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It's Bad In Vancouver

10/23/2022 at 3:43am EDT

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

The Vancouver Canucks have never had a home-opener like this one. Has anybody?

In their first game in front of their paying fans, 11 days into a season in which everyone in the organization believes the National Hockey League playoffs are the baseline goal, the Canucks lost 5-1 Saturday to the Buffalo Sabres and were booed off the ice at Rogers Arena.

Three times late in a listless third period, when the Canucks barely competed despite trailing only 2-1 when it began, Vancouver jerseys had to be scraped off the ice after being discarded like trash by fans who have seen too many losses over too many seasons.

After a winless five-game road trip to start the year, the Canucks are 0-4-2. They have 40 home games remaining. Forty!

A jersey on the ice was the symbolic last straw for the Jim Benning-Travis Green era last season. Both were fired on Dec. 5, the evening after the Canucks came home from a long road trip and were beaten 4-1 by the Pittsburgh Penguins on a Hockey-Night-in-Canada Saturday night.

The new regime, headed by president Jim Rutherford and general manager Patrik Allvin, can’t possibly wait until December if this continues.

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Below, Rutherford after the game and the game highlights.

from Sportsnet,

Vancouver Canucks president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford did not offer much of a defence of Bruce Boudreau and the coaching staff after yet another ugly loss in the club's home opener on Saturday.

Appearing on After Hours with Scott Oake and John Garrett after the Canucks fell to 0-4-2 with a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, Rutherford was asked how all the injuries to his team's defence corps were affecting the team.

“When you have injuries, you've got to have next man up and have to be ready to go. I believe if our team has a really strong structure, you can play through those things," Rutherford said. "When you start talking about injuries, you’re admitting you’re a losing team. I don’t like it. I don’t like using that as an excuse. We all have to be better. We have to use the players we’ve got and we have to play within a stronger structure to make that game easier.”

continue and/or watch the After Hours segment...

Paul

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