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Canucks’ Bieksa: ‘If this isn’t rock bottom, I don’t know what is’

Mar 6, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT

To put things lightly, life is brutal for the Vancouver Canucks right now. In fact, it might be dangerous to ask the question: “Can things get any worse?”

They dropped their fourth loss in a row in disastrous fashion to the Dallas Stars on Thursday, losing 6-1. The post-game quotes seem as glum as Roberto Luongo‘s tweets were triumphantly funny, as Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy notes.

Eddie Lack took some responsibility after the loss following a game in which he was pulled before the third period, admitting that he needs to be better. Make no mistake about it, though; plenty of fingers will be pointed at Canucks GM Mike Gillis instead.

The Canucks have only won one game since Jan. 27, going 1-10-1 in that horrendous span.

Vancouver’s struggles obscure a fantastic performance by Tyler Seguin, who notched a hat trick and two assists in a dominant evening. Actually, Seguin’s output might have generated the harshest Twitter reaction, and it wasn’t from Luongo:

Ouch.

Also from Thursday’s ugly game

Luongo’s tweets

Zack Kassian gets ejected

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    In my opinion rock bottom (this year) for this team will come in early April when they officially miss the playoffs, then they’ll quickly move to fire Gillis and Tortorella and they can start working on getting themselves out of the mess they’re currently in.

    • bigtganks - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Then score a goal Henrik and lead or inspire like a captain should. Embarrassing.

    • sumkat - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:36 AM

      I don’t know if it was “rock bottom”, but the season was lost when Torts went crazy and got suspended. MAYBE something like that would work on a team full of young guys who might think “yeah, he’s sticking up for us”, but doing what he did, with the vets on that team? I have no doubt in mind they were thinking “what is this clown doing?”

      I think most of the team quit that day, and it’s just been a downward slide since

      • imleftcoast - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Listening to 1040 in Vancouver, the media is definitely seeing it that way. The Canucks were 10-3 in December, and then 4-11 in January. The Calgary game was in the middle of January, and the slide of 1-0 losses had already started. But for a team with limited trust in a new coach and system, maybe that soured things.

        I think the consensus was that the Torts hiring was a gamble. With that said, what reason was there to give him a five-year contract? Gillis should answer that question.

        Of all the bad Gillis contracts, it might be the worst. Torts had no job or prospects, and the Rangers were an injury mess with blocking shots. There were a lot of questions whether the Canuck lineup would fit and the Sedins would be constantly hurt blocking shots.

  2. einjzmolf - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Maybe Bo Horvat develops into a stud of a goalie, who knows

  3. jhaegs - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Rock bottom was the fans burning down VAN. At least they won’t have to worry about that…

  4. slysipops - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    LOUUUUUUU…………….LOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU !!!!! where are you !

  5. titansbro - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    The Bruins destroyed this franchise. I mean they haven’t been the same since that epic SCF where they showed what gutless pukes they were.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      Yeah Titan, a 7 game series is pretty lopsided and embarrassing.

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:18 AM

        Well when you’re out scored 21-4 over the last 5 games of the series and get destroyed in all 4 losses, I’d say that’s pretty one sided.

    • sumkat - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:39 AM

      I would say they destroyed the Sedin’s. They haven’t been the same since that series. Whether from injuries or otherwise, they just haven’t been the same guys as they were 3-4 years ago. Not saying they are bumbs, but for a few years there, they were flat out scary

      • imleftcoast - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Not true. Daniel hasn’t been the same see the concussion from the Seabrook hit.

    • titansbro - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      What I meant was that the Canucks franchise has gone downhill ever since that series. Before that series people were already crowning them champs & the Bruins came in & “stole” the cup from them. Some of those losses were downright embarrassing. They didn’t even show up for game 7 on home ice.

    • joey4id - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      They started going down the moment they hired Torts.

      joey4id – Sep 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM
      Torts! Burke! We’re seeing a train wreck waiting to happen in Western Canada.

      Booby Hull, Gordie Howe, Terry Sawchuk, Howie Morenz, Bobby Clarke, Dickie Moore, Bernie Geoffrion, Bernie Parent, Tony Esposito, Billy Smith

      Is that too many grown men named an “ie” or “y” at the end?

      Joey

      • blomfeld - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        So now Hull has tits ? :)

      • joey4id - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        LOL! Booby! Too funny!

  6. blomfeld - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    HANG IN THERE KEVIN … THINGS ARE ‘GOING’ TO HAPPEN ! :)

    • nightfireop - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      no blomfield, vancouver must pay for their sins! lets their fans burn it to the ground!

      >

      • nightfireop - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:16 AM

  7. canucks30 - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    @titansbro

    They won the Presidents’ Trophy again the following season and beat Boston in Boston in 2011-12.

    The decline started after the loss to LA in the playoffs and the beginning of the Luongo soap opera.

    • titansbro - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Big deal, they won a regular season game. Cool story bro.

    • titansbro - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      President’s trophy, cool. Then they got exposed in the first round of the playoffs. That team was loaded & could have been good for a long time if they had any heart.

    • blomfeld - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Bingo Canucks30 !

      The decline indeed started after the loss to LA in the playoffs two years ago. And if you want to get really specific, then I contend that it started right after Mike Richard’s ‘cheeky’ little goal on Luongo from the side of the net in game one.

  8. justaride88 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Rock bottom is when youre hooked on desomorphine. Canucks are bunch or elite athletes with multi million contracts.

    • imleftcoast - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      That was my thought. It’s pathetic to analogize this pro sports team’s situation to that desperate out of control situation. That was a must win game they didn’t show up for. They quit. They haven’t been practicing, and they are not working hard enough. I have no sympathy for any of them. Get to f’ing work and make it better. JFC.

  9. sumkat - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    I’m convinced this team has no interest in playing for Torts. Not surprising, same at his previous stops eventually, just much faster this time. I think he felt he had to “step it up a notch” being in a true hockey crazy fanbase. Obviously TB can’t match up with the Nucks fans (nothing against the Bolts fans, but they are from Florida, and the other guys are from Canada….not hard to figure out who will have a more active fan base), and NY fans only care when their teams are in the run for a title.

    Didn’t work out with this group. Torts is the type of coach that needs to be on a team full of young players that will actually have some fear of him, and he gets 3-4 years before he REALLY starts to wear them down. A team full of vets, and Torts, was always a bad combo

    • jl9830 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      As an Islanders fan, please stop generalizing about NY sports fans like that. I’ve been through much more for my team than you’ll ever be for a team, so be careful about who you’re calling front runners.

      • sumkat - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        no need to be careful, I’m right, NY fans are frontrunners. Do they have SOME loyal fans? Sure. So do the Lakers. But for 90% of them, they are only interested when they are in the running for a title.

      • imleftcoast - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        As Canucks fan, I can sympathize with Islander fans – the only hockey fans who had it worse this week.

        New Yorkers get behind a winner quickly, but those aren’t fans. There is just a big bandwagon contingent – same as LA and Chicago. Islanders, Knicks and Mets fans are long-suffering.

  10. anthonykornheiser - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    NY fans only care when they are going for a title? Don’t know where you got that fact from, but ok. Maybe the isles? NYR sell out even when they stink. Why don’t you formulate a complete thought, get it all together and then post it in one comment, rather than posting like a maniac any time something pops in your head.

  11. jl9830 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    How about they try being Islanders fans for five minutes before talking about “rock bottom?”

    • mcflower29 - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      rick dipetro

  12. darksidecowboy - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Stars delivered a old fashioned Texan ass whoopin!

  13. patshal - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    I hope the Canucks lose the rest of the games they play

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