Trapped in an unchecked cycle, Canucks’ free fall accelerates with each new loss

Needing to show something, the Vancouver Canucks showed nothing on Wednesday. Actually, maybe what they showed is they are who they appear to be.

Losers in six of their previous seven games, starting another road trip, with a debacle in Denver still fresh from the start of their last road trip, the Canucks failed utterly to compete in the first period of what turned into another dispiriting loss – 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The main difference from their 7-1 embarrassment against the Colorado Avalanche 13 nights earlier is that Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko was sensational and the Penguins didn’t finish like the Avalanche did. Until the second period.

Outshot 13-4 in the first 12 minutes, the Canucks eventually made too many mistakes for Demko to save them as the Penguins scored three goals in the second period to cruise to an easy victory against a Vancouver team that has been outscored 23-7 over four straight road losses.

The Canucks did not get a puck past Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry until Bo Horvat’s sensational solo effort with 5:08 remaining, ending Vancouver’s goal-less streak at 147 minutes and 58 seconds – just under two-and-a-half hours.

The loss dropped the Canucks to 6-12-2 at the quarter-mark of their National Hockey League season. Yes, they have been that bad.

Where heart thou

For his first three seasons in charge, coach Travis Green over-delivered with the roster he had. The Canucks definitely weren’t great…

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