A pair of firsts in Vancouver’s visit to Winnipeg

Three goals have been the charm all season long for Vancouver, but they weren’t enough Friday night as the Canucks lost to the Jets in their first visit to Winnipeg in nearly two decades.

For the first time this season, the Canucks scored three goals in regulation/overtime and didn’t come away with at least one point.

Prior to a 4-3 loss Friday night to the Jets, the first time Vancouver had visited Winnipeg since 1996, the Canucks had been almost perfect when scoring three or more goals (excluding the shootout), going 19-0-4. They’re just 6-17-5 when they score fewer than three.

Friday’s game is the last they will have to play without coach John Tortorella. He’ll be back behind the bench for their next game after serving his 15-day suspension for charging toward the Calgary Flames dressing room after the first period in a game Jan. 18. Tortorella returns to a team that won just four games out of 15 in January, averaging fewer than two goals per game while allowing more than three.

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Their game in Winnipeg was the start of brutal stretch for the Canucks in which they play 13 of 20 games on the road before finishing the season with six of seven at home.