The Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 by a 4-0 margin to the Boston Bruins and lost four of the last five games to cede the Stanley Cup to the them, but there’s no reason to pout.
The Canucks did not lose to the Bruins; the Canucks lost to injuries.
According to a report in the Vancouver Province, numerous Canucks were playing through injuries.
Mikael Samuelsson was lost in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Nashville Predators, after he injured his abductor tendon and sports hernia.
Samuelsson had surgery to correct both injuries on May 19.
Christopher Higgins blocked a shot in the third period of Game 5 against the Predators. He had been playing with a presumably broken foot since.
Christian Ehrhoff was injured in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks, when he was hit hard into the boards by Jamie McGinn.
In order to play in the Stanley Cup Finals, Ehrhoff had his shoulder shot up with painkillers in every game.
Both Ehrhoff and Higgins will require offseason surgery to correct their ailments.
Ryan Kesler reportedly played with both a groin tear and hip labrum tear, which were suffered late in Game 5 against the Sharks.
Dan Hamhuis was lost in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, after he tore his groin muscle from throwing a thunderous hip check on Bruins forward Milan Lucic.
Mason Raymond, of course, was lost in Game 6 to a vertebrae compression fracture after he was awkwardly driven into the boards by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
Alex Edler was the other casualty in Game 6, as he broke two fingers in the third period. He played through it in Game 7 and logged 26:20.
Those are the injuries that we know of so far, but based on the words of Canucks forward Jeff Tambellini, there must have been more.
"There were probably shooting six guys up [for Game 7]," he said.
Andrew Alberts was also rumoured to have been injured in Game 6 after leaving the game late in the third period.
Earlier in the series, Sami Salo was slow to get up after falling awkwardly. It’s possible he could have suffered a groin injury.
There have been no reported serious injuries on the side of the Bruins.
You can say I’m making excuses, but I say I’m being real, and there is reason to be proud under these circumstances.
The Canucks finished better than 28 other teams in the league, and nobody else in the league can call themselves the 2011 Western Conference Champions.
Not even the Boston Bruins.