Grant Kerr describes the Canuck loss against the Red Wings last night as it seems that nothing has changed since their last encounter five days ago.
“The Detroit Red Wings used a familiar blend of speed and skill to frustrate the Vancouver Canucks for the second time in four days Sunday, again winning the NHL game 3-2,” said Kerr.
“Jiri Hudler scored the winning goal late in the second period on a brilliant individual effort as surging Detroit, with five consecutive wins, continues to lead the Western Conference with an 9-2-1 record for 19 points.”
“Vancouver dropped to 5-7 by losing for the fifth time in six home games at General Motors Place.”
"When you're playing before your home crowd, there's no excuse for losing games," said Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo. "We had a good effort, but that's not good enough.
"The worst thing you can do is be happy with the effort after a loss. We worked hard, but it wasn't enough. That was the bottom line."
Kerr said, “Vancouver continued to struggle in the face-off circle. The Canucks went into the game ranked last in the league by winning only 42.5 per cent of their draws. Detroit was first at 55.5 per cent.”
The Province, lists a few things to keep an eye out for in attempts to find that team chemistry back.
“Raymond out of time?”
“Trevor Linden was spotted on the power play with Henrik and Daniel Sedin and also played at even strength in place of rookie Mason Raymond.
Brad Isbister was a third-period linemate with the twins while Raymond, with one assist in nine games, was benched in the third. Is he running out of NHL audition time?”
“Learning the Hard Way”
“The league's best puck-possession team [Detroit Red Wings] moved smartly in five-man units with close puck support offensively and defensively. Their short, crisp passes at speed are something the Canucks need to emulate in a hurry.”
“Lift from ‘Bra-Barian’?”
“Winger Jeff Cowan, who has missed seven games with a hip-flexor injury, has skated for the past four days and expects to be ready to face Nashville on Thursday at GM Place. It will give coach Alain Vigneault the option of sitting out an under-performing forward and injecting some new life into his attack.”
THE VANCOUVER SUN
Canucks sink to new lows
Elloit Pap writes about the lack of improvement when a sense of urgency was created weeks ago.
“Back at GM Place after a 2-2-0 road swing, the Canucks tumbled 3-2 Sunday to the Detroit Red Wings for their third straight home-ice defeat and fifth in six games this sorry-looking season,” said Pap.
“Even worse, the 5-7-0 Canucks have now slipped into a share of last place in the Northwest Division with the Edmonton Oilers, who came from behind in Anaheim. Only Phoenix and Nashville have fewer points in the Western Conference than the Canucks' lowly 10.”
"Our home record surprising? I don't know if surprise is the word," said Canuck netminder Roberto Luongo, who has suffered all seven losses. "It's disappointing. There are no excuses for losing games.”
Pap said, “after two disastrous games in the faceoff circle in which they won just 35 per cent of the draws, the Canucks "improved" to 48 per cent. They also increased their shot total from the 15 they had last Wednesday to 29.”