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Canucks aim to snap 10-game losing streak to Sharks

Oct 10, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 3: Goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks watches Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks fire a shot off the goal post during the second period in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, May 03, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on during the play. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jan. 21, 2012, was the last time Vancouver managed to defeat San Jose. Since then, the Sharks have beaten the Canucks four times in the regular season, four times in the playoffs, and just for good measure, a pair of times in the preseason.

That makes 10 wins in a row for San Jose. Eight, if you don’t count the preseason. But 10 makes for a better story.

Tonight in Vancouver, the two Pacific Division rivals will meet again, with both sides off to good starts to the 2013-14 season. The Sharks are a perfect 3-0-0 and just embarrassed the Rangers, 9-2. The Canucks have won three straight to move to 3-1-0, their only loss coming to — oh that’s right, San Jose — in the season-opener.

True to form, Vancouver head coach John Tortorella told reporters this morning that he’s focused on his team, not the opponent. (Which if you haven’t heard has beaten the Canucks 10 times in a row. Eight, if you don’t count the preseason.)

“We’re not going to change a whole bunch,” he said, per CSN Bay Area. “There are some faceoff tendencies and special teams is something that we certainly focus on with the other teams because of tendencies there. Other than that, when you’re playing different teams, it’s more important, at least in my mind, to worry about our execution.”

But even Tortorella must know that Sharks forwards Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture have feasted on the Canucks in recent meetings. He must also know that shutting down those two still leaves the likes of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and, of course, Tomas Hertl.

Tortorella, by the way, said he hadn’t seen Hertl’s between-the-legs goal (the one that Adam Oates didn’t particularly care for.)

“Everybody’s talking about the goal, and I haven’t seen it,” Tortorella said.

“I’m not going to comment on another team’s player. It’s not fair, one way or another. But, I haven’t even seen the play.”

Update: Get a load of what Joe Thornton said he’d do if he ever scored four goals in a game. (Warning: adult content)

  1. sjsharks66 - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Good to see Torts actually focusing on the team and not worrying about the media. I like his last quote the best.

  2. hckyguy2000 - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Looking forward to this matchup!

  3. ibieiniid - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    LMAO Thornton. are we sure he wasn’t just requoting something somebody in a PHT comment section said once?

  4. elvispocomo - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Should be a good game, the law of averages are in the Canucks favour.

  5. 19to77 - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    “I’m not going to comment on another team’s player. It’s not fair, one way or another. But, I haven’t even seen the play.”

    Of all coaches in the League, it’s JOHN TORTORELLA who ends up giving Oates a lesson on class and how not to whine about nothing.

  6. sjsharks66 - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Thorntons comment is amazing. I would never expect him saying something like that. Haha

  7. imleftcoast - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Canucks pwned.

  8. curioustraveler13 - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I was already a sharks fan, but that Thornton quote was GOLD. Hat tip to you joe.

  9. nuckss - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Regarding Thornton, you’d think a goal scorer like that would be able to get someone else to do that for him.

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