“Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.”
Thomas A. Edison
It’s been awhile since my last loaf* and I had wanted to share a bit about my recent trip to So Cal. But what transpired in the past 5 days in Canuck Land has prompted a response from this frustrated Fong Bao, yet again.
I wanted to believe the Canucks when they said they are a different, mentally stronger, team this season. Sadly, their actions from the past 3 games have indicated otherwise.
They had the dream start in game 2 but instead of going in for the kill, they let up and the hawks seized the opportunity and woke up. Momentum is a funny thing. Once you lose it, it’s hard to get it back. The Canucks lost it then and it’s proved to be the turning point of the series. You need to be relentless if you want to consider yourself a championship caliber team. Guess the Canucks never learned their lesson from last year’s game 4 against those same hawks.
After showing considerable restraint & composure in game 2, these Canucks couldn’t cope with the emotions and the frustrations and lost their discipline. The Burrows penalty, which led to the 3-1 goal, was the defining moment of game 3 which Vancouver never recovered from. More troubling was seeing Daniel Sedin chirping at Dave Bolland and taking needless penalties. I knew then the team was in a heap of trouble.
Then came the debacle of game 4 where the Canucks game plan unraveled completely. It’s as if some of the players have stopped listening to Alain Vigneault’s instructions. To make matters worse, the sub-par penalty kill reared its ugly head once again. When you give up 4 power play goals, you probably deserved to lose the game.
I know the hawks are easy to dislike given their arrogance, Dustin Byfuglien and what happened last season. But what irks me the most is they have players like Toews and Seabrook who willed themselves to raise their game to another level while our captain, and supposedly best player, lost his focus and gently pushed his teammates “under the bus” with his post game comments. Granted most of them probably deserve the criticism.
I think a few people out there would label me as a bandwagon fan. It’s not that I don’t believe but 23 years since I started following this team, I have yet to see any indication that the Canucks have what it takes to be a true championship team. The mentality is not there and they don’t have enough players who have the will and ability to rise to the occasion. Maybe we do need to go through one of those 5 year rebuilding jobs in order to get one or two of those special players who can.
So the wait continues…….
Time to turn my attention to England and the World Cup, which may prove to be another frustrating experience. Stay tune for another venting piece, England style, come June.