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Canucks Must Improve Their Play

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

One night after their perturbing effort against the Ducks, the Canucks did check off a few more boxes against the Oilers but if they think what they offered is good enough, they're delusional.

Oh the goaltending with Roberto Luongo was better, even if that juicy little storyline isn't going anywhere. The team game was also improved and, if the Canucks converted on a couple of third-period power plays, the conversation about this team has a different tone.

But two games in, a couple of patterns have emerged which, given everything that's going on with the goalies, Ryan Kesler and David Booth, is distressing. Prior to the start of this 48-game sprint there were questions about the Canucks' scoring after the Sedins, there were questions about their forward depth, there were questions about the awkward Schneider-Luongo partnership and how it would play out. And they haven't begun to answer any of those questions.

“We obviously had a major improvement from (Saturday) night so it was a good sign,” said Luongo. “I thought we deserved to win.”

Yes, there was a lot of that going around after the game.

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