Coach John Tortorella talked about crossing a couple of key bridges in Monday night’s emotional 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Another bridge they really need to cross is the one that leads to goals.

The Canucks’ goal-scoring woes have become particularly acute against California teams. In 10 games this season against the three California teams, the Canucks have scored just 15 goals. Not surprisingly, they head into Wednesday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks with a record of 1-6-3 against the San Jose Sharks, Ducks and Kings.

The Canucks sit 17th in goals-for in the NHL, averaging just 2.57 goals per game. Offence has been a struggle all season. Sometimes, the chances are there and it’s a matter of not finishing them. At other times, the Canucks have not created enough quality scoring chances.

“It depends on the night,” Tortorella said Tuesday. “Last night, I think we created 16 chances and don’t score. Some nights the chances are tough to come by, so it’s a little bit of both, but you just have to keep working on it and try to find a way to score.”

One thing seems certain. These Canucks are not likely to morph into the team that back in 2010-11 led the league in offence.

“We are not going to score four or five goals, we are not built that way,” said winger Daniel Sedin. “We are going to have to defend well and win games 2-1. That has to be our mindset.”

“I don’t think we’re built to be that type of team,” echoed centre Ryan Kesler. “We are a defence-first team, and with how our penalty kill is and our power play is starting to pick it up, I think we’re going to get our goals. But it’s not like three or four years ago when we were scoring four or five goals a game. We’re a different team, with a different coach and a different style of game.”