Michael Arace commentary: NHL treated its fans to memorable final act | BlueJacketsXtra

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The Stanley Cup, the toughest trophy to win in sports, was secured by the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
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Educated One

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Jun 17, 2011
 
There's the Arace I know. I totally agree with theis article. Being a Canucks fan since Linden was drafted, I was disappointed that they lost. Boston made Vancouver play a physical game and it affected the Sedins the most. They could not set-up their cycle and have someone come off the half-board to put home a one-timer. Luongo is taking the brunt of the blame nationally, but with his d-corp banged up, he was vulnerable. Bieksa was great - all those folks that said not to get him at the trade deadline for the CBJ, what do you think now? If I was the Canuck GM, I would resign Erhoff and Bieksa, let Ballard and Salo go and find another winger for the thrid/fourth line. They may have to move Schneider to do it (hate to say that - but would love to see him play for the CBJ, much better than Sieve Mason). Scott Birdbrainside from ESPN states that Vancouver is stuck with Luongo now, what with his long and overpaid contract. This guy is an expert? I was 13-2 in my NHL Playoff series winner predictions. He was less than 50%- what a moron. Luongo is still one of the best goalies on the PLANET. Vancouver will be back - they have the depth to maintain a high level for years - they just need to stay healthy and get a bit tougher (for playoff hockey - teams need to be hybrid).
Eric

Hilliard, OH

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Jun 17, 2011
 
I like the last comment. But if there's no happy hour at Rogers, I doubt any will make it out. That would be too much commitment to the game and probably take out of party time.
Flash

Waverly, OH

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Jun 18, 2011
 
You can't overstate the 'grit' Boston plays with. Bieksa was outstanding up to the finals but early on in game 1 Lucic dressed him down in a scrum and set the tone. Up until then I would have put those 2 on equal footing - Bieksa goes 6-1 198 and Lucic is 6-3 228. So much for the meek, er skilled East.

I saw Kessler intimidate the same way in Columubs back in March but I don't believe a healthy RK17 tips the scales for Vancouver.

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