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Canucks taking postives from 6-3 loss in Dallas

Radim Vrbata, Trevor Daley, Cody Eakin, Kari Lehtonen

Vancouver Canucks’ Radim Vrbata (17), of the Czech Republic, scores on a shot against Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32), of Finland, as Cody Eakin (20) and Trevor Daley (6) help defend during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


The Vancouver Canucks are still feeling good about themselves -- even after losing two straight, including a 6-3 defeat Tuesday in Dallas that the Stars led, 5-0, after just 21:17.

Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis was asked yesterday on TSN 1040 radio (audio) about the difference between Tuesday’s loss in Dallas and the one the Canucks suffered on March 6 in Dallas, a 6-1 “rock bottom” drubbing that was considered one of the low points of a 2013-14 season that didn’t have many high ones.

“I thought our team was really resilient,” said Hamhuis of Tuesday’s effort. “I’m not saying we weren’t last year*, but...when we were down 3-0, 4-0 our team just kept pushing. I thought that was a really good sign that we just continued to play confidently, and we kept coming at them even though the score was getting away from us a bit. I was really proud of our guys.”

[*He was totally saying that.]

The Canucks ended up out-shooting the Stars, 46-28. And while it was only natural for Dallas to sit back with a big lead, it’s worth noting that Vancouver (3-2-0) has outshot its opponent in all five of its games this season.

Via, the Canucks rank fourth in the league in score-close Corsi:


*Yes, it’s still early and sample sizes are small.
**Yes, two of Vancouver’s game were against Edmonton, and another was against Calgary.

The Canucks are in St. Louis tonight for a tough road game against the Blues. They’re in Colorado tomorrow to take on the struggling Avs.

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