“That’s the Way You Got to Do It”: Canucks Head Coach Makes a Candid Admission Amidst the Team’s Winning Run

Published 03/12/2023, 7:58 AM EDT

The Vancouver Canucks are proof that restoration is possible in the NHL. Not too long ago, they were last in the Western Conference. Presently, the Canucks’s latest victory against the Ottawa Senators was the icing on the cake, making it four wins in a row. Head coach Rick Tocchet is clearly overjoyed in the postgame interviews since the team has outperformed itself after a slow start this season.

The video of the postgame interview is quite self-explanatory. It’s easy to comprehend from the footage how relieved Rick Tocchet is. After all, he has been able to keep the promise he made to Canucks fans when he arrived this season.

The head coach loosened up and went candid after Vancouver Canucks’s four-time streak win


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For a struggling club like the Vancouver Canucks, winning four straight games is a watershed moment. It was a significant deal for head coach Rick Tocchet too, since he was taken aback by the team’s performance when he first arrived. Prior to the all-star games, the Canucks had to overcome a lot of hardship. The supporters were upset because the club fired their beloved coach Bruce Boudreau and sent their star player, Bo Horvat, to the New York Islanders despite the fact that the team was struggling. The baton was passed over to Rick Tocchet, and he managed it with calm competence, making the appropriate judgments for the club.

In the post-game interview, Rick Tocchet was candid, and said, “I don’t know; I just think we’re living in the moment every game every practice. We’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves. The next challenge is whatever the next challenge is. That’s the way you got to do it right now.” Tocchet is a master of moderation. He seldom overburdens his players but acknowledges and rewards even the smallest of efforts. Moreover, he pays close attention to each player throughout each practice session and keeps tabs on everyone. He is a believer in the fact that there is significance and meaning in every game.

The NHL battle between the Canucks and the Senators

Recently, the Vancouver Canucks faced the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Arena. Canucks fans were amped up for the home game since their team had just won three in a row. During the 16th minute of play, Canucks left winger Andrei Kuzmenko scored the game’s opening goal. The score was 1–0 at the end of the first period. Second period goals from center Nils Aman and winger J.T. Miller put the team up 2–0. By the conclusion of the second period, the Canucks had a commanding 3–0 lead.


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An early goal in the third period was scored by Canucks forward Sheldon Dries. The Senators tried to fight back after falling behind, with winger Claude Giroux scoring and then defender Nick Holden scoring. Andrei Kuzmenko scored his second goal of the game for the Canucks, putting an end to any hopes of a comeback. The final score was 5–2. The Canucks have now won four games in a row, moving them up the standings.


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Rahul Goutam Hoom

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Rahul Goutam Hoom is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Birla Global University. Rahul does photography and gaming during his leisure hours and likes to watch anime.

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