I’m trying to look for a silver lining in the Canucks’ 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. I’d like to say that they at least outplayed the Jackets, only to be outplayed by rookie goaltender Steve Mason. Or that they’ve bounced back after back-to-back losses to the Calgary Flames.
The Canucks weren’t good. Well, maybe they were in the third period, but they still squandered a 2-1 lead with only 11 minutes left in the game. The powerplay connected twice – which matched their total from the last week and a half – but the team also gave the Jackets 8 chances of their own on the powerplay, including 3 in the first period alone. Curtis Sanford was good stopping all 11 shots he faced in the first 20 minutes, but then he left after his back gave out.
The Canucks have now lost three games in a row, the second time this season they’ve “accomplished” that feat. (Coincidentally, the first time this happened was back in October and the third loss was also against Columbus.) It’s not pretty in Canucksland, and with a back-to-back against the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild coming up, it could get downright ugly.