They were still kids when they came to Vancouver, and we've seen Daniel and Henrik Sedin grow up and into world-class hockey players.

They were poor as players Wednesday night, but outstanding as people. The tradeoff wasn't nearly enough to keep the Boston Bruins from rolling over the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 to win the Stanley Cup.

"No cheering in the press box," is one of sports journalism's oldest and most sacred mantras. But it was hard not to cheer for them in the dressing room, where the twins went through 30 minutes that were as painful as anything Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg subjected them to over seven games.

The Sedins said their job was to score and they didn't. No excuses. They said they tried but weren't good enough. They took full responsibility for failing to deliver in the biggest game of their careers.

Henrik battled an injury during the playoffs. Given the chance to lighten the criticism against him by revealing what was bothering him, the Canucks' captain said: "A scoring slump."

It's too bad all that character and accountability and dignity didn't translate to points in the final.

National Hockey League scoring champion and Hart Trophy favourite next week, Daniel had only one goal and three assists in the seven-game final. And Henrik, the last scoring champion and Most Valuable Player, managed just a single goal.

Bruin Patrice Bergeron matched the Sedins' series goal total on Wednesday night alone.