The John Tortorella era for the Vancouver Canucks started Thursday the way the Alain Vigneault era ended last May – with a loss here against the faster deeper San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks survived some early Canuck pressure and an early deficit to score twice in the middle period and twice in the third winning 4-1 in the teams' season-opener. The victory was San Jose's 10th straight win against Vancouver including pre-season and playoffs since the lockout.

Four of those Canuck losses cost Vigneault his job as Canuck coach during last spring's National Hockey League playoffs. This loss merely left Tortorella 0-1.

The Vancouver coach has changed but the difference between the Canucks and Sharks has not. Tortorella's philosophy about how the game should be played was evident both good and bad.

“I thought we played in spurts” Tortorella said. “We have a lot to learn as far as tenacity as far as consistently being on a puck. There were some good things and there were some teachable things.

“It's consistency. I see some really good things for minutes and then we're void for other minutes. That's a very important point we have to work on – the consistency of our game.”

Tortorella said Thursday morning he doesn't believe in measuring his team against others.

“Quite honestly we're of the philosophy that we don't spend much time worrying about the other team” he said before the morning skate. “We're concerned about executing how we're going to play.”

But the performance by the Canucks measured against the Sharks reinforced the work Tortorella has ahead of him as well as the difficulty the Canucks face trying to win another regular-season pennant now that realignment has put them into the Pacific Division alongside the Sharks Los Angeles Kings and others.