Canucks prove once again they are a long way from their halcyon days

 

 
 
 
 
Vancouver Canucks look dejected after late 3rd period goal by the Chicago Blackhawks went in the their net, losing the game 3-2 in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
 
 

Vancouver Canucks look dejected after late 3rd period goal by the Chicago Blackhawks went in the their net, losing the game 3-2 in Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.

Photograph by: Mark van Manen, Vancouver Sun

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The last time the Vancouver Canucks lost eight consecutive games, it was 2009 and the team was still clearly on the rise. Today, not so much.

With their unsuccessful mix of players too old and too young and in the middle of an injury crisis, the Canucks rallied twice Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks but still lost 3-2 to extend the National Hockey League team’s longest losing streak in more than seven years.

With most of the Canucks most experienced players on the ice, Blackhawk Andrew Ladd shot post-and-in from Jonathan Toews’ drop pass to cap an outnumbered rush and break a 2-2 tie with 2:37 remaining in the third period.

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The Blackhawks, ambling through the stretch drive so leisurely they are in danger of becoming a wildcard team, looked like an inspired team early on. Of course, the Canucks have made the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets appear inspired, too, recently.

But Chicago was the faster, more dangerous team and it seemed only a matter of time before the Blackhawks led. That time was 17:42 of the first period. Long after Canuck Bo Horvat lost a faceoff and Sven Baertschi couldn’t work the puck out of his own zone, Tomas Fleischmann was left open in the high slot to collect a pass and wrist a shot into the top corner behind goalie Ryan Miller.

As strong as Jello these days but less resilient, the Canucks looked almost ready to concede down 1-0. After all, they’d been shut out in four of the previous five games during their 0-6-1 losing streak, so playing from behind and needing to actually, you know, score was a daunting prospect.

But after surviving another poor stretch early in the second period, the Canucks snatched a tying goal out of nowhere at 11:29.

Winger Alex Burrows, who knows his decade with the Canucks is likely near its end, headed straight to the net on a line change and arrived in the slot just in time to swat Linden Vey’s centring lob past Blackhawk goalie Scott Darling. Burrows, who never much advertised his love of the Boston Red Sox while in Vancouver, showed great hand-eye coordination in batting in Vey’s sinker.

It was Burrows’ second goal at Rogers Arena this season. The other came against Chicago into an empty net on Nov. 21.

Having come from behind once, the Canucks put themselves in position to have to do it twice when a poor Vancouver line change contributed to Chicago’s go-ahead goal at 5:37 of the third period. With Vancouver defencemen Dan Hamhuis and Yannick Weber abandoned by Canuck forwards and left to play two-against-three in the defensive zone, the Blackhawks tic-tac-toed the puck for Teuvo Teravainen to one-time his team into a 2-1 lead.

But after failing on a four-minute power play, the Canucks tied it again anyway. On a jailbreak up the ice, Emerson Etem’s centring pass slid across the goalmouth for Sven Baertschi, with bod position on Teravainen, to tap in at 14:18.

But, in danger of winning, the Canucks found a way to lose for the 48th time this season.

THE DEBRIEF

The Canucks’ battle level was much higher than in some recent games and so was their resilience, as Vancouver twice overcame deficits. But after Sven Baertschi’s tying goal at 14:18 of the third period, the Canucks were caught on an outnumbered rush and Andrew Ladd scored the winner from Jonathan Toews’ drop pass with 2:27 remaining. Alex Burrows also scored for the Canucks, whose 0-7-1 losing streak is the longest in seven years.

BY THE NUMBERS

Burrows’ goal was his first this season at Rogers Arena against a goalie. … Canuck Emerson Etem had two assists, his first points in 15 games. … Vancouver outshot Chicago 15-10 in the third period but failed on a four-minute power play. … Blackhawk Andrew Shaw was 11-1 on faceoffs. … Canuck Jake Virtanen had four hits. … Vancouver is 14-12-13 in one-goal games this season and a league-worst 13-20-5 at home.

TRYAMKIN GROWING

In his seventh NHL game, six-foot-seven Canuck defenceman Nikita Tryamkin’s 21:01 of ice time included 1:26 of power-play time. He was deployed in front of the net on the second unit, and created an eclipse in front of Blackhawk goalie Scott Darling. Tryamkin finished with seven shot attempts and three hits, and buried Andrew Shaw late in the game with the Blackhawk whacked at a puck in the Canuck goalmouth.

MYTH SHATTERING

Goaltending and special teams, special teams and goaltending. As long as grown men have worn skates and stockings, the formula for NHL success has been good netminding, power plays and penalty killing. While the Canuck power play is 1-for-17 during this 0-7-1 losing streak, it has been offset but a PK unit that is 18-for-19. Goalies Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom have stopped 92.3 per cent of opposition shots, but still the Canucks can’t win.

