Don’t look now, but the Abbotsford Canucks have officially cooled off.
The Canucks fell 3-2 to the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday (Jan. 25) and they’ve now lost five of their last six games.
Abbotsford opened the scoring at 8:09 when Arshdeep Bains tallied his sixth of the season. That was the lone goal of the first period and the Marlies outshot the Canucks 9-7.
Timely pinch by Juulsen leads to Bains deflection goal pic.twitter.com/pgZMlz439Y— Ben Lypka (@BenLypka) January 26, 2023
The second period was all Marlies, they got goals from Adam Gaudette at 2:07 and then Marc Johnston at 6:33. Toronto controlled the majority of the period and outshot Abbotsford 11-10.
Scramble in front leads to Marlies goal. Toronto forechecking pressure led to that goal pic.twitter.com/3VR77B6tnY— Ben Lypka (@BenLypka) January 26, 2023
The Canucks jumped back into the game when Linus Karlsson scored a power play goal from an impossible angle at 6:56, but Johnston added his second at 15:20 to earn Toronto the win.
Silovs makes a breakaway save, Canucks come back and Karlsson beats Kallgren to tie up the game. Number 13 on the season for Karlsson pic.twitter.com/Li4W0AqL0X— Ben Lypka (@BenLypka) January 26, 2023
Canucks goalie Arturs Silovs had an excellent game in goal, keeping his team close with some big saves especially in the second period. He made 29 saves in a losing cause and the Canucks were outshot – a rarity for the team – 32-23.
Defenceman Christian Wolanin led all Canucks with four shots on goal and it was a challenging night on the plus/minus charts for forward Vasily Podkolzin – as he was a -3 on the evening.
Attendance for the game at the Abbotsford Centre was 4,365.
That's all folks. pic.twitter.com/jAjBIor3JK— Abbotsford Canucks (@abbycanucks) January 26, 2023
The Canucks record now sits at 23-13-2-2 and they remain in fourth in the Pacific Division. The team now hits the road to close out January, with games on Saturday (Jan. 28) and Sunday (Jan. 29) in the desert against the Tucson Roadrunners.
The team’s next home game occurs on Feb. 10 when the Roadrunners come to the AC. That game is being promoted as a “Celebrating the Sedins”, with Vancouver Canucks legends Daniel and Henrik Sedin being recognized.