First, the positives. The Vancouver Canucks actually scored two goals Tuesday.

Unfortunately, there really wasn’t anything else good to take out of this game, except for maybe the one point they got for their lethargic 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers at Rogers Arena.

The Canucks had a horrible start and finished badly as they dropped their fifth straight game, this time to one of the National Hockey League’s weakest teams.

And this one could not be explained away as a game where they outshot and out-chanced the opposition, but just didn’t have any puck luck. The better team won Tuesday.

You’ll get no argument from coach John Tortorella, who didn’t mince words in his brief post-game media appearance.

“We sucked. It was easily our worst game of the year,” Tortorella said. “We didn’t deserve a point. I can’t explain the third period. I wish I could.

“We have no business to show a lack of respect to any hockey team. With the situation we’re in, I just don’t know what we’re thinking as far as how we started the game. If it isn’t for Louie, we’re down three or four nothing in that first period and we get squat for points, so I can’t explain it.”

The Panthers outshot the Canucks 36-29 and, as Tortorella emphasized, were the better team in the first and third periods.

Canuck captain Henrik Sedin suggested his team may have taken the Panthers for granted.

“I thought we weren’t focused enough, we weren’t quick enough with passes,” Henrik said. “Like I said, we thought it was going to come easy and that’s not going to happen in this league.”

The Panthers won it in the shootout when Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal in the penalty-shot competition.

Mike Santorelli, Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins all missed for the Canucks, who have now converted on only two of 15 shootout attempts this season.

Jannik Hansen had given the Canucks a 2-1 lead at 2:45 of the third after Tortorella mixed up his lines. He had Hansen out with Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins. Hansen beat Florida goalie Tim Thomas high to the glove side from the high slot after he intercepted a Panthers clearing attempt. Tomas Fleischmann threw the puck up the middle and it bounced off the stick of Aleksander Barkov and right onto Hansen’ stick.

That should have given the Canucks some momentum, but instead they sagged.

Their lead only lasted six minutes. Shawn Matthias was left alone in the high slot and one-timed a pass from Nick Bjugstad over the glove of Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo.

The shot appeared to deflect off the stick of Vancouver defenceman Ryan Stanton.

“After they scored their second goal I thought we wanted to get the point badly and maybe we sat back a little too much and they got a lot of chances late in the game,” Henrik said. “It wasn’t the effort we wanted.”