There's no excuse for ghastly giveaway, says Kevin Bieksa
Defenceman admits he 'just made a bad play, as Avalanche beats Vancouver in regulation time for the first time in 21 games
DENVER – After taking a pounding from the Colorado Avalanche's forecheck, Kevin Bieksa was still pinned against the boards in the dressing room after the game waiting for reporters to deliver their hits.
But the Canuck defenceman fended them off with honesty, answering without excuses for his ghastly giveaway that put his team down early and characterized Vancouver's sloppy play in this afternoon's 4-3 loss.
“At the end of the day, we've got to be responsible with the puck,” Bieksa said. “There's not one excuse I can think of on that play, other than I made a bad play.”
The play came less than two minutes after the opening faceoff when Bieksa spun away from a forechecker to give himself time and space with the puck deep in the Canucks' zone. Incomprehensibly, he fed it softly and directly into the slot to Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, who quickly shot it past netminder Cory Schneider for an unassisted goal and 1-0 Avalanche lead.
Colorado beat Vancouver in regulation time for the first time in 21 games and nearly 3½ years.
“I just kind of assumed when I saw (Landeskog's) stick that it was our guy,” Bieksa said. “But obviously you can't make assumptions like that when you're in our end. It's a tough play to give Schneids his first shot of the game. Obviously, I don't feel too good about that play and it's my fault.
“It just seems there were a few brain cramps because we also made some good reads defensively and made some good plays. The strength of our team is when we're playing good in our end and we're playing from the net out.”
The Canucks are headed to Nashville, where they play the Predators Monday in the mid-point of Vancouver's five-game road trip.
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