The wait is over -- it wasn't the prettiest goal that clinched it, but I think we have enough chapters to put in the storybook in the three series so far. What a feeling! Really proud of this group of guys -- really the whole organization has been doing things the right way and it's paying off. I could go on and on, but I'll keep it short. San Jose played a very strong game, but it was just a case of too little too late. Had they come out of the gate like that, this would have been a series. Several players were stellar, but several just didn't show up until the final game -- injuries can explain some of this I'm sure but Heatley, Setoguchi, Pavelski were nowhere to be found until it was too late. Niemi finally loses a series -- I don't think he's a bad goalie, but probably the most overrated in the league. McClellan certainly does a nice job on the podium. As for the Canucks, as the cliche goes, their best players were their best players. This has been a real team effort for the Canucks in the playoffs, but tonight, they were led by their leaders. Luongo was phenomenal -- he may not have silenced all his critics, but then again there are still people who believe that we never landed on the moon. Kesler didn't have a fantastic game, but tons of credit for playing through that injury, and what could be more clutch than tipping in the tying goal with 13 seconds left on the clock. I think if San Jose takes this game Vancouver is still the odds on favourite to take the series, but it would have been unbelievably stressful -- credit to the Canucks for playing well enough to put themselves in position to clinch it in Game 5. And lastly the Sedins -- they were just magical. As much as the hockey gods smiled on the Canucks last night in 2OT, had they been smiling on the Sedins they probably could have had 7 or 8 goals -- shift after shift they just dominated, making scoring chances materialize out of nothing. If they can bring that game to the finals that will be huge. Finally, some sweep up comments on the whining on the icing, man is that some sore loser nonsense by some portion of SJ fans. First of all, the fact that you can't tell 100% that it hit Sedin in ultra-super-slo-mo means that there's no way the linesman can tell in real time. Don't want the call to go against you, then don't slap it around the boards at 90 miles an hour. And let's get some perspective -- the powerplays in the game were 5-1, including 90+ seconds of 5-on-3, where the second penalty on Kesler was such a borderline slash you could probably call 30 in a period by that standard. To pick out that icing play as the deciding factor is just absurd. Kudos to the many Sharks' fans who took the play in stride. Man! Going to Cup Finals for the first time in 17 years! So excited. I'll leave this for another post, but I really don't know what to think of the potential match-ups against Boston or Tampa. Might as well wait until they finish their series. It will be a great battle either way.