The run to the Stanley Cup Finals from two years ago must seem like a distant, dead memory for members of the Canucks right now. This is the first time Vancouver has ever been swept and the second straight year that they've been overpowered by a lower seed in the quarterfinals.
This is a team that has had Stanley Cup aspirations for several years now. The Sedin Twins have been in town since 2000, and the squad has only improved since then—at least on paper.
The Canucks now have a long flight back to Vancouver to think about where to go from here. This was a case of yet another great regular season, only to be vanquished by a stronger and faster foe in the first round.
Someone has to take the blame, and there's plenty to go around in Vancouver.