After a one-game outburst — five goals for counts as an outburst, right? — against the New York Rangers two days ago, the Canucks lost 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, concluding a six-game road trip with only a single win.
Scoring difficulties persist. Their coach, Willie Desjardins, remains on the hot seat with the Canucks sitting with a record of 5-9-1 following that improbable 4-0 start.
The positives are few and far between for the Canucks.
The play of rookie defenseman Troy Stecher is one of the very few things to be optimistic about. Daniel and Henrik Sedin worked their magic to score a beautiful goal versus the Red Wings.
And Ryan Miller made a spectacular desperation diving save to rob the Red Wings of a fourth goal.
With the Canucks net empty, Henrik Zetterberg fired the puck toward the goal only to have Miller dive back, throw his arm up and snag the puck in his glove.
The Canucks now return to Vancouver to play the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
OK, so it wasn’t a perfect night for the Boston Bruins.
Colin Miller accidentally scored into his own net off a faceoff, but by then the Bruins were comfortably ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and all that own goal did was make the score look a tad bit more respectable for the visitors.
The gaffe didn’t matter. The Bruins won for the fourth time in the past six games, defeating the Blue Jackets 5-2. They erupted for four goals in just over four minutes in the first period, chasing Sergei Bobrovsky from the net.
But it appears The Great One — who admits he usually only skates about once a year — will indeed return to the outdoor ice at Busch Stadium for the Winter Classic alumni game between former players from the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 31.
On Thursday, the Blues released their roster for the event. Gretzky headlines the list of players, despite playing only 31 games combined between regular season and playoffs for the Blues during the 1995-96 campaign.
Here is the Blues alumni roster, as of Nov. 10:
— Bruce Affleck
— Martin Brodeur
— Jeff Brown
— Garth Butcher
— Gino Cavallini
— Paul Cavallini
— Kelly Chase
— Dallas Drake
— Bernie Federko
— Wayne Gretzky
— Brett Hull
— Barret Jackman
— Mike Liut
— Al MacInnis
— Chris Mason
— Scott Mellanby
— Adam Oates
— Larry Patey
— Chris Pronger
— Jamie Rivers
— Bryce Salvador
— Ed Staniowski
— Peter Stastny
— Keith Tkachuk
— Pierre Turgeon
— Terry Yake
— Scott Young
Bruins light up the Blue Jackets, chase Bobrovsky from the net