lack of effort" or a "lack of discipline"? The writing has been on the wall for at least 3 years now and still people refuse to see it. Staunch defenders of the status quo in spite of all evidence to the contrary. Open your eyes, sheeple.

The corporation known as the NHL makes more money if San Jose wins the series. It's that simple.

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If anybody remembers 94, that team played like they were going to war. They gave it there all and it was quite evident looking at Linden's face when they lost in game 7. Again the ref's were brutal but that team fought through it. Bure was not tough but he stuck up for himself. If you look at this team, they seem to give up or let up at times and do not always finish there checks or take those extra strides or fight for the puck in the corners a little longer. In the playoffs, its usually who wants it more and who is willing to sacrifice. Look at Kesler in game 2, look what happens when you decide to fight like you are going to war. I see NO difference in the Sedin's or Edler's play in the playoffs any different than the regular season. There is something seriously wrong with that. Av does not seem to realize that these are the players(want to go to war) he needs to rely on in the playoffs and not use the same tactics as the regular season(Sedin's on the PP).Remember great captains of the past who won Stanley cups:Yzerman,Lemieux,Sakic,Crosby and look at our captain. Kesler seems to fit that bill and would be a great captain.

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Strangest case of being "dominated" I've ever seen.

http://www.behindthe...5 46 63 67#sort

The only other series with numbers that resemble these is the Chicago/Minnesota series...

The likeness of Vancouver to Chicago's numbers....Bizarre.

Powerplays may give the impression that San Jose played the better series, but the underlying reality wasn't as the highlight reels appeared.

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Strangest case of being "dominated" I've ever seen.

http://www.behindthe...5 46 63 67#sort

The only other series with numbers that resemble these is the Chicago/Minnesota series...

The likeness of Vancouver to Chicago's numbers....Bizarre.

Powerplays may give the impression that San Jose played the better series, but the underlying reality wasn't as the highlight reels appeared.

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