The Vancouver Canucks have now lost as many games as they have won this season.
And if they don’t get their power play going, things could get even worse.
The Canucks lost for the fourth time in their last five games Tuesday night, dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena.
“Our power play was better today, but if your power play is minus-one it’s tough to win games,” said Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin.
“We have to start scoring goals. That’s the bottom line.”
The Canuck power play went 0-for-5 Tuesday and surrendered a short-handed goal to the Sharks’ Adam Burish early in the second period that gave San Jose a 2-0 lead.
Vancouver is now 0-for-15 with the man advantage in the last six games.
“When you are down 2-0 it’s tough to come back, but if you look at the game overall I thought we played good enough to win,” Henrik said. “But again our power play should have come through for us late in the third and in overtime.”
The Canucks had a 4-on-3 power play in OT, but could not beat San Jose goalie Antti Niemi, who was brilliant all night.
“I thought it was a hell of a game. I mean, it was hard fought from start to finish,” said Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault. “We were down by two goals, we battled back, it was a great second goal from Jannik Hansen, the five guys on the ice won a whole bunch of small battles on the walls, screening their goaltender and we tied it up.
“In the third period and the overtime our power play had some great looks and their goaltender made some great saves. Then they had some great chances and our guys blocked a few shots and our goaltender made some great saves and it went to a shootout.”
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