An unusually bad start for the Canucks was eclipsed by what many believe was a bad hit.

With time to let up, Ryan Getzlaf chose instead to drill Dan Hamhuis into the boards with a third-period hit which blotted out the Canucks' first home regulation loss in nearly two months like an eclipse.

The 4-3 final score seemed meaningless for fans panicking after watching Hamhuis lying motionless on the ice for more than a couple minutes.

Another game and yet another downed Canucks defenceman. They are falling like trees under pine beetle attack.

Forget a blueline that goes 10 deep; the Canucks could probably use 20. But they may have Hamhuis back soon enough. Early indication from the Canucks after the game was that Hamhuis is fine. Then again, so was Sidney Crosby.