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Canucks Get Shutout In Philly

The Canucks dropping in standings didn’t stop Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia as they fell 2-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers goalie Steve Mason made his first start in four games and put forward a stellar 36 save performance. The Canucks also got strong goaltending from Jacob Markstrom who started in place of Ryan Miller.

The Canucks came out firing in the first period, outshooting Philly 12-4 in the first 13:32 of the period.

With Mason’s strong goaltending, the home team got on the board first when Michael Raffl scored his fourth on the year at the 16:45 mark of the first.

The Canucks came close to equalizing in the second period on a golden opportunity courtesy of Alexandre Burrows.

The Flyers got Sean Couturier’s insurance goal with 2:50 left in the third period. Wayne Simmonds got the puck off a give-and-go with Jakub Voracek and fired a shot from the left circle that Markstrom stopped, but Couturier tapped in the rebound from the right post. It was his fifth goal on the year.

Over their recent losing streak, the Canucks have not managed to bury many scoring chances. They have scored one goal or fewer five times in the past 10 games and have been shut out four times in that span.

“That’s law of averages,” Burrows said. “You have to believe that those ones that are staying out right now are going to come in bunches later on.”

After the game the Canucks were mostly focused on Henrik Sedin’s health. He left early in the second period with a lower body injury.

“It’ll get tougher,” Desjardins said, if Sedin is out an extended period of time. “But it’ll give other guys a chance in maybe different roles. You never know. … Your only choice is to go ahead and keep going. That’s what we’re supposed to do and that’s what we have to do.”

Up next: The Canucks visit the motor city Friday afternoon for a matchup with the Detroit Red Wings

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