Lightning 4, Canucks 3: Vancouver should cease having brutal second durations

Errors ended up being the distinction within the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday

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Good groups don’t make mountains of errors.

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They simply don’t.

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And proper now the Vancouver Canucks are making too many errors.

On the NHL stage, errors usually find yourself behind your internet.

Errors ended up being the distinction within the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday at Amalie Area in Tampa, Fla.

Tampa’s first and fourth targets each concerned dangerous defensive reads by veteran defenceman Tyler Myers.

Tampa is just too good a staff to present them additional area or alternatives.

You can also’t lose the defensive plot within the impartial zone for a complete interval, which the Canucks did within the second interval.

For the second recreation in a row, the Canucks have been overrun within the second interval.

And so the Canucks will probably be upset to lose as they did.

They performed a succesful recreation on the evening. They have been trailing after one interval, however took a deserved 2-1 lead early within the second.

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And their third interval, as they battled to get again into the sport after giving up their lead, was strong.

However these gaffes, and that interval, are the story.

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Jonas Johansson of the Tampa Bay Lightning stops a shot from Akito Hirose of the Vancouver Canucks first interval at Amalie Area on October 19, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. Picture by Mike Ehrmann /Getty Pictures

Finding out the second

The Canucks gave up 22 photographs in second on Tuesday, a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

They gave up 18 within the second to the Lightning.

It doesn’t matter how good your goalie is: that’s not adequate.

Defending the impartial zone

The Canucks have been nice within the season opening controlling the impartial zone.

They have been horrible on Tuesday.

While you watch the Michael Eyssimont aim within the second interval, which tied the sport at 2, you may see how Conor Garland takes a foul line and is totally misplaced at sea in serving to his defencemen be aggressive within the impartial zone.

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Myers offers away

Myers’ weird play within the first interval, forward of the Nick Paul game-opening aim, overshadowed every thing else he did within the recreation, together with his second-period aim.

With the prospect to clear the puck, Myers rushed and put the puck on Steven Stamkos’ stick as a substitute of discovering the acres of area up the center of the ice.

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That was the primary aim.

Certain, he hammered residence a aim within the second interval to present his staff a lead, however that was once more overwhelmed by dangerous reads and execution.

Together with his staff needing kill off an important third-period energy play, Myers received caught chasing up the boards after which fell on high of Elias Pettersson, creating an enormous three-on-two down low, which ended with Tampa’s fourth aim of the sport.

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In the meantime, throughout the Everglades…

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his first aim as a Florida Panther proper across the similar time as Myers was giving the puck away, wiring a degree shot residence because the Panthers hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amerant Financial institution Area in Dawn, Fla.

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The Canucks are in Florida on Saturday.

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J.T. Miller of the Vancouver Canucks and Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning battle for the puck first interval throughout a recreation at Amalie Area on October 19, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. Picture by Mike Ehrmann /Getty Pictures

On target

Probably the most constant line this season has been the one with J.T. Miller — after which they received two targets due to their efforts.

Miller batted within the Canucks’ third of the evening, getting his staff into vary late.

And Brock Boeser has his capturing palms again.

The veteran winger now has 5 targets on the season.

He wants 25 extra to get to 30 for the primary time in his profession. There are 78 video games left.

He’ll have to attain at just below his profession fee of 0.36 targets per recreation to get to the goal.

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