An inauspicious 0-2 start to the Canucks seven-game road trip is not the only cause for growing concern among some Canucks fans. More disconcerting, perhaps, is the Canucks’ frustrating inability to put teams to the sword when the opportunity arises.
Last Thursday, at home against the Flames, the Canucks squandered a two-man advantage in the second period. At that point, the Canucks were up 2-1 and could have easily made it 3-1. Instead, the Flames were ignited and went on to win the game 4-3.
Last night, on the road against Columbus, the Canucks were up 2-1 in the third period when Daniel Sedin was gifted with a clear-cut breakaway courtesy of an exquisite stretch pass from brother Henrik. Daniel proceeded to fire the puck directly into the pads of Blue Jackets goalie, Steve Mason. The Blue Jackets then answered back with two goals in the final 11 minutes to win the game, 3-2.
A lot of pundits like to wax ecstatic about the Canucks supposedly anemic offence (the Canucks are actually 10th overall in team scoring) and, correspondingly, their dependence on spectacular goaltending from Roberto Luongo.
The fact of the matter, though, is that in the eyes of an every game observer the Canucks most glaring deficiency is a lack of killer instinct. Quite simply, the Canucks are exceedingly profligate when it comes to burying chances to put teams away.