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NHL: Canucks visit Coyotes, put blowout Anaheim loss behind them

It was ugly. It was lopsided, and the some. Embarrassing sums it up. And the Canucks will need to put it behind them.

"It was one of those nights, so we plough on to our next game and get ready to play that one," Canucks coach John Tortorella said on Wednesday night, immediately after watching his team drop a 9-1 decision to the Anaheim Ducks (NHL.com). "There's no sense in my dissecting it for you guys on anything.

"The big thing for us is that we need to get out of here and get ready for the next game."

From the captain, Henrik Sedin:

"I've had a lot of disappointing losses... This is up there. But again, it was not a 9-1 game. It's wasn't a 6-1 game. They had eight minutes of 5-on-3. They're going to score when they get that. That's what happened."

Vancouver is now 0-2 on their Pacific Division road trip, also losing on Monday night to the Los Angeles Kings, 1-0. They're taking on the Phoenix Coyotes tonight – Thursday – in Arizona, and are 1-0-1 against the Yotes this season.

In their last game, on Dec. 6, Chris Higgins scored the overtime winner for Vancouver after the Canucks had blown a 2-0 lead in the third period.

The Canucks will also be going up against Mike Smith, who will be splitting the crease with Vancouver tender Roberto Luongo and Montreal's Carey Price in Sochi next month, at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Luongo is still out with an injury and doubtful to return to Thursday's lineup.

Eddie Lack and Joacim Eriksson both played in Wednesday night's blowout, with Eriksson filling in for Lack after three Ducks goals.

The Coyotoes are 1-6-0 so far in 2014, while Vancouver is 1-4-2 in January.

Vancouver is clinging onto seventh place in the Western Conference's playoff race and Phoenix is six points back in ninth.

Puck drop is 6 p.m. PST from Jobing.com Arena.

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