The Vancouver Canucks appear to be lagging. Since the playoffs are underway, this is not good.
They didn’t show much fight during their 3-1 loss to San Jose in Game 1 of their series. It didn’t help that No. 1 goaltender Cory Schneider was sidelined by what the team calls a “body” injury.
Schneider will miss Game 2, too. But what about his big-name teammates? Will they show up?
“A lot of us have to put in that extra five per cent, to get those better scoring chances,” winger Daniel Sedin told reporters. “We didn’t have enough great chances. It takes a little more, yes. Not much, but yes. At this time of year? More.”
Coach Alain Vigneault knows the old saying: You best players have to be your best players this time of the season. That was not the case in Game 1.
“We have to find a way to be better,” Vigneault told reporters. “Not just with the twins, with everybody. There were some good moments . . . but I think – I don’t think, I know – our top guys can play better than they did tonight.”