The Vancouver Canucks continue to struggle, losing 3-2 to the LA Kings Monday night. Mike Richards scored late in regulation to tie the game and Anze Kopitar scored the game winning goal just 48 seconds into the overtime period.
Backup goaltender Ben Scrivens held off the Canucks stopping 37 shots to earn the victory. The Canucks came into this game losing seven of their last eight games. The Canuck’s inability to score goals continues to cost the team.
During this seven game stretch, the Canucks have only managed to score a total of nine goals. The Canucks now have a record of 12-10-5. With the loss, the Vancouver Canucks have now slipped to a 1-4-3 record against their division rival LA Kings.
This clearly isn’t the team Canucks fans are used to watching. Right now, nothing seems to be going right for this team. However, Head Coach John Tortorella remains surprising positive.
“I’m very excited about some of things that happened tonight,” said Tortorella. He went on to say that it’s very frustrating to lose games, but has confidence in his group of players.
To be fair, the Vancouver Canucks did control most of that game. However, they still lack the ability to finish the game strongly.
Team Captain Henrik Sedin kept things simple by stating “a couple of mistakes are costing us.”
To me, the thing that needs to be addressed first for the Vancouver Canucks is their inability to score on the powerplay. The team’s powerplay record coming into last night’s game was 0-7. I believe if the Canucks start scoring on the powerplay more consistently, the team will start winning games.
The defence and goaltending have been doing well it’s the powerplay that needs work. The Vancouver Canucks are going to have to work really hard to get out of this horrible slump. But I believe this group of players has the ability to turn things around.
The Canucks have always been a team that starts off slowly, and still managed to at least get into the playoffs. I don’t believe this season will be any different.
I can’t wait to see how the team will perform on the road against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.
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