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Vanquished: Isles stun Canucks with seven-goal third period

Mar 11, 2014, 12:39 AM EDT

Brad Richardson, Evgeni Nabokov, Kevin Bieksa AP

Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis might need to send out another letter to embattled fans after the latest bit of soul-crushing drama for this team.

The Canucks took a 3-0 lead into a third period with things looking up – hey, Henrik Sedin finally scored! – yet that all came crumbling down as the Isles out-scored the Canucks 7-1 in a third period that almost seems like it could only happen to this Vancouver team.

Keep in mind this is an Islanders team that no longer boasts John Tavares (injury) or Thomas Vanek (trade).

Of note: the Islanders tied a franchise record with three power-play goals while the Canucks tied a dubious franchise record by allowing seven goals in a single period.

A closer look at that meltdown

For the sake of space and slower Internet connections, let’s throw out video of the lone Canucks goal (Christopher Tanev, which briefly tied things up) and the seventh Islanders goal (because it was an empty-netter) and glance at the six Islanders goals of note.

First, here are the three goals that tied things up.

Josh Bailey began the turnaround 1:13 into the third:

The three-minute mark was perhaps the ugliest. Ryan Strome scored at the 3:14 mark and then Calvin de Haan briefly tied things up 22 seconds later:

At the 6:22 mark, Frans Nielsen scored his 20th goal of the season to give the Islanders a 4-3 lead that lasted about three and a half minutes:

Again, Tanev made it 4-4, but Matt Martin scored the game-winner just 10 seconds later (10:04 into the third):

Anders Lee made it 6-4 not that much later (11:45 into the final frame, to be exact):

And then Clutterbuck scored that empty-netter.

So, beyond those franchise record-tying stats mentioned earlier, here are a couple other quick notes from that mind-numbing third period:

  • The Islanders scored four goals to make it 4-3 in less than five and a half minutes
  • The Canucks tied it … for 10 seconds.
  • New York’s game-winning and insurance goals came about a minute and a half apart.
  • Lack allowed six goals on 15 shots.


After a recent loss, Kevin Bieksa wondered “if this isn’t rock bottom, I don’t know what is.” That answer is pretty clear after this loss.

(At least they hope so.)

  1. c9castine - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Haha wow. The Canucks literally have self destructed.

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Will Ol’ Grumpypants Torts make it to the end of the season?

  3. AppealToReason - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Its time to burn the team down this time.

    • pugsley927 - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:08 AM

      i’m sure the fan base can help, they are good at burning things down….like their own city following Game 7 losses.

  4. jhaegs - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Eddie Lack (of skill)…

    • koredan - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      He has skill. What he doesn’t have is experience. He shouldn’t be in this position yet, but with both Schneider and Luongo gone, who else is there? Poor kid’s development is going to be screwed all to hell.

  5. jovocop2112 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    13 goals against in 2 games. Sure makes me miss good ol’ Strombo…

    In all seriousness its a pity the Canucks havent done this all year “We’re bad for Ekblad’ has a catchy ring to it and at least would imply the organisation had any sort of goal for the year

    • bcisleman - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      Has BobbyLu been tweeting about this?

    • blomfeld - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      hey scum breath … your boyfriend gave up 5 x goals the other night … Florida’s nightmares haven’t even started yet, but then they do it’s going to make Vancouver’s current woes look like candy floss ! … so eat ‘S’ you loser !

      • ironyisadeadscene - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:25 AM

        What do you care, you are a kings fan

      • nightfireop - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        …and please don’t equate all kings fans like blombfield, his actions are his own.

      • nightfireop - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        …and please don’t equate all kings fans like blombfield, his actions are his own.
        (not saying you are, but he seems to be the only ‘kings fan’ that’s really out there)

      • wingsdjy - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Where’s the Elvis video? Did you run out?

      • jovocop2112 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Hey Blomfield, long-time ‘hater’ first time caller, I’m honored you chose my post to ‘troll’ on. I will happily eat the ‘S’ off my Canucks jersey if it ensures Gillis gets fired. Heck, I’ll eat it in a Anze Kopitar jersey if it means I can personally give Gillis ‘the axe’ and ‘bring in’ John Stevens!

      • blomfeld - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Jovocop – sorry friend, as I was very ‘angry’ yesterday … I’ve always had an acute aversion to people ‘piling on’ when a person, place or thing is going through a rough patch … of course I’m a King’s fan and all, however I do sympathize with someone like Eddie Lack in his current predicament … I’m glad to hear that you also detest Mike Gillis, who in my opinion is the biggest problem here in Vancouver … be good and God speed … Blomfeld

  6. bcisleman - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    I know this is about VAN self-destructing but this is bound to give the Isles their confidence back after their own coach said they might feel cursed.

  7. gertrudegoat - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    As long as Wang & Snow run (ruin)the Isles, they will remain cursed.

  8. canucks30 - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Can we ban Blomfeld yet?

  9. canucks30 - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Can we ban Blomfeld yet?

  10. bencia823 - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:37 AM


  11. kingsfan93 - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:40 AM

    I don’t know where to start about this joke of a team that Canucks are.

    This is just funny to see the Canucks getting lit up now that R. Luongo is gone.

    Eddid Lack showing some real promises of why he shouldn’t be a starting goalie.

    Bieska said it all “If this isn’t rock bottom, I don’t know what is.”

    Think those Sedin sisters gonna save the Canucks because they won’t.

    M. Gillis and Co. are a bunch of tools.

    Well if any hope for this team would be, I hope that minor rebuild witht he few prospects in the making for the Canucks turnout well. That this team needs some refreshing presents.

  12. charlieconway96 - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    Excuse me Mr Bieksa, what was that you were saying about a sunken ship?

  13. pugsley927 - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:09 AM

    Love It

  14. jl9830 - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Good thing Vancouver has traded both Schneider AND Luongo in the past ~9 months. Good grief. Torts has had a horrible year, but Gillis really needs to go as well.

  15. imgoingtowichita - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!

    Maybe time for Gilles to blow it up. Oh, that’s right, missed by a week.

  16. withseidelinn - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    The Canucks are the new Leafs of 5 years ago.

  17. isphet71 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    What’s the big deal about giving up 7? It’s only a touchdown. It’s not like they gave up a 2 point conversion, too.

    Seriously, 7 goals in one period is as bad as I have ever heard, especially in this era where 3-4 goals wins most games and the league has only a handful of 50 goal scorers a year at best.

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