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Torts is ‘throwing it against the wall’ as Canucks prepare for Jackets

Nov 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Winless in their last five — including Tuesday’s lamentable 3-2 shootout loss to Florida — and struggling badly to score goals, the Vancouver Canucks had some new forward lines yesterday at practice.

Chris HigginsHenrik SedinJannik Hansen
Daniel SedinMike SantorelliRyan Kesler
Alex BurrowsBrad RichardsonZack Kassian
Jeremy WelshTom SestitoDale Weise
(Extras: David Booth and Zac Dalpe)

But there wasn’t a ton of thought given to the latest combinations, according to head coach John Tortorella. With just six goals scored in the last five games, the Canucks are just hoping something — anything — will work.

“We’re throwing it against the wall here a little bit and see what sticks,” said Tortorella, per The Province. “I’m being honest with you. I don’t like splitting up, and one thing I know that works is Santorelli and Higgins. But again, we haven’t scored and I’m not sure where it goes or how long it goes and we’ll see if we can find our way.”

Vancouver hasn’t played poorly the entire five-game winless stretch. The Canucks probably deserved a better fate in games versus San Jose and Dallas, but the Florida effort was different, with Tortorella calling it “easily our worst game of the year.”

Tonight, it’s the Columbus Blue Jackets paying a visit to Rogers Arena. Tomorrow, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Canucks are already six points back of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. They need to start winning some games.

“In the past, we didn’t look at the standings because we didn’t have to,” said captain Henrik Sedin. “Now, it’s so tough.”

Related: Booth needs to ‘make the same sort of effort everyone else is making,’ says Canucks GM

  1. thailer35 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Splitting up the Sedin’s?? Vancouver riot part deux.

    • cambannedloinstache - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      To think that dead star matter coalesced to create a being capable of such stupidity…

      ( p.s. it would be part trois asshat)

      • thailer35 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Woah! Touchy! Granted not my best effort, but it’s called humor friend.

      • cambannedloinstache - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        I’m Vancouver, the only emotions we know are despair and disappointment

    • sunderlanding - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      He’s been splitting them up all year. Your joke is a little late dude.

      • thailer35 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Whoops! How’d I miss that? Thanks for not leaving me uninformed!

  2. amityvillefun - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    A few more losses and Torts is going to have a conniption. Cue the tirade in 10….9….8…7…6…

  3. muckleflugga - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    ( p.s. it would be part cinq and counting asshat )

    1907 anti chinese race riot…now they own vancouver

    1964 grey cup parade riot…held on a friday night routed through gas town past all the bars on a grey cup weekend as i recall

    1994 stanley cup loss, started when a tugging match over a policeman’s bicycle escalated

    2011 stanley cup loss, the quintessential assemblage of asshats, both the low grade morons who rioted and the fools standing-by recording events on smart phones rather than intervening

    where was the crowd control…?

    we shouldn’t judge the fine city of vancouver and its youth based on the actions of a few drunken idiots incapable of handling their beer

    • badgerhockey77 - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Don’t forget the fans booed Phil Esposito and their beloved team Canada off the ice during the 1972 Summit Series. To me, that was the most shocking of all. As an American, I can’t imagine any USA sports team being booed so viciously by their own fans in that way. Having said that, I’ve been to Vancouver on several occasions. It is a fantastic city!

  4. slysipops - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    is the caldren of tar still warming for TROTS, and are more feathers being gathered ?

  5. slysipops - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    does TROTS feel like the guy who dated SUSIE ?…..…………..

  6. slysipops - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM


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