To win in the National Hockey League, countless coaches have said, your best players have to be your best players. And it doesn't hurt if they're better than the opposition's best players, too.

Neither situation occurred Tuesday for the Vancouver Canucks, yet they still managed to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 in a shootout. This is a good thing in the long-term for the National Hockey League team, but a bad thing in the short term because Daniel and Henrik Sedin are in a lull.

It's been only three games – of which the Canucks have won two – and probably indicative of nothing more than the cyclical ebb and flow of an 82-game season, but the twins have been ordinary so far on this road trip that ends Thursday against the surging St. Louis Blues.