Turns out the strength of the Vancouver Canucks on paper this year looked remarkably like their genuine on-ice strength Monday night at Rogers Arena.
We speak of the outstanding potential of the individuals on the Vancouver back end, which functioned at very high level here Monday night, beginning the offensive thrust that produced the first real signs of life this team has allowed itself so far in the pre-season.
In the bargain, the Canucks broke their nine-game losing streak, which comprised three exhibition losses this season, four playoffs disappointments and the last two games of the regular schedule last season.
And after that, who knows, maybe they will even end the seven-game losing streak against the Sharks they carry into HP Pavillion Tuesday night in San Jose, they being this team’s most recent nemesis.
With Jason Garrison playing with Kevin Bieksa as what amounts to a shutdown pairing in the absence of Dan Hamhuis, the Canucks also got outstanding performances from a...