SAN JOSE, Calif. — And there it was, Vancouver Canuck fans: evidence that it was still there.
Buried deep, perhaps.
Too late, of course.
Unavailable when it was really needed, a lot of the time.
But in there, somewhere, was the Canuck team that will put up a fight, make you pay for a penalty, dazzle you with Sedinery, and annoy the heck out of you with the sneakily-skillful play of Alex Burrows.
In there was a defence corps that will jump into the play and make things happen, speedy wingers who will win races and even a few puck battles. A goaltender who, even on a night when he doesn’t have anything like his best stuff, will beat the puck to death in hand-to-hand combat and make enough big saves to still have a chance.
Alas, also in there is the team that can’t hold a lead.
The team that will take the bad...