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Out with a whimper: Ducks eliminate Canucks from playoffs

Apr 8, 2014, 12:37 AM EDT

John Tortorella AP

The future of the Vancouver Canucks is very much in question at this moment. Those clinging to their jobs better hope that far-reaching decisions aren’t made based on the present … especially Monday in particular.

The Canucks faced the Anaheim Ducks in a game in which Vancouver’s slim playoff hopes were on the line and laid an egg, ultimately losing 3-0. With that, the Canucks have been eliminated from the playoffs, missing out on the postseason for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.

It wasn’t just about John Gibson’s impressive NHL debut and first career shutout for the Ducks, either. The Canucks’ efforts seemed pretty poor; there are probably quite a few ways to illustrate that, but consider the fact that they only managed three shots in the second period and 18 overall. (Again, with their season on the line.)

Gibson, 20, made quite the first impression.

The criticisms are already trickling in regarding John Tortorella, Mike Gillis and the rest of the Canucks’ brain trust.

(Don’t be surprised if this post’s main image fuels a meme or two.)

It seems likely that there will be some offseason fireworks following this lost season for the Canucks. If there are some post-game press conference fireworks to boot, PHT will pass them along.

  1. canucks30 - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Francesco Aquilini’s thoughts on Mike Gillis and John Tortorella:

  2. rushledger - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Gillis has run his course. Time to go.

  3. canucks30 - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM

  4. mrhyperpants - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Pack your bags Gillis your season is now over. Right now I can get my base ball bat and start looting. Let’s burn this town down again hahahaha

  5. mrhyperpants - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    So funny hahahaha ah

  6. blkeskimo1785 - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Now, I don’t like to see anyone lose their jobs, BUT…seeing Vancouver eliminated from the playoffs after this dumpster fire of a season brings me joy.

  7. opattytheirishrover - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Phrases like “dumpster fire of a season” brings me great joy. Good article and all, but anything about that kid Gibsons first game resulting in a shutout?!?

    • James O'Brien - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      See … the middle of the post?

  8. opattytheirishrover - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Well I feel like a goose. Musta blown right past that with the ol “who cares about twitter” mentality. Sorry ‘boot that old chap.

    Right sporting quips they are. Thank you.

  9. blomfeld - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:35 AM


    blomfeld – Apr 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM


    Hopefully this young man will have an excellent outing tonight and the Ducks will put the Canucks out of their misery once and for all. About the only down side is that this town is going to see so many fire bombs being hurled tonight that even Russian Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov will be impressed !

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Ben Scrivens
    4) Jonathan Bernier
    5) Cory Schneider
    6) John Gibson :) … a comrade !

    The bottom line is ‘F’ the Canucks and ‘F’ Vancouver ! These people had their chance in the limelight three years ago, however they chose to disgrace the game of hockey and the entire notion of sport with their ‘vulgar and despicable’ behavior. In life we ‘reap what we sow’ and so hopefully this ‘cruel & callous’ fan base will now finally come to understand the folly of their ways, God willing.

    ps: and while we’re at it, ‘FU’ to Lisa & Gina too !

    • blkeskimo1785 - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:45 AM

      Your rants are…Bayless-esque. God bless you, blomfeld.

  10. billiam55 - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    gillis is the one who needs to be responsible for this. hes made some pretty bad descisions with this club.

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