Facing the Arizona Coyotes, losers of 10 straight heading into Thursday and in the battle for the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, the Vancouver Canucks looked to have two points just waiting for them.
All they had to do was put in the time, take them, and move on to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
Instead, the Coyotes came away with a 3-2 shootout victory after the Canucks got off to a horrendous first-period start and needed a third-period comeback just to earn the single point. Against a team that is in a quick spiral down the Western Conference standings, the Canucks were guilty of some egregious turnovers and Eddie Lack was forced to make some huge saves in overtime.
Just seven days before their loss in Arizona, the Canucks were beaten in Buffalo.
In a playoff race, teams can’t afford to throw away points against lesser opponents. In seven days…
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