Canucks spanked by Blues

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Everything went wrong for the Canucks Tuesday.

They started Andrew Raycroft in net, even with Roberto Luongo healthy enough to suit up as the backup.

Instead, Raycroft was shellacked with four goals and pulled after the first period.

They wanted to rebound from their poor defensive effort last Friday in which they gave up 47 shots in a loss to Dallas.

Instead, they gave up six goals, allowed 30 shots, and were shorthanded seven times against St. Louis.

And they wanted to improve away from home, a major flaw in their record so far this season.

But instead, the Canucks were spanked 6-1 by a bottom-feeding team, dropping their road numbers to 3-7.

The collapse came early, as Andy McDonald scored 18 seconds into the game to kickstart four straight goals in a span of seven minutes and 18 seconds.

With David Perron adding two others and Erik Johnson with his first of the season, the home team held a 4-0 lead heading into the intermission.

That was it for Raycroft.

Luongo came in for the remaining two periods, making 15 saves while allowing a Brad Boyes goal, his fourth point of the night, in the second and Perron's hattrick tally in the third.

The Canucks managed 23 shots -the lone goal going to Henrik Sedin- in a disappointing performance, giving Chris Mason his fourth win of the season.

Three players, including two-thirds of Vancouver's first line, finished with a minus-three rating while eight others also sported a negative plus-minus.

Vancouver finished 0 for 4 on the powerplay, and have now gone scoreless in their past seven man advantage opportunities.

The loss also puts the Canucks in a two-game losing skid, which moves them three points back of Calgary in the Northwest Division after the Flames won 1-0 Tuesday.

Vancouver will continue their road trip against Detroit on Thursday, when they look to avenge a 5-4 defeat to the Red Wings a couple weeks ago at GM Place.


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