Those Crazy Canucks

Lord knows I can’t really talk. Montreal hasn’t won the Cup in twenty years. But I’ve started this so I might as well continue.

Those crazy Canucks, who carry on every year with fine teams, sometimes mighty teams, and who, after 42 years, sometimes almost reach the finish line, and often trip halfway there. Even the hockey gods have no idea why.

And now it looks like once again they might screw with their fans’ minds.

I’m beginning to feel sorry for these fans. The ones I know are good people. They love their team. They hope like crazy. But their Canucks show no mercy when it comes to frying these poor people’s hearts and minds.

The Canucks blew their 2-1 lead against the San Jose Sharks last night with less than a minute to go, and then lost in overtime, and now the series stands at two games to zilch for the Sharks. So unless the Canucks can rally in a big way, it’s once again time for Vancouver fans to get drunk or whatever else they do to ease the pain.

I’ve lived on the West Coast for about 17 years now, surrounded by diehard Canuck fans who are a happy and contented group during the regular season. Full of hope and expectations. Then it always manages to fall apart. A million fingers point at Roberto Luongo, but the Canucks have had some excellent teams and lost long before he came on the scene.

It’s quite unbelievable. It seems every year the Canucks ice a solid team, near or at the top of league overall standings. They’re always a nice-sized bunch, much bigger than the Habs for example, with three solid lines, big and skilled bruisers on the blueline, and a handful of stars like the Sedins and Ryan Kesler to dazzle opponents. They seemingly have it all. And then the regular season ends.

This isn’t like the Leafs, who suck every year. The Canucks don’t suck at all. Until the playoffs at least. Then they suck.

Three times this team has made it to the Stanley Cup finals; in ’82 against the Islanders when they were swept in four games, 1994 against the Rangers which they managed to lose in seven games, and again in 2011 when they bowed out to the Bruins in seven games. Other than that, it’s off to the links way too soon.

Of course they could rebound and win four games out of five against the Sharks, then start rolling and eventually meet the Habs in the finals. But there you go again. The Canucks get their fans’ hopes up, then lose. Must be hard.

Playoff Appearances: 22
Overall Playoff Record: 79-98
Stanley Cup Championships: None

2009 -- defeated St. Louis, 4-0, Western Conf. quarterfinals
        lost to Chicago, 4-2, Western Conf. semifinals

2007 -- defeated Dallas, 4-3, Western Conf. quarterfinals
        lost to Anaheim, 4-1, Western Conf. semifinals

2004 -- lost to Calgary, 4-3, Western Conf. quarterfinals

2003 -- defeated St. Louis, 4-3, Western Conf. quarterfinals
        lost to Minnesota, 4-3, Western Conf. semifinals

2002 -- lost to Detroit, 4-2, Western Conf. quarterfinals

2001 -- lost to Colorado, 4-0, Western Conf. quarterfinals

1996 -- lost to Colorado, 4-2, Western Conf. quarterfinals

1995 -- defeated St. Louis, 4-3, Western Conf. quarterfinals
        lost to Chicago, 4-0, Western Conf. semifinals

1994 -- defeated Calgary, 4-3, Western Conf. quarterfinals
        defeated Dallas, 4-1, Western Conf. semifinals
        defeated Toronto, 4-1, Western Conf. finals
        lost to NY Rangers, 4-3, Stanley Cup Finals

1993 -- defeated Winnipeg, 4-2, Smythe Division semifinals
        lost to Los Angeles, 4-2, Smythe Division finals

1992 -- defeated Winnipeg, 4-3, Smythe Division semifinals
        lost to Edmonton, 4-2, Smythe Division finals

1991 -- lost to Los Angeles, 4-2, Smythe Division semifinals

1989 -- lost to Calgary, 4-3, Smythe Division semifinals

1986 -- lost to Edmonton, 3-0, Smythe Division semifinals

1984 -- lost to Calgary, 3-1, Smythe Division semifinals

1983 -- lost to Calgary, 3-1, Smythe Division semifinals

1982 -- defeated Calgary, 3-0, Smythe Division semifinals
        defeated Los Angeles, 4-1, Smythe Division finals
        defeated Chicago, 4-1, Campbell Conf. finals
        lost to NY Islanders, 4-0, Stanley Cup Finals

1981 -- lost to Buffalo, 3-0, preliminary round

1980 -- lost to Buffalo, 3-1, preliminary round

1979 -- lost to Philadelphia, 2-1, preliminary round

1976 -- lost to NY Islanders, 2-0, preliminary round

1975 -- lost to Montreal, 4-1, quarterfinals

4 thoughts on “Those Crazy Canucks”

  1. The comment about the Canucks has always been the same–they are “soft”. Their performance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals was a case in point. They lost IN seven games, but really should have lost ALL seven games, and the Bruins set a record for the biggest ever goal differential in a seven games series (23-8, if memory serves me correctly). That they appear to be meekly bowing out in the first round of the playoffs against the Sharks is really not much of a surprise.

