Slumping Canucks hope to get back on track against Maple Leafs

Hockey life hasnít been so good for coach John Tortorella and the Canucks recently. (QMI Agency)

Hockey life hasnít been so good for coach John Tortorella and the Canucks recently. (QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:34 PM ET

If Brian Burke was still running things here, he might delight in the analogy of an 18-wheeler with a Canucks logo sliding off a cliff.

But the current model of the Maple Leafs can’t afford to slow down and watch, as the one-time Stanley Cup favourites become the latest Canadian team trying to regain control of a season on the brink. The Oilers were stricken in October, followed by the Flames and Jets, then the malaise moved east to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. But with the upright Habs’ 5-2 win Thursday over the injury-bitten Canucks and their headline hexed coach John Tortorella, the Orcas are now losers of six straight.

One game remains for the Leafs and Canucks here Saturday before the Olympic break — with a lot more repair work awaiting the Canucks in March and April.

 


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