Canucks close out homestand 0
Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw (65) scores against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) and forward Alexandre Burrows (14) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 2-1. (ANNE-MARIE SORVIN/USA TODAY SPORTS)
For a moment there, it looked as if the Vancouver Canucks had put their scoring woes behind them.
It seemed they had finally managed to turn their game around, making their losing ways a thing of the past.
Then the third period happened Saturday, where the team gave up two goals in nine seconds to the Chicago Blackhawks. And just like that, the Canucks add another tally to the loss column while having to explain why they managed just one goal despite 37 shots.
The team split their weekend tilt — first in a 6-2 rout over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday before falling to their rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1 on Saturday.
"We beat ourselves there," Canucks head coach John Tortorella said after the latest loss. "We did a lot of good things.
"We got to keep on banging away at it."
The victory against Columbus snapped a five-game losing skid while the defeat drops Vancouver to a 1-2-2 record through their six-game homestand.
They look to close out the miserable stretch on home ice Monday when the Los Angeles Kings come into town — a team that have now lost two straight in overtime, including a 1-0 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
Despite having lost goalie Jonathan Quick for an extended period of time to an injury, Ben Scrivens has been phenomenal. In his last six starts, the former Toronto Maple Leafs netminder has given up just seven goals with two shutouts.
This season, he is 5-1-3 with a 1.37 goals against average and a .946 save percentage — ranked first and second overall in the league respectively.
Monday's game is the second meeting this season between the Canucks and Kings, after the latter won 5-1 at home two weeks ago.