VIDEO: Canucks' Eddie Lack gives up long goal to Brian McGrattan

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The Vancouver Canucks gave up the kind of goal that probably felt like a twisting knife in the wake of a dismal stretch in which the team had lost 11 of their last 12 coming into Saturday night.

Knotted 0-0 with the Calgary Flames early in the second period, Calgary enforcer Brian McGrattan crossed the red line and wound up. He let go a hard slap shot from the right wing just inside the Canucks’ half of the ice. It skidded off the ice and right past netminder Eddie Lack to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. It was... ugly.

Coming off a rather shocking couple of days near the trade deadline and a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Dallas Thursday night, the Canucks needed something positive. This won’t help.

It’s especially difficult with Lack becoming the new No. 1 on Vancouver’s new-look tandem with Jacob Markstrom who came over in the trade that sent Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers. That type of goal doesn’t do a lot for Lack’s confidence in a new-found pressure cooker of a situation where he’ll be picking up more starts.

Sometimes when a team is in a bad stretch, they don’t get any of the bounces, but this is getting a little ridiculous for Vancouver right now.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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