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 th...