What were the Canucks saying after another Pacific Division loss?

The Canucks lost again in Phoenix on Thursday night. They’ve lost 10 of 11 games played against the three California teams and now two of three to the Phoenix Coyotes. So, this whole move to the Pacific Division has been less than thrilling for Vancouver.

After the 1-0 defeat by the Coyotes, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms…

Canucks Coach John Tortorella on his team’s play right now:

“It’s a team that’s having a (expletive) of a time making an offensive plays and we just don’t do the job on our penalty kill. We had a couple opportunities to get the puck out and they score a goal there. It’s a game of those little details. Obviously our power play doesn’t work again. So, it’s been tough sledding as far as developing offense.”

Tortorella on whether his team lacks confidence:

“You know, this stuff, lack of confidence and stuff, we’re grown men here. It’s a big part of our business to make big plays at key times. I don’t buy the confidence; we just simply have to get things done… There were a number of opportunities and at the end we can’t even get our power play set up. That’s unacceptable and I don’t buy the confidence. Our top guys need to lead the way here. I believe they will, but it has to happen pretty quickly for us to get going…”

Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler on the overall game:

“It was a tight game. Maybe not pretty at all times, but I think our PP (power play) could have won us the game today, but it’s not working right now and it’s something we have to get going.”

Edler on the road trip:

“It’s frustrating, but we have to keep working and look into a few things and make sure we improve in those areas. We know we have a good team, we just got to put our best team out there.”

Canucks forward Ryan Kesler on the goal that was disallowed:

“I don’t know why they called it back; it looked like a goal to me. We had a couple good looks late in that game. We’ve got to find a way to score. It’s getting old. We have to press and find a way to score and it starts with myself, Hank (Vancouver Forward Hendrik Sedin), and Danny (Vancouver Forward Daniel Sedin). Those are the guys that have to lead the way. We are not getting it done right now.”

Kesler on his team’s power play:

“(The) power play was bad tonight. It’s one thing to not score, but generate momentum. You get a power play with four minutes left in the game for the rest of the game and you have a 6-4 chance and we don’t even generate anything. It (expletive) you off.”

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on the overall game:

“It was a hard fought game all the way through, very choppy with all the penalties, but you’re right. I mean, we’re a team that’s trying to build our game and try to gain some confidence or earn some confidence, and in a game like that, there’s a lot of parts of our game this year, a shutout for Smitty (Goaltender Mike Smith), our penalty killing was very good, just a hard-fought game which I think is good for our team right now.”

Tippett on defenseman Zbynek Michalek’s return to the lineup:

“PK (penalty kill), that’s one of his strengths, so it was a very nice surprise him jumping in or saying he wanted to jump in, and tonight he became a valuable player for us in that end.”

Tippett on goaltender Mike Smith:

“It was a tough game with all the power plays. We didn’t give up a ton of chances, but there’s still lots of traffic around him, so it was a hard-fought game for him, too. So, hopefully he can build on that.”

Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith on Phoenix’s penalty kill:

“It was tremendous tonight. It’s kind of been an Achilles heel a little but with our team but it starts with me making saves, and then guys see me making saves and it’s a confidence boost for everyone. Guys were blocking shots and boxing guys out and letting me see a lot of shots and did a tremendous job tonight, especially at the end there.”

Smith on his play right now:

“The last week I’ve felt a lot better about my game… It’s just a different mindset. It’s easy to get down on yourself and to get negative when things aren’t going your way and how they’re supposed to go and it kind of just kept building and building, and finally it’s just like, it’s not even fun anymore to be like that. So, I think I brought a new mindset to the rink, just to enjoy the game and to be more positive and it’s definitely helped me to have more energy and feel better about my game.”

Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette on the overall game:

“We will take any win, but the way that game came up for us with a 1-0 game, Smitty (Smith) with a huge win, hardworking team, a few PKs, we kind of battled through adversity. I think it’s a good sign, that’s the kind of game we want to play.”

Vermette on the entire team being healthy:

“You don’t want to create excuses for yourself. I mean, every team is going to go through it, but it’s a factor. (That’s) what makes it so fun to play on this team, we rely on all individuals. Hopefully you want to have all of the guys in it and everybody can contribute and bring something real positive.”


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