Canucks give up 7 goals in third period meltdown

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Canucks turned a 3-0 third period lead into a 7-4 loss in 20 minutes. That is ... bad.

If you ever wondered what an NHL team hitting rock bottom looked like, the Vancouver Canucks put on quite a demonstration Monday night.

After entering the third period with a 3-0 lead over the New York Islanders, Vancouver allowed seven goals, including six in the first 11 minutes of the period, to drop a 7-4 decision and let two important points in the playoff race slip away.

Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong on the ice ended up going wrong. They took a series of penalties to open the period, all of which the Islanders capitalized on, they couldn't protect the puck and Eddie Lack seemed to lose any ability he had to stop the puck.

Even worse, that was against an Islanders team that was playing without its best and most dangerous offensive player, John Tavares.

Here is the complete breakdown of the third period carnage.

This is what it looked like.

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Around the 10 minute-mark is where things really turned madness. After the Islanders had taken a 4-3 lead, Chris Tanev tied the game for Vancouver and seemed to turn momentum back in its favor ... and then 10 seconds later everything fell apart again.

"I can't even wrap my head around," Canucks center Ryan Kesler said after the game. "It's embarrassing."

Vancouver is now just 6-17-4 in its past 27 games after starting the season 23-11-6.

The Canucks remain four points behind the Dallas Stars for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.

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