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Canucks' Garrison has more in his game to give 0

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

Canucks' Jason Garrison (left) is starting to put up points again. (REUTERS)

Canucks' Jason Garrison (left) is starting to put up points again. (REUTERS)

After bursting out of the gates with seven points in his first eight games, Canucks defenceman Jason Garrison made me a believer that this would be the year he could possibly take a run at some juicier offensive numbers.

I actually drudged up name of the recently retired Adrian Aucoin and embarrassingly wondered in this column if the record 23 goals by the former Canucks blueliner was actually reachable.

Certainly not this year and not any time soon was my answer.

The Canucks first power play-goal of the season came at the nine-minute mark of the first period in their first game against the one team you'd especially want to make pay with the extra man — the San Jose Sharks.

The scoring summary looked exactly how you'd want it to look. PP Goal, J. Garrison (slap shot) from H. Sedin and D. Sedin.

Then, like the tiny yodelling mountain climber on the Price Is Right, the production of the former Richmond Sockeye suddenly fell off a cliff.

Over the next 16 games there would be no booming blast from the blade of No. 5 — instead just three assists and the label of streaky.

While it seems most people are waiting for a trade cure, it's more likely that each individual on the Canucks will have to dig a bit deeper to bust a slump in a 2-1 league.

It starts with Garrison, whose six points in his last five games has served notice to his coach who's said all along there's more to give in his game.



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