NEXT UP

The San Jose Sharks visit Rogers Arena on Tuesday before the Canucks go to California for two games. The Sharks have already won twice in Vancouver the last eight weeks, outscoring the Canucks 7-3. But San Jose’s 4-2 loss Saturday against Dallas was its third straight at home, and the Sharks could be a tired team after facing the Los Angeles Kings Monday.

imacintyre@postmedia.com

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Vancouver Canucks look dejected after late 3rd period goal by the Chicago Blackhawks went in the their net, losing the game 3-2 in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
 

Vancouver Canucks look dejected after late 3rd period goal by the Chicago Blackhawks went in the their net, losing the game 3-2 in Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.

Photograph by: Mark van Manen, Vancouver Sun

 
Vancouver Canucks look dejected after late 3rd period goal by the Chicago Blackhawks went in the their net, losing the game 3-2 in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks  Linden Vey (7) battles the Chicago Blackhawks in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated after scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 27, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Vancouver Canucks  Alex Burrows 14,  in upended infront of the  the Chicago Blackhawks net in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks fans watch as the  Chicago Blackhawks Andrew Ladd celebrates winning 3rd period goal in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Ryan Miller, back, and Yannick Weber, of Switzerland, react after Chicago Blackhawks’ Teuvo Teravainen, of Finland, scored during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks fans show their support and colours for Patrik Kane 88 and  the Chicago Blackhawks during the warm up  in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks look dejected after late 3rd period goal by the Chicago Blackhawks went in the their net, losing the game 3-2 in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks Ryan Millert has puck get by him  as  the Chicago Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainen  scores in the 3rd period   in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks Bo Horvat and Matt Bartkowski   battle the Chicago Blackhawks Tomas Fleischmann   12 in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Nikita Tryamkin, left, of Russia, grabs the puck out of the air in front of Chicago Blackhawks’ Trevor van Riemsdyk during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, March 27, 2016.
Daniel Sedin #22 talks strategy with Nikita Tryamkin #88 of the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena March 27, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Ryan Miller, right, allows a goal to Chicago Blackhawks’ Teuvo Teravainen (not shown) as teammate Yannick Weber, of Switzerland, watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks' Sven Baertschi, left, of Switzerland, scores against Chicago Blackhawks' goalie Scott Darling, second right, as Teuvo Teravainen (86), of Finland, and Viktor Svedberg, right, of Sweden, defend during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday March 27, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks Captain Henrik Sedin is taken down infront of  the Chicago Blackhawks net in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Chicago Blackhawks’ Teuvo Teravainen, right, of Finland, scores against Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Ryan Miller during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks fans show their support for Henrik Sedin 33 during pre game before the Canucks battle the Chicago Blackhawks in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks Alex Burrows 14, battles the Chicago Blackhawks  Viktor Svedberg   43,in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks fans show their support and colours for Patrick Kane 88 and  the Chicago Blackhawks during the warm up  in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks Captain Henrik Sedin is taken down infront of  the Chicago Blackhawks net in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks Nikita Tryamkin  88 battles the Chicago Blackhawks Dennis Rasmussen   70 in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks Daniel and Henrik Sedin go down as they  battle the Chicago Blackhawks in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks  Linden Vey 7 battles the Chicago Blackhawks in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks  Linden Vey 7 battles the Chicago Blackhawks in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks Nikita Tryamkin    88, battles the Chicago Blackhawks Marcus Kruger   22 in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Vancouver  B.C.  March 27, 2016  Vancouver Canucks Ryan Miller has first goal of the game by Chicago Blackhawks get past him during 1st period action in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.       Mark van Manen /PNG Staff photographer   see Iain MacIntyre Vancouver Sun Jason Botchford Province Sports  News /and Web. stories.    00042415A [PNG Merlin Archive]
Vancouver Canucks Bo Horvat and Matt Bartkowski   battle the Chicago Blackhawks Tomas Fleischmann   12 in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.
Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save on Dale Weise #25 of the Chicago Blackhawks in front of Jannik Hansen #36 of the Canucks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 27, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Chicago won 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Vancouver  B.C.  March 27, 2016  Vancouver Canucks  Linden Vey 7 battles the Chicago Blackhawks in Rogers Arena  in Vancouver on March 27, 2016.       Mark van Manen /PNG Staff photographer   see Iain MacIntyre Vancouver Sun Jason Botchford Province Sports  News /and Web. stories.   Linden Vey  00042415A [PNG Merlin Archive]
 
 
 
 
 
 
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