So the Vancouver Canucks are in a slump. They've lost five straight and three straight at home.

They have two 'loser points' in the five games but loser points are for losers. The Canucks couldn't protect third-period leads in either game. That's on them.

This isn't the first slump in team history, though. Believe it or not, there have been plenty others and, somehow, they all came to an end.

Here's a look at five slump-busting games since the 1991-92 season:

FEB. 3, 2009 – Canucks 4, Hurricanes 3.

It was the initial year of the Mike Gillis regime and the Canucks had lost a mind-boggling nine straight on home ice, including two by shootout and one in overtime. They were in peril of a losing a 10th straight when Carolina went on a late third-period power play with the score tied 3-3.

Mattias Ohlund was in the box for hooking and the 'Canes, already 2-for-3 on the power play, smelled blood. Instead they tasted it when Ryan Kesler sprung Alex Burrows on a shorthanded breakaway and the latter beat Cam Ward with his pet move (backhand, top shelf) with 82 seconds remaining in regulation.

The goal launched the Canucks on a four-game win streak, a 12-2-0 run and the first of five straight Northwest Division titles. Burrows celebrated his dramatic shortie by faking to break his stick over his knee.

“It was smashing the streak,” he later explained. “I feel confident with that move if the goalie doesn't know it. I don't know if he saw it on YouTube.”

JAN. 5, 2006 – Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2.

Mired in a 1-4-3 swoon that included five and three-game losing streaks, the Marc Crawford-coached Canucks dragged their butts into the United Center for the second half of a road back-to-back. The Canucks were awarded two penalty shots in the game and the second, by Jarkko Ruutu at 17:58 of the third, boosted Vancouver's lead to 3-1. It proved to be the winner when Martin Lapointe scored 25 seconds later on Canuck netminder Alex Auld.

“I have a few moves and I decided to go with that,” explained Ruutu, who deked to the backhand. “I knew exactly what I was going to do.”

The victory over Chicago ignited the Canucks to a 7-1-0 run although, ultimately, it didn't save their season. They finished with 92 points, missed the playoffs and Crawford was fired by GM Dave Nonis.

MARCH 24, 2004 – Canucks 1, Kings 0.

The Canucks were staggering down the stretch on a five-game winless streak -- 0-4-1 in the pre-shootout days -- and had won just two of 11. They were battling Colorado for the division lead and doing it without Todd Bertuzzi, who had been suspended two weeks earlier for the Steve Moore incident. In their most recent game, the Canucks had dropped a 5-4 home decision to sad-sack Columbus.

Matt Cooke, skating in Bertuzzi's spot on the first line with Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison, netted the lone goal at 9:19 of the first period. Dan Cloutier stopped 15 L.A. shots for the shutout.

“We were sharp and we had to be,” said Morrison. “We jumped on them early and made them think: wow, these guys are ready.”

The Canucks won their next five, finished the season on a six-game win streak, out-scored their opponents 21-7 and captured the Northwest Division title by one point.

NOV. 12, 1997 – Canucks 5, Sharks 2.

The Canucks were in the throes of a franchise-record 10-game losing streak, long-time president and GM Pat Quinn had been fired the previous week and speculation was rampant that head coach Tom Renney was about to get punted, too. But, on this night, all was well as the Canucks romped to a 3-0 first-period lead, received three points from Pavel Bure and 30 saves from netminder Arturs Irbe. Their record 'improved' to 4-13-2.

“We've got a long way to go to catch up with the rest of the NHL,” commented Renney. “We hope we can continue to play a complete game.”

Renney should have hoped for something different, like coaching another game. He was fired the next morning and replaced by Mike Keenan. The San Jose victory was the springboard for a 6-1-1 run but the Canucks couldn't sustain it and wound up finishing dead last in the Western Conference at 25-43-14. Franchise favourites Trevor Linden, Kirk McLean, Marty Gelinas, Dave Babych and Gino Odjick were among those traded away by Keenan.