The Vancouver Canuck’s must have been caught up in the spirit of the holiday, as guests of the Nashville Predators on Thanksgiving Thursday, they served up a rather fowl effort to the nights entertainment.
Appearing as though they had chowed down to a full course Turkey dinner just prior to game time, they plodded along as Nashville waxed them 6-0. The Canucks were terribly outplayed by the Predators, a point not lost on head coach Alain Vignault who called the shellacking a team loss. The game was quite the turn around from the night before when they were fully involved with the Red Wings and squeaked out a victory in the Motor City.
The plan Thursday, was to give Danny Sabourin the start, allowing Roberto Lunongo a night off, but by the mid point of the second period the white flag was up, the Canucks were down 5-0 and Luongo entered the game to give Sabourin some respite from the horrid play in front of him.
Despite injuries to Jason Arnott and Josef Vasieck, the rest of the Preds picked up their play with Scott Hartnell picking up two goals and an assist on the way to the victory. Tomas Vokoun was working on the shutout when he injured his hand at the end of the second period, he was replaced in the third by Bob Mason who preserved the goose egg, as both goaltenders combined to turn away 34 shots on the way to victory.
The Canucks will have to file this one off as a lost cause, there was nothing to build on over the sixty minutes of play, every single player seemed to have an off night. No one was picking up their checks, no one was making the key play at the right time and well six goals on 28 shots tells the story of the back end on Thursday.
The next stop for Vancouver is Colorado on Saturday night, Canuck fans are hoping that they aren’t packing any Turkey Sandwiches for the trip to Denver, any reminder of the Thanksgiving Day slaughter should kindly be left behind in Nashville.