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Torts admits Canucks are ‘fragile’

Jan 8, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT

Evgeni Malkin, Brandon Sutter AP

Winless in their last five, the Vancouver Canucks are a “fragile” team.

Head coach John Tortorella didn’t hesitate to admit it last night after the Pittsburgh Penguins scored twice in the final 71 seconds to tie it, ultimately winning 5-4 in the shootout.

“But that’s part of growing as a team,” said Tortorella, notably calm and composed after such a tough loss. “That’s what’s on us. Yeah, I think it’s fragile. I think all teams get in this state; it’s how quickly you can get out of it. That’s the important thing for our club right now; it’s how to change the momentum.”

Last night’s blown lead wasn’t the first of the season for Vancouver. In fact, it wasn’t even the first in the last week. Sunday in Anaheim, the Ducks tied it with 87 seconds left and won in the final tick of overtime.

For the Canucks, it sure feels a long way from 2010-11, when, if anything, they were accused of overconfidence and arrogance.

It also won’t get any easier anytime soon. Friday, the Blues pay a visit to Rogers Arena. Then, it’s a three-game trip to Los Angeles, Anaheim and Phoenix.

“The state of our team right now, we’ve gotta just try to get the positives and build off it,” said Tortorella, who seemed pleased with the overall performance versus the Penguins, save for the late collapse.

“There’s no sense in whining about it. There’s no sense in looking for excuses. We just have to continue to try and get better as a team.”

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    I loved the look on Torts face when Crosby tied it…you know damn well he hates the Pens.

  2. JoeAvg - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    What’s happened to Tortorella? Is there something in the BC air or water that pacifies like this? “Notably calm and composed” were never words you would see in an article about Torts. Maybe he’s finally realized that nothing good ever comes out of losing your cool.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      I was about to leave a similar comment: western Canada must agree with him. The man hasn’t been this calm since …. hmmm …. since never.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      He’s changed, that’s for sure. Maybe it was just Brooksie he just couldn’t control himself around – even if the Vancouver media has similarly antagonizing reporters.

      • JoeAvg - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        He was known to explode in Tampa too. I think we should check his basement for spare parts – it’s not really him behind the bench.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        So long as he coaches like the guy that won a cup in Tampa, I’m good.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        JoeAvg –

        This change in Torts sounds eerily like ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers.’ Rather than checking his basement for spare parts, I’d suggest looking for a giant seed pod.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      they say he actually lives in washington and commutes to work….marijuana is legal in washington now….thats my guess

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        He lives in Point Roberts, which is not connected to the rest of the US by land but rather a peninsula jutting out from Canada just to the south of Vancouver. It’s only about 2 1/2 square miles of the US split off from Canada by the 49th parallel.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      The Prozac is working for him.

  3. Wineshard - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    The comments are bang on. I knew the Canucks were in trouble in the third when Daniel Sedin was simply dumping the puck out of his own end rather than carrying it through the neutral zone.

  4. drewzducks - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

  5. muckleflugga - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:09 PM


    you guess correctly regarding the state of washington and legalization of marijuana…they’re so civilized in the pacific northwest…you guess incorrectly regarding tortorella’s need to live in washington for access to hoots

    it doesn’t make any sensimillia…?

    anybody from western canada particularly, knows the best organic pot in the world is grown in british columbia, and is readily available on a casual basis throughout the lower mainland…no need for the california, oregon and washington product in spite of merit

    economists tell us british columbia’s economy would be in peril if the marijuana industry was policed out of existence

    if tortorella’s living arrangements were based on need for a little smoke, he’d could live anywhere in canada and happily answer his craving…they’re so civilized in canada

    weed and hockey…

    go together like a horse and carriage

    • badgerhockey77 - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      BC bud best in the world? I guess you’ve never heard of Humbolt county.

  6. slysipops - Jan 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    TORTS went to see a fortune teller…THE ADVICE WAS ……………………….

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