VANCOUVER – Dangerous groups make dangerous performs at dangerous occasions.
Does this make the Vancouver Canucks a foul staff?
That blunt evaluation appears harsh contemplating the Canucks are simply starting to emerge from a painful rebuild and have some wonderful younger gamers who ought to get significantly better with time.
However the bad-plays-at-bad-times half is indeniable. It was on show once more Saturday when the Canucks, who’re 1-9-2 since Nov. 8, turned a third-period lead right into a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.
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Two nights after some shockingly delicate play allowed the Vegas Golden Knights to beat them 4-Three on a late short-handed purpose, the Canucks surrendered the Stars a winner with 3:23 remaining when Vancouver did not field out on what ought to have been a defensive-zone faceoff win.
Markus Granlund couldn’t get the puck out alongside the boards in opposition to Jamie Benn, who centred to unchecked Alexander Radulov in entrance of the Vancouver internet. Radulov, open as a result of Canucks defenceman Michael Del Zotto had began to maneuver ahead in anticipation of Granlund making a play, beat goalie Anders Nilsson with a deft backhand and Vancouver misplaced for the 11th time in 12 video games.
Seven of the losses have been by a solo purpose, and the Canucks have left a staggering quantity of factors on the desk. They’ve had two-goal leads and misplaced, surrendered late profitable targets and customarily managed to get nothing out of video games even within the few they have been the higher staff.
Their defensive play has improved dramatically the final 5 video games, and but they’re 1-3-1 in these.
High winger Brock Boeser and No. 1 defenceman Alex Edler have returned from accidents, and nonetheless the Canucks lose.
“We will’t discover a approach to simply get one over the road,” veteran ahead Sam Gagner lamented. “It’s positively irritating, however we’ve acquired to study from it. The psychological sport is a large a part of it. It’s actually essential to simply do your finest to consider within the course of and consider that for those who do the correct issues, it’s going to work out. You get your self in hassle whenever you begin pondering negatively.”
However that’s virtually inconceivable to keep away from today.
They led Dallas 1-Zero after 50 minutes on Bo Horvat’s first-period purpose from ex-Star Antoine Roussel’s bounce go on a counter-attack.
However when Benn tied it at 10:19 of the third interval, showing from behind the web to comb in a unfastened puck after Miro Heiskanen’s level shot into site visitors bounced away from Nilsson, it felt like one other Dallas purpose was coming. It took six minutes.
With the Canucks’ internet empty within the closing minute, Boeser launched a wrist shot off the crossbar. He was additionally stuffed by Stars’ goalie Ben Bishop on a second-period breakaway.
“I wished to go five-hole however he learn me like a e-book,” Boeser mentioned. “A play like that goes by way of my head quite a bit after video games. I’ll be occupied with it.”
Nilsson mentioned: “Shedding the sport within the final 10 minutes is hard. We performed a reasonably good sport however we made some errors and within the third it price us.”
With one win in 23 days, are the Canucks occupied with shedding once more when the sport is shut?
“I hope not,” Nilsson mentioned. “It’s simple to say no, however in fact whenever you get loads of losses in a row. . . it may creep behind your head. It shouldn’t try this. Total, I believe we performed a reasonably good sport however we made just a few errors that, sadly, they have been in a position to rating on.”
The Canucks play the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and the Nashville Predators go to Rogers Enviornment on Thursday, earlier than Vancouver departs for one more three-game journey that can push their league-leading complete of highway video games to 20.
Profitable isn’t going to get any simpler.
“When issues aren’t going properly, it’s important to decide to 60 minutes of hockey,” Canucks coach Travis Inexperienced mentioned. “We cheated and switch it over when the warmth was on. Some younger guys is perhaps a bit of nervous, we misplaced a pair puck battles in opposition to their huge line, and that was the distinction.
Roussel mentioned: “We’ve acquired to go at it, face the problem and stand up. We will’t simply go on the market and hope for higher, you recognize? We’ve been cracking a bit of bit after 55 minutes and that hurts. We’re a younger staff, however you’ve acquired to study fast on this league or typically you get tossed away and alter is available in fast. Everyone’s acquired to study that. We’ve actually acquired to get our shit collectively and win some video games.”