2011 Stanley Cup Finals: The Vancouver Canucks Best Players Need to Stand Up
VANCOUVER - It might be a cliche, but it is a cliche because it is true, especially in the playoffs. Your best players need to be your best players if you want to win, especially when the stakes are the highest.
So far in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Vancouver Canucks best players have largely not been their best players, outside of stellar performances by Roberto Luongo in Games 1 and 2.
There are unsubstantiated rumours that Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin, both of whom are currently pointless in the Stanley Cup Finals, are playing through injury.
This is hockey's biggest stage, the Stanley Cup Finals, and legends are made by playing through pain to make big plays.
Kesler and Henrik Sedin have had their chances through the first four games, but they haven't buried them, in large part due to Tim Thomas.
The Canucks top two centres led their team to the Stanley Cup Finals, and now with only a potential three games in five days between Vancouver and its first Stanley Cup in franchise history, they need to finish the job and lead their faithful fans to the promised land.
Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin were heavy favourites for the Conn Smythe going into the Stanley Cup Finals a week ago, and they need to put on a show to remind everyone why that was.
The same could be said of Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows, Kevin Bieksa and Roberto Luongo, all of whom got early Conn Smythe buzz.
Reputations, good or bad, will be made here on hockey's biggest stage.
The Canucks best players need to stand up and play like their best players, or the Bruins will walk away with the Stanley Cup.
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