Vancouver Canucks ‘Vrbat-trick’ Secures 5-2 Win: 3 Takeaways

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Dec 7, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Buffalo Sabres forward Nicolas Deslauriers (44) checks Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis (2) during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Defence Needs Help

We have known this all along, but it became apparent in Monday’s 5-2 win once again — the Canucks need help on defence. Mistakes happen, and at least one of the Sabres’ goals was a little bit lucky. But for the Canucks, defensive play like this is normality.

Matt Bartkowski had enough time for a breakout pass, but waited too long and turned the puck over, which then led to a 1-0 lead for Buffalo early in the third period. Ben Hutton is not to blame, but his attempt to force the puck out of the crease looks rather unfortunate as well. It’s what we are used to in Vancouver.

Then there was Buffalo’s goal that put the score to 4-2 early in the third. Dan Hamhuis does Hamhuis things, and Henrik Sedin can’t get the puck away from a falling Ryan O’Reilly.

What can be done about this? Probably not much right now. We will have to sit it out and wait for the younger players and prospects in the system to develop into more reliable defencemen.

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