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Bruins add to Canucks woes with 3-1 win

Feb 4, 2014, 11:11 PM EDT

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Things aren’t getting any easier for the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins 3-1 at TD Garden, good for their fifth straight loss.

Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla each had a goal and an assist and Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots. Raphael Diaz scored his first goal as a Canuck and Roberto Luongo made 29 saves.

If there’s a positive to be taken out of this game for Vancouver it’s that they played with a less-than healthy roster and hung in tough with the Bruins. Henrik Sedin was playing in obvious pain, Ryan Kesler was laying out to block shots with seconds left to play, and they had a few too many guys who have been in Utica recently to try and keep up with Boston.

While they had all that going on, Luongo took the loss on his shoulders.

Vancouver’s five-game road trip marches on to Montreal on Thursday and Toronto on Saturday.

  1. rdurk86 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Here’s one example of why they won’t win with Tortorella….5:30 left in the 3rd, down 3-1, coming out of the TV timeout in the offensive zone. Hey let’s throw the 4th line out there. That should help cut the 2 goal deficit down…..Oh yeah, lets keep switching the 1st line around all night. Starts with Hansen, then moves Burrows up (0 goals this year), then loads up with Kesler, I think even Schneider was up there too at some point.

    • pastabelly - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      I suppose that it’s Tortorella’s fault that the Sedins haven’t scored in 17 games too. That’s 34 player games and ZERO goals. Sorry, this one is not on Torts.

      • drewsylvania - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        The coach is supposed to help the talent on hand succeed. When the talent on hand is good, you gotta look at the coaching/psychological issues. The coach is responsible for both. Maybe there’s problems in the room that he can’t solve, but he’s still responsible for them.

      • kaptaanamerica - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        The team has problems scoring period. Sedins, Kesler, burrows, Hansen, garrison, Edler, kassian, booth, are all paid to score. Luongo can’t score the goals, neither can the coach. This is on MG for not making the right moves to bring guys in that can score.Edler should have been gone before the draft the same time schneids was traded.

    • pastabelly - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      I’m not buying into any scenario where it’s the coach’s fault that Sedin couldn’t score on that breakaway last night.

      • rdurk86 - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        FYI, they lost by 2. And it wasn’t even that close. So if it’s not his fault, you must think that he’s doing a great job then, right?

        Anyone who thinks he’s a good fit for the Canucks is delusional.

  2. rdurk86 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    The Canucks just refuse to make the simple straightforward plays, which is probably why the Sedins haven’t scored in forever. They have to make these flashy indirect, or backwards, or no look passes around the O-zone. In person, it seemed like there were stretches they controlled the puck but never went at the net because they were constantly facing away from the target. There was 1 stretch in the 1st that they had it for probably 30 to 35 seconds passing it around, no shots, then turned it over, boom 3 on 2 for the Krejci line.

  3. sabatimus - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    This loss was totally not on Luongo. I think was just saying that in order to not throw certain of his teammates under the bus. Or his coach.

  4. slysipops - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:52 AM

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  5. nunan - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Bruins’ fans: Thoughts on trading for Mark Stuart and bringing him back? They have openly stated that the loss of Seidenberg has forced them to keep an eye stay at home, tough defensemen. Who better than Stuart? He is going to be a UFA, knows the Bs system, and was a fan favorite, similar to how Boychuk is regarded now. It’s not a huge deal. The Bruins won’t be making any big deals for a while, I would think. It’s a minor deal that would help stabilize their D. Obviously would have to give up something. I could suggest a couple names but I have no idea what WPG would want in return so I won’t even start. It is more the idea of bringing back an affordable, safe option to tighten up the Bs defense. I think Stuart makes a ton of sense.

    • pastabelly - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      I like Stuart, but wouldn’t put him in Boychuck’s league. I also wonder if they are waiting to see how Miller does before trading assets to acquire someone like Stuart.

      • nunan - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Not really comparing them skill-wise, but more in terms of how the fans regarded him. It is comparable to how everyone feels about Boychuk. Homegrown talent who plays a tough, gritty role. Just a lot of respect there. Before he was traded, there was talk about how he was the type of player to be named captain one day. He’s solid. But even moreso, the Bs like to fill holes with players who have similar skill-sets. It’s why they don’t always bring up the best prospect when there is an injury, they bring up the prospect who fits in best to that role. Stuart fits in nicely to Seidenberg’s role. I like Miller but I’m not sure I want to go into the playoff relying on him.

  6. hosewater2 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    For all these NHLers who are struggling with injuries, on the Canucks or any team, please please sit out the Olympic exhibition games. Rest, recuperate, come back stronger for the remainder of the NHL season. Just hate seeing a guy like Stamkos pushing to come back for the Olympics, would like to see Henrik work on healing


  7. the8man - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Based on the bashing the Canucks are getting I guess I shouldn’t get too jazzed about the Bs win last night.

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