Leave it to Kevin Bieksa to put things into perspective.

In good times and in bad, the veteran defenceman has always been a go-to guy for a thoughtful quote or two.

And with these being particularly bad times for the Vancouver Canucks, Bieksa once again did not disappoint. He is as angry and disappointed as anyone about this train wreck of a season, but Bieksa also reminded everyone that it is, after all, just a game. In the really big picture, it’s not that big a deal. The sky is not falling.

“There are lot of things that place it in perspective,” Bieksa told reporters after Wednesday’s practice. “I heard some stories yesterday about a kid at school being abused by his father and he was hiding out at school and the teachers were babysitting him and making sure the parent didn’t come back and kidnap him. There are things around the world that put it into perspective. We’re playing a game and yeáh, we’re disappointed, we’re devastated we didn’t make the playoffs, we put a lot of work in this year, but fell short. But it’s a game, we are going to go out and have fun, entertain the fans and finish off good.”

The way Bieksa sees it, the remaining five games for the Canucks are as much about pride as points.