Chris Higgins called it a lesson. But a lesson infers learning, and when it comes to third period meltdowns, the Canucks haven’t learned a thing. For the fifth time in the past seven home games, the Canucks blew a third-period lead, this time coughing up two goals in a 2:21-minute span midway through the third. The first was a 60-foot Antoine Vermette shot Robert Luongo said he never saw. The second was “deja vu all over again,” the goalie said. Luongo thought he should have had that one. But most of his guilt was lifted in overtime when Higgins chose to shoot, instead of pass, while on a 3-on-1 with Kevin Bieksa and Brad Richardson. Charging down the wing in overtime, after picking Mike Ribeiro’s pocket, Higgins went far side on Mike Smith, giving the Canucks a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. “I’m glad he shot, becaue I was terrible on breakaways,” said Brad Richardson. The goal will overshadow yet another game where the Canucks got a third-period lead and were caught trying to sit on it. The Canucks did it four times on their most recent six-game homestand and were cruising again Friday with a 2-0 lead with ten minutes to go. Vermette’s late-game soft goal felt familiar and it turned the momentum in a game the Canucks had been in control of after 40 minutes.
Chris Higgins comes to the rescue in OT after Canucks blow third-period 2-0 lead against Coyotes
Vancouver Province | Dec 7