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Frustrated Booth says he needs to ‘bear down’

Mar 8, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

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In the eight games David Booth has played since returning from a groin injury that kept him out the first part of the season, he’s been credited with 20 shots.

Not one of those shots has gone in.

And with the Canucks on a three-game winless streak — they lost 2-1 in overtime last night in Columbus — the lack of goals is really starting to get to him.

“It’s very frustrating,” Booth said, per The Province. “Especially when the games are overtime losses or losing by a goal. It’s really frustrating. It’s something where I have to do a better job. I can’t make excuses. It’s not good enough.

“I really have to bear down, get to the front of the net. The dirty goals are scored there, and that’s how I get most of my goals.”

Yeah, there’s probably a bear joke to be made somewhere there. The fact Booth has been best known for his hunting exploits since arriving in a trade with the Panthers in late 2011 says a lot.

But head coach Alain Vigneault recognizes that the 28-year-old winger is getting chances: “This work is going to pay off and it will soon.”

Based on the advanced stats, Booth has been performing, if not producing, quite well. In theory, the dam is ready to burst. But goals, not Corsi numbers, are what count, and the Canucks aren’t putting enough pucks in the net lately.

Vancouver is in St. Paul for a big Northwest Division game Sunday. In fact, it’s possible the Wild could be in a position to tie the Canucks for first in the division with a regulation win. Minnesota is currently four points back of the Canucks, with a game in hand. The Wild play tomorrow in Nashville.

PS — If you’re wondering which NHL forward has the most shots without a goal, that would be San Jose’s Ryane Clowe, who’s oh-for-47.

  1. canucks30 - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Lol “BEAR” Down

    • bigtganks - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      He doesn’t want to be the “goat”.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I don’t know…? Is Booth’s bolt shot, did he blow his wad and become just another flash in the pan? Players of this caliber need to keep their sights on the big target, forget the trophies, aim for the stars and shoot the moon. For Booth of course, he needs to keep his powder dry, find the bullseye, tell his detractors to get stuffed and not hang his head. If he continues at his zero points in eight games clip, he may be discharged or fired…we know the Vancouver media are already gunning for him, aiming to pin his hide to the shed, Ned. I just don’t know…

    • loinstache - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      yeah it’s honestly so hard to judge him. he’s faced a lot of poor luck since joining the canucks, and his underlying numbers are really impressive… but there’s simply that undeniable stat that is goals/assists. booth simply struggles to convert despite being such an obviously hard working player. you can evoke luck, but some players just have ‘it’ while other’s don’t. it doesn’t help that his hockey sense is subpar for his skill cohort (terrible at passing) and he’s struggled to find chemistry with the team. still, you really want the guy to succeed… while understanding why it’s necessary if he’s let go

      • ikillchicken - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        If by “struggled to convert” you mean “scored at a 20 goal pace last year” then yeah. There seems to be a perception that Booth has thus far has failed to score in his time with the Canucks but it simply isn’t based in fact. His numbers in the past haven’t been great but they haven’t been bad either. And now, this season, he’s come back off another injury which means he is jumping right in against guys in midseason form with no training camp or preseason whatsoever. In fact, those first few games he barely even played any major minutes. Given all that, there is really no reason to be so pessimistic. This is simply a case of a solid player playing well and not getting any luck for a few games. It happens all the time. If he keeps playing like this things will even out in the long run.

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