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