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Perron’s hat trick extends Canucks’ struggles

Jan 28, 2014, 1:18 AM EDT

Edmonton Oilers' David Perron, right, celebrates his third goal against the Vancouver Canucks with teammate Martin Marincin, of Slovakia, during third period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) AP

The Vancouver Canucks have been struggling lately, but on Jan. 18 they started a patch of contests that seemed ideal for burying that slump. They would play five straight games against teams that don’t hold a playoff spot and host four of those matches.

They closed out that stretch with a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, bringing them down to 3-2-0 during that stretch. Vancouver didn’t win a single game by more than a goal and haven’t since Dec. 29.

This also means that the Canucks are just 4-7-3 over their past 14 contests.

At least Jordan Schroeder provided the Canucks with a silver lining. The 23-year-old forward scored twice in his first game with Vancouver since October. Schroeder has missed most of the 2013-14 campaign due to foot and ankle problems.

David Perron opened the scoring at 9:11 of the first period and found the back of the net a second time just before the first intermission. He ended up collecting an empty-netter as the contest was winding down to complete the hat trick.

It was Jesse Joensuu that got credited with the game-winning goal though. The 26-year-old scored for the 10th time in 98 career NHL contests.

Vancouver’s schedule will pick up now with a match against the Chicago Blackhawks before they begin a five-game road trip that will take them to the Olympic break. The Canucks still have a five-point lead over Phoenix in the battle for a Wild Card spot, but they have also played in two more games.

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