Canucks can't win, even for pride
Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog clears the puck from Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa during the first period at Rogers Arena Thursday. (REUTERS)
That, folks, was what playing for pride looks like — for those who actually tuned in to watch.
Thursday night’s game at Rogers Arena was the first time in a long time that the Vancouver Canucks were in a meaningless game.
Having been eliminated from contention three nights earlier, followed by a pair of eventful days that saw their general manager fired and a new president hired, the Canucks couldn’t lift their spirits in the dressing room.
Instead, a 4-2 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche gives them five losses in six games.
Tyson Barrie potted the winner with less than eight minutes to go as the defenceman made a sweet toe-drag on a two-on-one before finishing.
With post-season hopes dashed, the Canucks gave goalie Jacob Markstrom his first start with the team after being acquired in the Roberto Luongo deal. He made 24 saves.
The two sides swapped goals in the first period as Henrik Sedin and Paul Stastny found the back of the net. Stastny added another in the third before David Booth equalized, setting the stage for Barrie’s tally. John Mitchell added the empty netter.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 38 of 40 shots for the Avs.
The Canucks will face Edmonton on the road Saturday before closing out their season Sunday at home. That match against the Flames will see the Canucks induct former general manager and coach Pat Quinn into the club’s Ring of Honour in a special pre-game ceremony.