The Goods: Stars shine brighter
The sky isn’t actually falling, the Vancouver Canucks have done so much winning this season it just feels like it is.
For the fourth time this year the Canucks have dropped back-to-back games in regulation following a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Stars Tuesday night at Rogers Arena.
Vancouver had three two-game losing streaks in its first 14 games of the 2011-12 season and it was easy to write them off because the team had yet to find its groove. Once it did, the Canucks went 52 games without dropping a pair of consecutive games in regulation.
This game could have gone either way with the Canucks missing some glorious scoring chances in the first period,
including a Zack Kassian penalty shot 24 seconds in and an Alex Burrows gaff on an open net later in the frame. Connect on either one of those shots and we’re off to the races.
Instead the game was scoreless until Chris Higgins scored his 13th goal of the season 6:45 into the second period. The Canucks held that 1-0 lead until the Stars scored a pair
in a flurry of 2:53 to end the second period up 2-1.
Dallas hasn’t lost in regulation when leading after 40 minutes since October 31, 2009, and Vancouver pulled to within a goal 7:55 into the third, but that was all the pushback the Canucks had.
The Stars added two more goals to the scoreboard, the last an empty netter, before calling it a night.
It was a night the Canucks aren’t impressed with, especially when it comes to their third period play.
“Right from get go we had a tough first shift and then they scored once again on a breakdown, and we got right back at it, then they came back and scored their fourth,” said Henrik Sedin, who was pointless on the night. “It was one of those third periods where we couldn’t get anything going.”
Looking at the scoresheet it would be easy to say the Canucks never got anything going, but Daniel Sedin, who was also held without a point, was calm as ever post-game
saying the guys have to keep their heads high.
“We’ve got to stay positive, it’s tough when you lose and you’re not contributing, that’s the tough part,” said Daniel. “That’s a little bit sad, but we’ve got to stay positive, we’ve done some good things over the last few years and we can’t really panic, we just have to keep working hard.”
The Canucks have Wednesday to prepare for another team battling for their playoff lives, the Winnipeg Jets, who are in town Thursday.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin acknowledged that although they are getting scoring chances, it means nothing without some scoring.
Coach Alain Vigneault agreed.
The Canucks bench boss backed the Sedins again, despite another pointless game, but he said they remain a tad off at both ends of the rink. The twins have a single assist between the two of them over the last six games and were a minus-4 on this night.
“Their game is definitely where I’m sure they want it to be, we can say that they’re getting chances, we can say all the right things, but at the end of the day they’re offensive players, they’re there to produce and right now they’re fighting it a little bit. The only thing you can do is come back to the rink tomorrow and focus real hard and I’m sure that’s what our group is going to do tomorrow.
“Those guys have been the foundation of this team since I’ve been here and I’ve got a lot of trust and faith in them and I trust they’re going to figure it out.”
The Canucks need a lot more from the Sedins, said Vigneault, but everyone shares the blame for back-to-back losses.
“I think we need a lot more of a lot of things and we’re going to work on that tomorrow.”
DANCING UP A STORM
There was no laughter from Alain Vigneault on this night. It’s because he couldn’t see the dancing from the Canucks bench.
The highlight of a slow first period of play Tuesday night was Jack Millos, a youngster with more moves than a bowl of jelly. When DJ Dave spun “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO during a lengthy stoppage in play, Jack, sporting a dark blue Canucks jersey, went right to work.
He started his routine with a few arm flails before the arms started shooting right up in the air. As the crowd got rowdier and rowdier, Jack maintained focus as he watched himself break it down on the scoreboard. He never broke character and when his jig was up, Canucks fans rewarded him with one of the loudest cheers of the night.
Of course there was an encore, you didn’t actually doubt there would be, did you?
Jack was back at it in the second period on the fan cam, this time getting jiggy in a dance off against another young boy, also in a Canucks jersey. There wasn’t a lot of action on the ice, so again the dancing drew a loud cheer.
For his efforts, which included standing for almost the entire game just in case the camera panned his way, Jack was given the Canucks game-worn jersey off the back of Dan Hamhuis.
appearance" -@dev87k, in reference to an early penalty shot, a goalie stick at the blueline and goal/no goal confusion.
done it on back-to-back occasions. On the plus side, three cheers for Maxim Lapierre on his 400th game played.
for their 41st consecutive win to break the 20-year-old CJHL record!
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