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Canucks Blow Three-Goal Lead, Hit Rock Bottom

With a 3-0 lead on the road in Montreal, the Canucks were well on their way to beating the best team in the league, but everything that could possibly go wrong happened.

David Desharnais scored 3:25 into overtime and the Montreal Canadiens overcame a three-goal deficit for a 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Bell Centre on Monday.

The theme of giving up late third period leads has been a ongoing issue, and for a young Canucks team, they must learn on the fly before the season slips away.

Desharnais one-timed a pass from Subban past Jacob Markstrom to end the Canadiens’ two-game losing streak (0-1-1).

The Canucks opened up the scoring early at the 1:26 mark of the first period when Adam Cracknell notched his third goal on the season.

Before the second period, the Canucks added to their lead at 17:54 of the first period on a power play goal off the stick of Jared McCann.

Daniel Sedin increased the lead to 3-0 with the Canucks’ second power-play goal at 3:17 of the second period.

From that point on, the unfazed Canadiens mounted a furious comeback that absolutely stunned the Canucks.

Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty scored goals 2:13 apart midway through the second period to draw the Canadiens within 1 goal, and had the Canucks on edge heading into the third period.

The Canadienss eventually tied it up in the third period when Tomas Fleischman snapped a wrist shot top left corner to beat Markstrom with 3:08 left in the third period.

Coach Michel Theirren was very pleased with his team’s effort when asked about it after the game, and said it showed a lot about his team.

“To me this was a character win,” Therrien said. “It’s rare you can come back from a three-goal deficit, and the players were able to make that comeback happen.”

Canucks head coach Willie Desjardin felt the Canucks just got unlucky in the overtime period.

“It just seems that we’re getting caught,” Desjardins said. “We had a great chance, we missed the net, and it went around the other way, they got a 3-on-2 out of it. We score on that other one, we’re all happy, but we didn’t so we’re certainly disappointed again.”

The loss dropped the Canucks to 1-3-2 on their current seven game road trip.

Up next: The Canucks wrap up their road trip with a Wednesday afternoon match-up with the Winnipeg Jets starting at 4:30pm.


Written by: Hamed Amiri

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