But the Vancouver Canucks coach was still seeking an explanation for his club's lack of discipline in a 7-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth game of their Western Conference semifinal series.
"I don't really know what the answer is to that ... I really believe that this group is ready for this team, ready for this moment, but obviously our actions right now are proving me wrong," said Vigneault.
The Blackhawks converted four of eight power plays as they took a 3-1 lead in the series heading back to the Windy City.
"They really scored five, because when our guy (Andrew Alberts) stepped on the ice (as his holding penalty expired early in the third period), they scored a goal (seven) seconds after," said Vigneault. "We didn't react well to what was going on on the ice – and they made us pay for it."
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored all three of his goals on man-advantage situations as Vancouver's penalty-killing unit, which was horrendous in the first round against Los Angeles, struggled again.
"There were a few (calls) in there that I thought were questionable," said Vigneault. "But at the end of the night, I think quite a few we deserved."
After vowing to avoid retaliatory penalties earlier in the day, Daniel Sedin still found himself in the penalty box – for interference and cross-checking – during two power play goals against. As he sat, Patrick Sharp and Toews, with the winning marker, scored less than three minutes apart in the second period, turning a narrow 3-2 lead into an insurmountable 5-2 advantage.
"I don't know if I lost my composure," said Sedin. "I took (Kris) Versteeg to the net (on the second penalty) and he fell down, but I don't know what happened there. I shouldn't put myself in that situation – but my stick was broken and he ran into me. It was a tough call but it cost us the game."
Sedin offset his penalties by scoring a goal and adding an assist while he and his twin brother Henrik -- who also had a goal and a helper -- accounted for the bulk of Vancouver's offense.
Winger Alex Burrows denied that the Canucks lacked discipline, contending they behaved themselves and kept quiet on the bench. But goaltender Roberto Luongo said the Canucks lost their cool as well.
"We lost our composure again," he said. I don't know why it happened. We talked about it. We were all on the same page before the game started and, I don't know, just one thing led to another."
The Canucks have now surrendered 20 goals in 48 shorthanded situations in the playoffs. They are now 10-for-22 in this series.
Vigneault was asked after the game if he had the ability to control his players.
"Yes, you do," said Vigneault. "I can put them out there or not put them out there. At the end of the day, you gotta trust your players that they're going to do the right thing at the right time and make the right plays, take the hits for their teammates, the team and the fans. You trust that they're going to do that, and obviously tonight they didn't."
Vigneault showed his distrust in defenseman Shane O'Brien, who was benched for most of the game after taking two penalties for cross-checking Dustin Byfuglien in the first 10 minutes of the game. The second infraction resulted in Toews' first goal as he put a wrist shot over a screened Luongo to give Chicago a 2-1 lead.
"It's pretty simple," said Vigneault. "Our backs are up against the wall. If we don't win the next game, our season's over. This group know what needs to be done. I believe that it has the mental capacity and the physical capability of doing it, but I'm just talking words here.
"Our actions on the ice should speak louder than what I'm saying."