When the second period’s most exciting moment is Chris Higgins returning to the bench after missing a couple shifts, you know the game will not be replayed as a classic.

Forget “Game in 30 minutes,” if you had this one on PVR, it would have been “Gone in 60 seconds.”

It was the game with two shutouts, and one Vancouver eventually won 1-0 when Max Lapierre scored the lone goal in the shootout.

It was ugly, gritty and played knee deep in mud and lacking in any creativity or atristry. But, in the end, it meant five wins in a row for the injury-ravaged Canucks, who a lot of people still think is a team playing like garbage.

Maybe they are a contender.

“This is what makes us successful,” Kevin Bieksa said. “You insert (Ryan) Kesler back in the lineup and we’re not going to play any differently. We’re still going to do the same plays. The emphasis is going to be on playing well in our own end and playing defence.”

Now, that doesn’t sound too fun.

But the Canucks are as in love with defence right now as Amanda Bynes seems to be with Drake. And, really, with injuries to Ryan Kesler, Zack Kassian, Steve Pinizzotto, David Booth, and Dale Weise, who can blame them?

“I don’t think a lot of people fully realize what we’re going through with injuries,” Henrik Sedin said. “We have so many guys missing. To be where we are with the injuries we have and a power play which on most nights is losing us games, it says a lot about this group.

“That’s why we keep preaching patience. We are having a good buy-in right now. It would be nice to have a season like we had a couple years ago, but going to the playoffs maybe it will be good this year we will have to battle to the end.”