Just moments before coach John “Call Me Crazy” Tortorella was putting a positive spin on yet another Vancouver Canuck loss, goalie Roberto Luongo was having difficulty finding much good in what was the team’s seventh defeat in its last eight games.

“I am not a big fan of, you know, we’re playing well but we are losing,” a stone-faced Luongo whispered after Monday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings. “I am not a big believer in that kind of stuff.”

The challenge for Tortorella is to make sure Luongo and the rest of the Canucks remain believers in his system, which began to show some cracks during a just completed six-game homestand.

“That is part of my job,” Tortorella acknowledged. “It is not my job to be going good when it’s going good. Part of my job is to make sure the psyche of the hockey club in these types of situations stays solid.

“I trust the group. I do. I think the players understand how we want to play. We have gone through a lot of crap here as far as things going wrong at certain times, but they have handled themselves well and we are just going to stay with it and keep working at it.”

The Canucks left town on Tuesday on a four-game road trip that begins Thursday night in Ottawa. Perhaps a change of scenery will help the Canucks, who feasted on the East during a highly successful seven-game trip in October.

In the Senators, New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators, the Canucks are not exactly facing a murderers’ row in terms of opposition on this trip. The Senators are tied for 11th in the East, the Rangers are eighth, the Hurricanes are tied for ninth and Nashville is 10th in the West, just three points behind the ninth-place Canucks.

“I think everyone is looking forward to it,” defenceman Dan Hamhuis said of the trip. “It’s probably good to get a change of scenery. It’s not that we have been playing bad, it’s just that the results haven’t been there. We’re a really good road team and I think everyone will be looking forward to the trip.”

Tortorella, however, isn’t buying the whole change-of-scenery argument as being the elixir to his team’s struggles.

“You always say that,” he said. “To me, that’s hockey talk -- we’ve got to get out of town. We are going out of town, that’s part of our schedule. We are going to continue working at our game and try to get better. There is a lot of hockey left to be played and I am going to grab the positives out of this and keep on trying to build a team the proper way.”

Tortorella has remained remarkably positive during the Canucks’ recent bad run. And he was again preaching the positives after the Canucks coughed up another third-period lead and lost in overtime to the Kings.

“I am very excited about some of the things that happened,” he said after that game. “You may call me crazy, but I am. We just have to keep on banging away and work on some details of the game, understand situational play and keep working at this.

“I am not down. Sure, you get frustrated, but I am not down because there were so many good things that happened individually as players and as a team.”

As with so many of their recent games, the Canucks probably did deserve a better fate. They outshot the Kings 39-22 and dominated the final two periods. They also answered the physical challenge of the Kings after captain Henrik Sedin was nearly snapped in two when he was sandwiched by Jordan Nolan and Jarret Stoll midway through the second period.

“We are going to have to play that way and guys who aren’t used to playing that way have to contribute there and I thought people did,” Tortorella said. “That is something they can draw back on when we get in these situations. As the season ramps up and you keep on going this is part of the game and we need to continue to grow in that part of it.”