Yoga session tonic for Canucks troops
This was a familiar sight Monday as Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was beaten eight times by the Detroit Red Wings. Vancouver hosts the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday. (Reuters)
Yoga has a way of re-energizing the body and mind.
So maybe it was fitting that Vancouver Canucks took in a half-hour session of the popular postures upon their return to the city Monday, especially after a long road-trip and a game to forget Sunday.
“It’s really relaxing,” Henrik Sedin said of the team’s alternative to going on the ice. “It’s great to get together as a team and doing it together. You feel extremely relaxed afterwards and it gets you to calm down. It gets you back to feeling good.”
Considering the words “embarrassing,” “disappointing,” and “far from good enough” were used by the Canucks to describe the thumping they took at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, there certainly is a need to feel good again.
But despite the 8-3 loss — which included a couple of late tallies to make it even more lopsided — the team made it clear Monday they are looking to move on and get ready for Tuesday’s home game.
“This kind of a season, you can’t really look too much back and you got to look ahead,” said Daniel Sedin, who has nine points in the last six games. “We’ll be better tomorrow.”
Added forward Max Lapierre: “That’s the plan. Whenever you win a game this year, or lose a game, you have to forget about it and focus on the next one. We’re in a good position in the standings right now so it’s a big game.”
The Phoenix Coyotes are in town for their first meeting with the 10-4-4 Canucks this season and have dropped two straight in their three-game swing up to Canada. Saturday, they lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Edmonton Oilers before falling 5-4 to the Calgary Flames on Sunday.
Sitting ninth in the Western Conference prior to last night’s games, the Coyotes — much like the Canucks — are coming off a poor defensive effort where they surrendered two goals in the final 90 seconds to the Flames.
“Every game you play now is tough,” Daniel said. “(They’re) well-coached, and really good defensively. It’s going to be a tight game. We’re going to have to be good from the start again and hopefully keep it going for 60 minutes.”
No Canucks coaches were made available Monday so there is no update on the status of defenceman Kevin Bieksa (lower body) and winger David Booth (flu). Neither played against Detroit.