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Canucks Fail to Build Momentum, Lose 4-3 On The Road

Canucks Fail to Build Momentum, Lose 4-3 On The Road

via Dallas Stars

The Canucks felt pretty good about themselves coming into Dallas after beating the then undefeated Montreal Canadiens 5-1 Tuesday night, but they failed to build on that momentum Thursday night.

All season long, the Canucks have failed to protect late third period leads, which is a growing concern for a team trying to compete for one of the playoff spots in the tough western conference.

Jumping right into OT, Jamie Benn scored 2:28 into overtime and the Stars overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 at American Airlines Center. Benn, who also had an assist and leads the NHL with 17 points, scored the game-winner with a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller top shelf to his short side.

With the new 3-on-3 overtime format, teams have often gambled to make a play the other way, and when the puck doesn’t bounce the right way, the results usually end up being bad.

Dallas had the first 10 shots of the game, but the Canucks’ first shot on goal was a penalty shot after Alex Goligoski slashed Burrows on a breakaway at 11:48. Burrows scored on the first successful penalty shot in the league this season, firing a wrist shot from the slot that deflected off Niemi’s stick and through the five-hole.

At the 15:05 mark of the first period, Patrick Sharp scored off the rush after some crisp passing by Jyrki Jokipakka and Jason Spezza. Sharp then fired a wrist shot from the right point that beat Miller through the five-hole.

Heading into the second period all tied up at one a piece, the Canucks regained the lead at the 5:38 mark of the second when Alex Edler beat Niemi inside the far post with a power-play slap shot from the left point that went over the goaltender’s glove.

Late in the second the Canucks added to their lead when Radim Vrbata pounced on a rebound that Niemi gave off of a Daniel Sedin shot to make it 3-1 for the visitors.

Heading into the third period, down 3-1 the Stars slowly chipped away at the lead. At the halfway mark of the period, Jason Demers scored his second of the season to make it a 3-2 Canucks lead.

Canucks fans watching this game must have been saying “here we go again”.

Unfortunately for them at the 15:25 mark of the third period, off-season acquisition from the dreaded Chicago Blackhawks made it 3-3, eventually sending it to overtime once again for the Canucks.

The loss was the Canucks fourth overtime loss of the season which puts them in the lead in that category, and is something that must be addressed immediately by the coaching staff.

The Canucks seem to be coming out strong in the beginning of games but fail to sustain that same effort for a full 60 minutes.

Up Next: The Canucks visit the Arizona Coyotes for a Friday night matchup.


Written by: Hamed Amiri

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