A puck-savvy, fluid defence is one of the reasons why the Vancouver Canucks scored more goals than any other team in the regular season.

The Canucks offensive engine is fuelled by a group of mobile defencemen who can move the puck quickly and are not afraid to jump into the play when given the chance.

“They move the puck well. You need your defence to help you offensively,” captain Henrik Sedin said yesterday after practice. “They’re going to be the guys to make the first pass. They’re going to join the rush. If you don’t have that, it’s tough to score in this league.”

Putting a road block in front of Vancouver’s defencemen is something the San Jose Sharks will need to do when they face the Canucks in Game 2 of the Western Conference final tonight. The Sharks lost Sunday’s opening game 3-2.

Vancouver defenceman Kevin Bieksa tied that game in the third period on a pass from Alex Burrows.

“Offence from our defence has been a big part of our team’s success all year,” said Bieksa, who has two goals and three assists in the playoffs. “It’s just a matter of reading when the right time is.”

The top gun on the Canucks defence is Christian Ehrhoff, who fed Henrik Sedin for the winning goal Sunday.

Ehrhoff has two goals and eight assists for 10 points in the playoffs, second in scoring among defencemen behind San Jose’s Dan Boyle, who has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists).

Vancouver’s defence helped the Canucks earn a league-leading 262 goals and allow the least with 241 over the regular season.