Against the Florida Panthers on Monday, the Canucks won a game in which they were outworked. Against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, they lost a game they dominated.
C’est la vie, I guess.
The fact is, the team is playing better as the new players get acclimated with each other – an observation not lost on the coach.
For me, I thought it was our best game of the year. Except for the two 5-on-3s and two turnovers that led to goals [third period], we didn’t give them much. We created quite a few chances and couldn’t get the goal to really break them down. We missed a couple of open nets. They came back and made us pay for it.
Loss aside, it was encouraging to see the Canucks control the puck as much as they did against the Ducks, and perhaps the only criticism of the team’s play on Wednesday was their inability to convert on their chances. Perhaps not surprisingly, they’re expected to dress the same lineup for tonight’s rematch against the Los Angeles Kings.
I’m sure the results will come soon enough. In the meantime, if it ain’t broke, why fix it, eh?
Some pregame reading: