Vancouver fans had to know that the Canucks couldn't keep winning all of their games before suffering a setback of some sort. But when you lose a game in the NHL it's best to do it after regulation so that you tally at least one point in the standings. That's what Vancouver did at the Staples Center on Saturday night as they fell to the Los Angeles Kings in a shootout 4-3.

Vancouver loss still positive

This is a game that I think Vancouver had a good chance to win heading into the contest. The Kings have goal-tending drama as Jonathan Quick will be out until January. That leaves just Peter Budaj and Jeff Zatkoff competing for playing time.

For sure, the Kings have a worse look to them this year, because of the Quick injury, than they have had in recent seasons. Teams heading into town to face the Kings will have increased confidence as a result.

However, although the Canucks may have left a point on the table here, the one they gainedstill feels positive, because the Canucks didn't simply roll over and die after a slow start. Trailing 3-0 part way through the second period, Vancouver rallied back just as they did against the Carolina Hurricanes earlier in the season.

The Canucks scored two second-period goals from Markus Granlund and Henrik Sedin. Then as the drama built in the third period, Vancouver earned a power play and tied the game with 35 seconds to go on a goal from Alexander Edler.

Even though the shootout did not go Vancouver's way, the game in Anaheim still awarded them a point in the standings that looked lost early on.

Not giving up is a good-team trademark

Not giving up during adverse situations is certainly a trademark of a good team. Quite often when a team has a large lead, they are able to play a tight game that doesn't involve any kind of risks.

But twice this season Vancouver have come back from three-goal deficits. In those two games combined, the Canucks ended up with three of four points.

Henrik Sedin spoke with CanucksTV after the game and he answered to Vancouver's no-quit attitude. "We came back again, we never gave up, and that...says a lot about this team."Vancouver's weekend is not done as they will stay in the Los Angeles area on Sunday.

The Canucks will face the Anaheim Ducks in a game that starts at 5pm PT, one that Anaheim are -200 favorites in (bet365).

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