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Media roundup: National opinion starts to turn against Canucks
Posted By Matt Goisman On June 10, 2011 @ 12:10 pm In General | 3 Comments
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 ‘fifth-grade versions of themselves.’
Wrote Robson: ‘The 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.
‘They 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  ‘Thelma and Louise,’ a Chicago reporter seeing a picture of Cher and saying ‘Luongo,’ and Blackhawks center Dave Bolland saying the team played ‘sort 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 ‘feistiness.’  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 ‘leaky,’ 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 ‘hopelessness.’
‘The 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 .
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URLs in this post:
 Stanley Cup: http://media.weei.com/hockey/stanley-cup.htm
 hasn’t enjoyed the pettiness and immaturity: http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/nhl/article/1006117--hockey-players-behaving-badly-emotions-run-high-maturity-runs-low?bn=1
 reflect numerous issues with the Canucks: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/2011/columns/story?columnist=lebrun_pierre&id=6643100
 NHL: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nhl.htm
 they have become the villains of the NHL: http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Very+very+good+team+unloved/4924060/story.html
 Henrik Sedin: http://media.weei.com/hockey/henrik-sedin.htm
 Tim Thomas: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tim-thomas.htm
 Thomas’ success is based on his ‘feistiness.’: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/la-sp-0610-elliott-tim-thomas-20110610,0,4869164.column
 wrote a similar article Thursday: http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nhl/columns/story?columnist=macmullan_jackie&id=6643280
 NHL: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nhl-hockey.htm
 article published by The Montreal Gazette: http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Curse+doom+hangs+over+Canucks/4922842/story.html
 posting videos on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5HsnnV7YFs
 traveling all the way to Boston: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vHfJv0r7ck
 show their fandom on enemy soil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5P5TYyX5aw&feature=related
 go off on public anti-Canucks rants.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0myRl36piV4
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