LOCKER CLEAN OUT DAY
Clean-shaven is the worst way to see the Vancouver Canucks this time of the year.
That was the case Wednesday afternoon when the players addressed the media for the first time since losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Semifinal.
The playoff beards may be gone, but the agony that comes with bowing out of the playoffs earlier than expected will continue to agitate the Canucks for weeks to come.
For many, including Roberto Luongo
, the fact that Vancouver is no longer in contention for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup, has yet to sink in.
“It definitely feels like we should be playing tomorrow and it’s hard to accept the fact that you’re not,” said Luongo, who is sure to have the toughest time letting go of Vancouver’s disappointing 7-5 loss in Game 6.
“I was disappointed in the way I played, I thought I could have done a better job, but at the same time that’s not the only reason we lost the series. As a team we didn’t play well enough and we got outshot almost every game and unfortunately the Hawks played better than we did.”
Surprisingly there weren’t a lot of ifs, ands or buts being throwing around the dressing room on locker clean out day with the Canucks acknowledging that they didn’t get as many bounces as the Blackhawks, but that they lost because their effort level wasn’t where it needed to be. MoreFINAL WORDS
Watch Alain Vigneault and Mike Gillis' last press conferences of the year as they speak to media and reflect on the 2008-09 season and look forward to the 2009-10 season at 3:30pm PST Thursday, May 14 only on Canucks.com