Monday, April 16, 2012

Losing vs. Being Beaten

Do you all hear that creak? It's the sound the bandwagon makes as everyone jumps off.

Not me. I'm still a Flames fan first (despite the fact that I have absolutely no idea what the end-game is for management, as they seem perfectly happy to hover around mediocrity or something below), but generally a fan of most of our Canadian teams. I say "most" because I just can't bring myself to cheer for Toronto - though that's a different subject.

That being said, I had a bit of an argument with my brother about how the Vancouver series has gone. See, I feel that for all the criticism that is (inevitably) lobbed at the Canucks - some of it deserved - I don't think people are giving credit one the LA goalie for the role he's playing. Some of the comments I hear are that we're shooting straight at him, we're not making him work, etc etc... but, quite frankly, I think that the fact he doesn't look like he's working is more a credit to the quality goaltender he is. You don't make 46 saves in one game, then follow it up with 41, just because the other team is "shooting at your chest" or is "unlucky" - it happens because you are playing just that well.

And Jonathan Quick is playing that well.

Yes, games 1 and 2 were not our best efforts, and no, our goalies have not been to blame (I'm squarely in the "trade Luongo and keep Schneider" camp). Indeed, the Canucks haven't gotten a bounce, and their powerplay is just rancid. But, particularly in game 3 - I have to say, I don't think it's as simple as seeing the team losing because of these things... I think a significant part of it is that we're being beaten by a very good goalie as well.

Can the Canucks come back? Statistically - no. Does that mean I'm giving up? Nope.

I figure I just have a little more elbow room on the bandwagon.


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