Report Card for Vancouver Canucks' 1st-Round Playoff Defeat

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Report Card for Vancouver Canucks' 1st-Round Playoff Defeat
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Well, the Vancouver Canucks' season is over and now it's time to reflect on their playoff performance. There's no sugar coating this one, as the Canucks' report card reads a big F. The team failed on all cylinders this time around, and a result, there may be big changes coming in the offseason. 

Goaltending - D

The Canucks' goaltending was up and down during the playoffs—up when Roberto Luongo was in net, down when Cory Schneider took over. As much as I think it's time for a new face behind the bench, it's hard to blame Alain Vigneault for making the switch. Sure, Luongo was playing well, but the Canucks were losing. They tend to play better in front of Schneider – and that trend continued in the postseason 

 

Defense - F

Don't get me wrong, this is not to excuse Schneider's atrocious play—but the Canucks' defense was not good enough for the playoffs, let alone a team as offensively explosive as the San Jose Sharks. Schneider should have made saves, but the Sharks were getting far too many good looks at the net. 

 

Offense - F

Eight goals in four games doesn't win a series. Especially when you allow 15. When more than half your team puts up a goose egg in the points column, something is wrong. 

 

Even Strength - F

This one was close to being a D, but scoring three even strength goals per four allowed isn't good enough. But the main problem here wasn't their 5-on-5 play, but how rarely they actually had the opportunity to play 5-on-5. 

 

Power Play - B

At 20 percent, the Canucks' power play had room to grow but certainly wasn't bad. That isn't a very significant stat when you're playing against a disciplined team, however. 

 

Penalty Kill - F

The Canucks finished their short playoff run with a penalty-kill percentage of 70.8. To put that into perspective, that's 3.4 percent lower than the worst in that category during the regular season. 

 

Discipline - F 

What's worse than having a bad penalty? Spoon-feeding penalties to a team with a strong power play. The Canucks' lack of discipline was among the worst I've seen in a long time. 

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