Frustration is mounting late in games for the Canucks.
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Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Red Wings hurt in more than just the standings for the Canucks. The game went down as yet another blown opportunity, as the Canucks originally led, 2-0, in the game. Detroit scored two third-period goals to tie the game, then won it in overtime.
The loss marked the third time this season when the Canucks blew a lead to lose the game, and Saturday's loss was the second blown game in as many affairs. It's understandable, then, that frustration is mounting for the Canucks.
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“This time was a two-goal cushion, not just one, and we still couldn’t get it done,” winger Radim Vrbata told reporters Saturday. “It’s frustrating, a concern for everyone. Maybe when it happens a couple of times, then it’s back in your mind. But the first two periods we played great. We played the way we wanted and going into the third with a two-goal lead, I don’t know why we can’t close it out or make it 3-0 so we don’t have to worry about this.”
Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre suggested that coach Willie Desjardins could be giving the aging Sedin twins too many minutes, leaving them tired and vulnerable to mistakes at the end of the game. As MacIntyre reported, Henrik Sedin is averaged 20:16 of ice time this season while Daniel Sedin is just behind at 19:58.
Neither Sedin was on the ice when Detroit's Gustav Nyquist scored the game-winning goal Saturday night, but it is an interesting storyline for the Canucks and their fans to follow.