DALLAS — In the aftermath of another shootout train wreck, John Tortorella lamented his team’s inability to execute in the NHL’s skill competition.
And, in the Canucks’ case, there is plenty to lament.
“It’s very difficult to practice the shootout,” Tortorella said after the team’s workout in Dallas on Wednesday.
“It’s easy to say we need to practice the shootout. But you’re in a practice arena, there are no fans around, there’s no pressure and no other team.
“It’s very difficult to simulate a shootout. Do players practice it? Absolutely. But you simply can’t simulate a game situation.”
Which explains some things. But it doesn’t completely explain the Canucks’ abysmal shootout record.
Tuesday night in Minnesota, Canucks’ shooters Chris Higgins, Mike Santorelli and Ryan Kesler all failed miserably in their attempts on Wild goalie Josh Harding.
Santorelli and Kesler missed the net completely. Harding didn’t have to move to stop Higgins. At the other end, Jason Pominville beat Roberto Luongo on the Wild’s third attempt...