Pitiful Performance: Canucks lose badly to Predators
Pitiful. Embarrassing. Pathetic.
That is three words to describe the performance put forth on the ice by the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night.
The Canucks lost 3-0 to the Nashville Predators, a team that has trouble scoring goals. Well, the Canucks must be taking pages out of their playbooks, because recently, they couldn't score with a five dollar hooker.
The Canucks have 7, count em 7 goals in their last 5 games, and have looked horrible during that stretch. Also, the "go-to" guys, the core group of players this team is built around, can't light the lamp to save their lives.
Ryan Kesler has one goal in his last 10 games, Alex Burrows has 0 in his last nine, the Sedin Twins have a combined 0 goals in their last six.
Worst of all, they're losing these games in plodding, boring fashion. Has anybody been excited by a Canucks game since Dallas two weeks ago?
First, the Boston Bruins come to town in a game destined to be amazing. Two great goaltenders, two amazing teams; the Canucks come out looking disinterested and sluggish and lose the game 3-1. Next, it's time to crank up the heat on the Columbus Blue Jackets, right? No. The Blue Jackets walk all over the Canucks and the Van city kids barely escape with 2 points. They score one goal again, by the way. Then, tonight, on HOME ICE, the 'Nucks barely get a whiff of offensive chances, and they get shut out. I'm surprised none of the fans asked for a refund.
I guess I should recap the game at some point, so here we go;
There was no scoring throughout the first two periods. In the third, Blake Geoffrion, grandson of Canadiens great Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion scored his second goal in his second game, after offensive juggernaught Jordin Tootoo centered him the puck. Canucks d-man Chris Tanev couldn't cover Geoffrion, and the score was 1-0.
It stayed like that for most of the game, until Canucks D Dan Hamhuis thought it would be a great idea to make a move in his own zone, being the only man back. The puck was stripped from him by Nashville forward Patric Hornqvist, who skated in alone and beat a helpless Roberto Luongo. For the record, Luongo has been just about the only Canuck trying these past few games, and he was stellar again tonight, making 26 saves.
Lastly, in what summed up the game perfectly for the Canucks, Nashville forward Martin Erat shot the puck from behind center ice in an attempt to score on the empty net. The Canucks took their sweet ass time getting back, and by the time they realized the game was still going on, David Legwand had outskated them to the puck and deposited it in the back of the net.
3-0, and that's when the fans started to boo. Pekka Rinne made 29 saves for his 5th shutout of the year.
Before I depart, one observation. You have Jeff Tambellini, obviously an offensively gifted guy, skating on the fourth line. Sure, fine, whatever. He has had success playing with Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler, and also with the Sedin twins.
Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault started shuffling the lines in the third period. He put Mikael Samuelsson with the twins, which makes sense because they've had some success before. Then, he puts Jannik Hansen with Raymond and Kesler for two shifts, then Alex Burrows. Of course, they have zilch chemistry together and don't score. Why was Tambellini sitting on the fourth line when he has proven success with two guys who are going through slumps?!??! Whatever. I'm done ranting now.
The Canucks had better pick up their play if they want to remain top spot in the NHL, or even the conference. The Detroit Red Wings sit only 5 points back.