Now, the soul-searching starts for that Vancouver Canucks.
A season that started with considerable hype and hope ended Sunday in disappointment and dismay. The Canucks lost 2-one in overtime towards the La Nobleman within the fifth bet on their Western Conference quarter-final series.
The underdog Nobleman only qualified for that 2010 nfl playoffs within the final times of the standard season. However they beat a preferred Canucks squad that finished atop the NHL's overall standings for that second straight season with a decisive 4-1 count within the best-of-seven series.
"We are all very disappointed with how things switched out at this time, and (we are) just going to step away and figure things out," stated coach Alain Vigneault.
The first elimination would be a sharp contrast as to the Vigneault and GM Mike Gillis expected in the start of year. The Canucks were coming off a seventh-game loss towards the Boston Bruins within the Stanley Cup final, and management felt minor off-season moves and also the early-season addition of David Booth via trade from Florida may help them generate the additional win they have to sip champagne in the Cup.
But questions regarding the team's ability to return to the ultimate dogged the Canucks for much of year plus they could not provide an sufficient response at most critical time.
The club transformed a sluggish begin to the growing season as No. 1 goaltender Roberto Luongo experienced his usual October funk, center Ryan Kesler skipped the very first five games while recuperating from off-season stylish surgery yet others battled because of a Stanley Cup hangover that resulted in the lengthy 2010-11 playoff run and reduced summer time training time.
Luongo obtained his form because the club won 17 of their next 25 games before Christmas. When Luongo went lower by having an injuries between late November and early December, backup Cory Schneider performed the very first prolonged stretch of his NHL career and won six from the seven games he made an appearance in.
But there have been some early signs and symptoms of trouble. Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who had taken the NHL scoring title the prior two seasons, correspondingly, battled to place up points with similar consistency because they came close attention from competitors.
In The month of january, the Sedins' difficulties were overshadowed with a ongoing run of success. The Canucks went into Boston at the start of the month and beat the Bruins 4-3 with Schneider in goal.
Vancouver obtained on four of 11 energy-play possibilities, and gamers, coaches, management and fans wished the conquer Boston would be a sign the Canucks had the things they needed to return to the Stanley Cup final.
The Canucks ongoing to win, posting impressive choices over the kind of Chicago, Detroit, Nj and upstart St. Louis on the way.