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Torts says Canucks ‘have lost ourselves a little bit’

Jan 6, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

Eddie Lack, Corey Perry, Cam Fowler, Ryan Kesler AP

The Vancouver Canucks went to Southern California this weekend, and all they got was one lousy point.

And frankly, they were lucky to get it.

On Saturday, the Canucks were outshot 49-28 in Los Angeles and fell 3-1 to the Kings. The next night, in Anaheim, they were outshot 49-20 and lost 4-3 in overtime to the Ducks.

If not for the performances of their goalies — Roberto Luongo in L.A.; Eddie Lack in Anaheim — the scorelines could’ve been a lot worse.

“We have lost ourselves a little bit,” said coach John Tortorella. “You know, we’re a little bit beat up. I never want to use it as an excuse; we’re a little bit beat up. I think we’re playing against a different level of team, especially the past couple of nights. But we have some work to do.”

Now winless in four, the Canucks played without a number of injured veterans versus the Ducks, including Alex Burrows and Alex Edler — both of whom have been out a while — and Chris Higgins, who reportedly missed the game with the flu. Then, to make matters worse, Zack Kassian took a skate to the face early in the second period and never returned.

But things aren’t about to get any easier. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh’s in town. Friday, it’s St. Louis. And then it’s off to SoCal once again to play the Kings and Ducks, followed by a trip to Phoenix.

Which is to say, if the Canucks don’t find themselves soon, they could be right back on the outside looking in when it comes to playoff positioning in the Western Conference.

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  1. elvispocomo - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Thankfully the next closest teams to Vancouver’s currently occupied 7th spot in the West are Phoenix, Minnesota and Dallas. None of those teams have impressed so much to be such a serious threat that the Canucks can’t control their own destiny as far as making the playoffs.

    • blomfeld - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      DON’T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF ELVIS …

      Both Phoenix & Dallas have three games in hand on you people and so they’re essentially ‘neck&neck’ with you right now. Besides, we’re only at the halfway pole and things have gone ‘well beyond’ expectations for you Canucks thus far. However the odds of that continuing are ‘minimal’ at best, as this past weekend was probably the ‘reality check’ which was inevitable in coming ? So while I can see you Canucks ‘perhaps’ making the playoffs, if you do it won’t be by much. And for ‘certain’ the Phoenix Coyotes are going to finish ahead of you … mark my words ! :)

      GO COYOTES GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. canada2014gold - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Pretty sure I was beside myself the last two games

  3. benrob99 - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    Torts is an idiot. Has nothing to do with the story…. just throwing it out there.

  4. patthehockeyfan - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    I guess it beats Torts saying, “We #%*$^%^& SUCK !” Which the Canucks don’t.

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