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'Placid' effort disappoints Quinn

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:30 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Pat Quinn had a feeling this might happen.

He wasn't all that happy with the effort this lineup put out against the Islanders two games ago and was hoping a visit to Vancouver might jolt some life into them.

"This particular group was placid, let's say," he said at the morning skate.

"The other group (that played Calgary and Florida) was far more excited about playng the game. It's the people in the room. Maybe the building and the oppostion will excite this group a little more."

It didn't seem to. Largely the same lineup that trailed the Islanders 1-0 at home in the third period before waking up to win 3-2 looked equally tepid in a 3-1 loss to the Canucks last night.

"We had three good shifts to start and then we abandoned the things we want to do system wise," said Quinn.

"We became pretty individual out there and it showed up. It's not good enough, we didn't hold together like teams need to hold together.

"We have a lot of work to do. It shows up when the opposition is a little better."

If Jeff Deslauriers wasn't in midseason form (stopping 30 of 32 shots after stopping 26 of 27 in his first two appearances), the Canucks win in a walk. The third goal went into an empty net.

So far, the lineup that includes Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner, Robert Nilsson and Ethan Moreau seems to be lacking the same kind of spark the other lineup is getting from the likes of Patrick O'Sullivan, Ryan Stone, J.F. Jacques and Mike Comrie.

"If there's emotion in them and I'm sure there is, it didn't show as well as the other group," said Quinn.

"Mind you this was the hardest lineup we've faced in the four games, that could be part of it.

"Our veteran guys were the ones who abandoned the work, or went to the individual habits early on.

"I understand the rationale of it, they're trying hard, they want to win a hockey game. Sometimes when you try individiually, it screws things up.

"We have to build a trust in each other and that trust isn't there.

"That was pretty evident tonight."


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