The Vancouver Canucks showed on Monday that they have a pulse now they have to prove that their team is actually alive

With a 6-10-0 record and fourth worst win share in the National Hockey League, the Canucks have already made the Stanley Cup playoffs one long shot even with 40 games left

But they didn’t stand a chance like they played before Monday when Vancouver dominated the best team in the NHL for two periods before the Toronto Maple Leafs, who saved just seven shots over 40 minutes, scored twice in 11 seconds to win 3-1

It was the Canucks’ fifth straight defeat, but really their first as they looked like the urgent, direct, and motivated team that broke through in the playoff tournament last summer

After a listless 5-1 defeat in Toronto on Saturday after Thursday’s 7-3 embarrassment against the Leafs, Canucks goalkeeper Braden Holtby essentially called for an appeal to the team character All Appeared on Monday

“I don’t know if we could have played better in the first two periods,” said Canucks manager Travis Green. “Probably deserves to be awake I was happy with our team’s game tonight I wasn’t happy that we lost, but it looked a lot more like the team we want to be ”

Canucks striker Elias Pettersson said: “I think we still have a lot to do but it’s definitely a step in the right direction I know we have a lot more in us. It’s a good game but always not good enough yet ”

Pettersson’s power play wrister in the second half was the only shot of 32 that Toronto goalkeeper Frederik Andersen couldn’t save. There was no “likely” at the Canucks who deserved to advance to the third round

But with one win still available, the Maple Leafs rose like an elite team, scoring more goals in 11 seconds than the Canucks in 60 minutes. Auston Matthews was released in High Slot by Canucks center Jay Beagle and shot once under Holtby to break a 1-1 draw at 9:22

The next on ice in the middle, Canuck’s defender Quinn Hughes retreated with the puck in his own zone before losing it while trying to break away from Ilya Mikheyev, who quickly fell 9-0 Alex Kerfoot concentrated 33

“Right now I think defensively, we just don’t get any jumps,” said Hughes. “I play the game 100 times and it pretty much always works for me That’s just the luck of the draw as it goes now, but for me it is my confidence is very high I think I had a really good game I know our team thinks we had a really good game

“We have a competitive group of guys want to win Nobody likes to lose, including me It sucks We got a lot of new tracks We lost some pretty good players last year and we’re just trying to put it all together And I think we will Tonight we were pretty close.We are right there I worry we lost five in a row but I don’t worry because I’m confident that we have a group in the long run we’ll be fine ”

However, the 56-game run is unlikely to be long enough for slow starters like the Canucks to catch up

Seeing how physically engaged – and how connected – they were on Monday naturally begged the question: where the hell was that exertion and intensity in most of the Canucks’ first 15 games?

Did it really cost Holtby, a newcomer who had done nothing but win games with the Washington Capitals in his career and faced teammate J? T Miller on Ice Saturday and then calling teammates to respond to the Canucks to find the level it takes to compete against good teams?

“I was just thinking about accountability as a team,” Holtby said on Monday after scoring three goals in 19 shots in Toronto – twelve of them in the third half. “We had the right mindset. The season is strange you haven’t lots of time to fix things and it can get a snowball out of your hands pretty quickly We revolve around this game especially mentally, in preparation We still haven’t won which is still the main goal but I think there are many positive aspects that can come out of this game for us ”

Having played poorly in far more games than they played well this season, the Canucks must prove Monday was a Eureka moment, and they can maintain their rediscovered intensity and ride if they have a homestand with three games against Calgary open flames on Thursday

The important thing is to rest (Tuesday) and train (Wednesday) beforehand after playing more games than anyone else in the first four weeks of the season

“Lots of good teaching moments, not just in the game but in the last few days with our group,” said Green. “You definitely never feel good when you lose But if you’ve been in the rut and played like we did then you have to hang your hat on something and we took a step tonight to play the way we want and we have to take another step ”

“I thought Vancouver played an outstanding game here today,” said Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe. “They certainly have a new focus and a new level of energy. I thought they played with great urgency. It felt like a desperate team there to You played hard, you earned more than you did today “

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