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Canucks come home with a positive mindset after a winless trip

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Vancouver — The Vancouver Canucks are back at home and don’t panic after going winless in their first five games of the season.

They started off with a 0-3-2 road trip, followed by back-to-back 4-3 overtime losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday and the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Vancouver is the only team in the NHL not to win a game, having lost the lead in all five games.

But coach Bruce Boudreau is trying to focus on the positive after the Canucks’ season started with three straight losses.

” [Stanley Cup Playoffs] Unless you’re playing baseball, you can’t win in October. “

The Canucks started the season with a 3–0 lead against the Edmonton Oilers on October 12, but gave up five straight goals in a 5–3 loss. He then took a two-goal lead against the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and Columbus, becoming the first team in NHL history to lose four straight after each holding a multi-goal lead. I was.

They’re either tied or leading into the third period of every game, including Thursday’s 3-2.

Boudreau, who is just six games away with 599 wins in the NHL until last season’s finale, called his team “mentally weak” after surrendering a two-goal lead against the Capitals on Monday. Since Friday he said he had seen improvement in two games.

He will try again for No. 600 in Saturday’s Canucks home opener against the Buffalo Sabers at Rogers Arena (10pm ET, CBC, SNO, SNP, MSG-B, ESPN+, SN NOW) To do.

“We’ve been through parenting where you parented them tough and then you put them back,” Boudreau said. No. Every match we’ve played so far, we’ve been there until the end, but in the last seven minutes of the third round, we weren’t bouncing back in our own way.

“We haven’t had that kind of luck, but to be doing so much better than we were a week ago, and to be doing better than we were two weeks ago, is really exciting at that continued pace. About the future.”

Special teams played a big part in the winless start. Penalty kills, which he also struggled with early last season, ranks 31st in the NHL at 58.8%. The power play saw him score two goals in 19 chances before allowing his two shortstops in his hand that tied the game, placing him 25th in the league with 10.5%.

“We pride ourselves on gaining momentum and making a difference. Many games in the NHL boil down to penalty killings and power plays. JT mirrorrespectively.

The Power Play, who finished ninth in the NHL last season with 23.5%, had chances to lead the Canucks in the final six minutes of the third period in each of their last two games, but failed to convert. But Miller thinks it’s headed in the right direction.

“I did everything I could to score with the two chances I had in the last game.” [in Minnesota], especially the last one,” said Miller. we believe in it. “

Miller, who has signed a seven-year, $56 million contract that starts next season on Sept. 6, has three points (two goals and one assist) in five games, but after being off the ice, he has fallen to a team-worst minus five. It’s becoming against his first nine goals.

“It felt like the last few games, actually starting to feel more comfortable,” Miller said.

As for the rest of the Canucks, Miller echoed Boudreau’s sentiments.

“It’s not that bad,” said Miller. “It’s been five games and whether people are aware or not, we’re heading in the right direction. We have a lot of faith. It’s bright out there. We’re excited to play.” is doing. [Saturday]I can’t wait to go home.

“not falling [in the locker room]We’ve had some depressing moments on the road trip, but that’s what makes us stronger in the end, and it’s important to get through it.”