I'll make this thread my exception to no longer having the desire to post on these forums, as I am a die-hard Canucks fan and I am excited about this team for the first time in a long while.
It's very refreshing to again have a team able to play some tough, greasy playoff hockey, and win. We all knew they could score the skillful and flashy goals, but I was scared we would lose to Minnesota and their park-the-bus defensive style. Now we know the same players can get the gritty garbage goals needed in the playoffs. They're defending well and last night's series-winner was especially awesome as the team picked up Markstrom when he had a terrible game, after the opposite having been the case numerous times during the regular season.
There's a bit of a debate about play-ins vs playoffs. Reality is that this was a series and the loser goes home, so yes, for me this is the Canucks first playoff series win since the 2011 Western Conference Final. Bring on St.Louis or Dallas. We're the underdog regardless of who we play, but I would prefer St.Louis. We play the Blues well. 3 regulation wins, one OT win, one SO win and one OT loss over 18-19 and 19-20 against them. Meanwhile, Dallas has beaten us in regulation in 3 of 4 games played over the same period. Either way though, the worst thing any favourite can do with a team like the Canucks, is underestimate them. Both STL and DAL will play with more offence than MIN did, so we might have more room for our skills to be able to compliment the grit we showed this week. Two 5-seeds have already gone down to 12-seeds. It's a cliché for some underdog teams, but "why not us"? That's my attitude. GO CANUCKS GO!