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Media roundup: National opinion starts to turn against Canucks

06.10.11 at 12:10 pm ET
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With the Stanley Cup finals down to a best-of-three series, two countries’€™ worth of media can’€™t help but comment on the series.

The Toronto Star’€™s Dan Robson hasn’€™t enjoyed the pettiness and immaturity by both the Canucks and the Bruins, calling them ‘€œfifth-grade versions of themselves.’€

Wrote Robson: ‘€œThe Bruins and Canucks have gone classless-tit for gutless-tat all series long.’€

ESPN.com’€™s Pierre LeBrun, meanwhile, has focused on the games themselves, seeing Vancouver’€™s road losses to the Bruins by a combined score of 12-1 reflect numerous issues with the Canucks, ranging from poor goalie play to a lack of team confidence.

‘€œThey head home with their confidence shaken, their goalie perhaps rattled and their passionate fan base unquestionably believing 40 years of misery will continue with one more giant heartbreak headed their way,’€ LeBrun wrote Thursday.

Gord McIntyre, a writer for Vancouver-based newspaper the Province, wrote Friday that the media and much of the NHL wants to see the Canucks lose, that they have become the villains of the NHL. His article cited such examples as Versus commentator Mike Milbury calling Daniel and Henrik Sedin ‘€œThelma and Louise,’€ a Chicago reporter seeing a picture of Cher and saying ‘€œLuongo,’€ and Blackhawks center Dave Bolland saying the team played ‘€œsort of like a little girl.’€

Helene Elliot of the Chicago Tribune wrote Thursday that the Bruins’€™ success is based on Tim Thomas‘€™ success, and Thomas’€™ success is based on his ‘€œfeistiness.’€ Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com wrote a similar article Thursday, but added that the Canucks don’€™t respect Thomas’€™ aggression and talent. MacMullan quoted Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa as calling Thomas ‘€œleaky,’€ and wrote that, according to the Canucks, simply shooting more will expose Thomas’€™ weaknesses.

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Sun’€™s Iain Macintyre says that the greatest threat to Vancouver before Game 5 is ‘€œhopelessness.’€

‘€œThe same impending sense of doom has dragged against the franchise like a curse for most of the Canucks’ four decades in the NHL,’€ Macintyre wrote Friday in an article published by The Montreal Gazette.

Canucks fans haven’€™t been afraid to publicize their loyalty, posting videos on Youtube and traveling all the way to Boston to watch their team on the road.

Bruins fans have been no less afraid to show their fandom on enemy soil or go off on public anti-Canucks rants.

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