It's one of the traits of Canucks fans that really gets under my skin: the double standard of how they perceive the team and other teams around the league. You'd think they lost to Columbus the other night, judging by the howls of condemnation, calls for Vigneault's head on a platter, etc. There are some things that you can say about how the team played, that cannot be disputed. What I do dispute is how every time the Canucks falter (and sometimes even when they don't) it's viewed as the team being horrible, completely discounting the fact that the team they're facing might actually be good. Dallas is a much improved team over last season, and they showed it Friday night. Yes, the Canucks certainly took their foot off the pedal, but Dallas had to take advantage of that, and they did. They also had to get some help from Cory Schneider, who by his own admission was not good enough. The Canucks needed him to shut the door, and he did not. There was also the ridiculous waved-off goal by Mason Raymond. The fact that the league has made that play non-reviewable is going to come back to haunt them. Imagine a carbon copy of that goal in the Stanley Cup Finals. You think that gets waved off? Not a bloody chance. So why now? Raymond's contact with Lehtinen had zero impact on whether or not Lehtinen was able to stop the puck. It was going in no matter what.

Apart from Schneider, the other reason the Canucks lost that game was some uncharacteristic defensive play. Say what you want about the Canucks, one of the reasons they went on that run was tightening things down defensively, and they got away from that against the Stars. They gave up odd-man rushes and missed some assignments. Why was that? Maybe the distraction of Henrik's milestone, the return of Ryan Kesler and dark cloud of Manny Malhotra hanging over them was a little too much for one night? As far as the fights go, it may have gotten Dallas fired up, but it certainly didn't turn the Canucks into shrinking violets. I do question whether or not it was wise of Maxim Lapierre and Dale Weise to engage in their fights, even though they didn't get their asses handed to them in either case. They should have just let things go after Volpatti dealt with the issue, or even tried to draw a penalty.