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Canucks collapse in third period, drop seventh straight

Feb 8, 2014, 9:01 PM EST

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They can’t score. They can’t hold on to the lead. And so the Vancouver Canucks will head into the Olympic break having lost seven straight games.

The Canucks claimed a 1-0 lead on the Toronto Maple Leafs after two periods but gave up three unanswered goals in a 3-1 loss before a national Canadian television audience. Dating back to the end of December, the Canucks have just four wins in their last 20 games, and have fallen out of a playoff position in the battle for the two Western Conference Wild Card spots.

Injuries have taken their toll. The Canucks were without captain Henrik Sedin, who is out with a rib injury and will miss the Sochi Olympics as a result. Mike Santorelli is gone for the remainder of the season after shoulder surgery. No Kevin Bieksa or Chris Tanev on the blue line, either.

Toronto’s goals – from former Canuck Mason Raymond, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk – came in a span of four minutes and 42 seconds. The Leafs got a fortunate bounce on the van Riemsdyk goal – the puck deflected up in the air and then hit off the body of Canucks’ defenseman Alex Edler and past Roberto Luongo.

The Leafs have now 11 wins in their last 14 games. So tonight’s match-up started as two teams headed in opposite directions and it finished that way, too.

The Leafs did, however, lose forward Jay McClement with an upper-body injury, the club announced at the start of the third period. McClement crashed awkwardly into the boards in the second period.

  1. canucks30 - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      Losing to the leafs should be the final straw, MG has to go.

  2. canada2014gold - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    It’s a fluid process people.

  3. jpat2424 - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Love it. Go for 8

    • 127taringa - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      The article should read the Olympics came too soon.

  4. blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    DARKNESS

    As much as it’s always fun to tease the Canucklers, now is definitely ‘not’ the time to do that. Granted, many of us predicted as far back as last September that this is ‘exactly’ what would happen. Yet to see things now unfold like this ? … well, it’s not a pretty sight to say the least. But as an ardent and ‘values-driven’ fan of the LA Kings, I nonetheless wish the Canucklers well and may God speed … Blomfeld

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      I gave you a thumbs up for your magnanimity. I won’t auto thumbs down your comments. I happened to catch the last line as I scrolled down to thumbs down, but then read the full comment.

  5. deezenucks - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Feel free to fire gillis and blow this team up anytime now… I hope they continue to tank, maybe that’s the only way changes will be made. Shoulda learned our lesson after the bruins final, then the kings early exit. Nucks just don’t have the pieces to play playoff hockey and no way can they beat a CHI or ANA in a 7 game series.

  6. canada2014gold - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    They can fire Gillis anyday, this guy is a clown. Nothing but excuses and posturing, he’s a typical lawyer/politician. He’s not the right guy to tear this team apart. We need a rebuild and it starts with trading the sedins.

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