  2. Montreal had a few good years during that time frame but since the 1980′s hasn’t been all that stellar either.

    2009 — lost to Boston, 4-0, Eastern Conf. quarterfinals

    2008 — defeated Boston, 4-3, Eastern Conf. quarterfinals
    lost to Philadelphia, 4-1, Eastern Conf. semifinals

    2006 — lost to Carolina, 4-2, Eastern Conf. quarterfinals

    2004 — defeated Boston, 4-3, Eastern Conf. quarterfinals
    lost to Tampa Bay, 4-0, Eastern Conf. semifinals

    2002 — defeated Boston, 4-2, Eastern Conf. quarterfinals
    lost to Carolina, 4-2, Eastern Conf. semifinals

    1998 — defeated Pittsburgh, 4-2, Eastern Conf. quarterfinals
    lost to Buffalo, 4-0, Eastern Conf. semifinals

    1997 — lost to New Jersey, 4-1, Eastern Conf. quarterfinals

    1996 — lost to N.Y. Rangers, 4-2, Eastern Conf. quarterfinals

    1994 — lost to Boston, 4-3, Eastern Conf. quarterfinals

    1993 — defeated Quebec, 4-2, Adams Division semifinals
    defeated Buffalo, 4-0, Adams Division finals
    defeated N.Y. Islanders, 4-1, Wales Conference finals
    defeated Los Angeles, 4-1, Stanley Cup Finals

    1992 — defeated Hartford, 4-3, Adams Division semifinals
    lost to Boston, 4-0, Adams Division finals

    1991 — defeated Buffalo, 4-2, Adams Division semifinals
    lost to Boston, 4-3, Adams Division finals

    1990 — defeated Buffalo, 4-2, Adams Division semifinals
    lost to Boston, 4-1, Adams Division finals

    1989 — defeated Hartford, 4-0, Adams Division semifinals
    defeated Boston, 4-1, Adams Division finals
    defeated Philadelphia, 4-2, Wales Conference finals
    lost to Calgary, 4-2, Stanley Cup Finals

    1988 — defeated Hartford, 4-2, Adams Division semifinals
    lost to Boston, 4-1, Adams Division finals

    1987 — defeated Boston, 4-0, Adams Division semifinals
    defeated Quebec, 4-3, Adams Division finals
    lost to Philadelphia, 4-2, Wales Conference finals

    1986 — defeated Boston, 3-0, Adams Division semifinals
    defeated Hartford, 4-3, Adams Division finals
    defeated N.Y. Rangers, 4-1, Wales Conference finals
    defeated Calgary, 4-1, Stanley Cup Finals

    1985 — defeated Boston, 3-2, Adams Division semifinals
    lost to Quebec, 4-3, Adams Division finals

    1984 — defeated Boston, 3-0, Adams Division semifinals
    defeated Quebec, 4-2, Adams Division finals
    lost to N.Y. Islanders, 4-2, Wales Conference semifinals

    1983 — lost to Buffalo, 3-0, Adams Division semifinals

    1982 — lost to Quebec, 3-2, Adams Division semifinals

    1981 — lost to Edmonton, 3-0, preliminary round

    1980 — lost to Minnesota, 4-3, quarterfinals

    1979 — defeated Toronto, 4-0, quarterfinals
    defeated defeated Boston, 4-3, semifinals
    defeated N.Y. Rangers, 4-1, Stanley Cup Finals

    1978 — defeated Detroit, 4-1, quarterfinals
    defeated Toronto, 4-0, semifinals
    defeated Boston, 4-2, Stanley Cup Finals

    1977 — defeated St. Louis, 4-0, quarterfinals
    defeated N.Y. Islanders, 4-2, semifinals
    defeated Boston, 4-0, Stanley Cup Finals

    1976 — defeated Chicago, 4-0, quartefinals
    defeated N.Y. Islanders, 4-1, semifinals
    defeated Philadelphia, 4-0, Stanley Cup Finals

    1975 — defeated Vancouver, 4-1, quarterfinals
    lost to Buffalo, 4-2, semifinals

  3. Beatnik, all I’m saying is that the Caunucks over the past several years have had dynamite teams but somehow can’t make it to the finish line.

  4. I agree. What I was saying is both teams are trying hard to put the cup on the mantle but it’s not quite there yet. I think Anaheim will prevail over Vancouver this year though.

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