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Sharks 5, Canucks 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

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Sharks 5, Canucks 2
Vancouver Canucks 2, San Jose Sharks 5

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose looked for their third consecutive victory against Vancouver after taking the first two games north of the border earlier this season. Five Sharks scored in the contest and San Jose defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 at HP Pavilion.

Vancouver was without Roberto Luongo and went with Curtis Sanford opposite Evgeni Nabokov.

When Christian Ehrhoff drew a power play midway through the first period, the Sharks quickly made the Canucks pay. Joe Thornton gained the puck deep in the defensive zone and found Milan Michalek streaking up the ice. Taking the pass at full speed, Michalek blew by defenseman Willie Mitchell and cut into the slot. The speedy Czech winger then kept moving and roofed the puck to the upper left corner for the 1-0 lead.

With 30 seconds remaining in the first, San Jose used their speed again to strike. This time it was Patrick Marleau blazing in behind the defense for a showdown with Sanford. Once Marleau was behind the defense, he continued across the slot and went to the far side, providing a 2-0 lead at the break.

The two clubs exchanged scoring chances during the second with neither converting in the first 10 minutes. Nabokov’s top stop came when a turnover gave Matt Cooke an open shot from 12 feet out, but the Sharks netminder turned it away and then removed any angle for a rebound effort.

San Jose lost Alexei Semenov for the remainder of the game in the second period due to a hand injury.

With 7:18 remaining in the second, Joe Pavelski scored for the second consecutive game. This time Thornton was parked in the crease visually hampering Sanford and Pavelski’s quick shot from the high slot made the score 3-0.

Vancouver Head Coach Alain Vigneault pulled Sanford for rookie Drew MacIntyre at that point, using the rookie’s first NHL action in hopes of spurring his club.

It did not change much in that period as Team Teal finished the second with the 3-0 lead in tact.

The odds looked good for San Jose entering the third as they were 13-0-1 this season entering the third with a lead and Vancouver was 0-10-1 when trailing after 40 minutes.

Vancouver would finally get on the board five minutes into the third. A Lukas Krajicek shot deflected off Sandis Ozolinsh directly to the wide open Henrik Sedin who popped it into the open side of the net.

Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin scores a goal past San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov in the third period on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 (AP Photo/Tony Avelar).
Things tightened up a bit more for the Sharks when Vancouver scored their second goal five minutes later. This time a defensive zone turnover near the blueline allowed Vancouver to regain the puck and Trevor Linden helped push it past Nabokov.

San Jose would not wait to respond. As the Canucks were looking to break out of the zone, strong backchecking by Devin Setoguchi forced a turnover. The vulcanized rubber went straight to Joe Thornton. Jumbo Joe quickly skated directly into the zone and as a blueliner closed the angle, launched a canon that beat MacIntyre to the right post.

In the next minute of action, Steve Bernier made it 5-2. Working the forecheck, Bernier jumped on a turnover by Krajicek near the net and quickly fired it across the goal line before MacIntyre could regain his position.

The Sharks and Canucks exchanged power plays within the final three minutes of the game, but neither team would score and San Jose defeated Vancouver 5-2 for their second consecutive home victory.





San Jose will play hosts to the Dallas Stars on Saturday in a game scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM (Pacific). Limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at The contest will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and

From the AP Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- If anybody still doubts the San Jose Sharks after their painfully slow start at home, coach Ron Wilson wishes to refer them to the standings.

"We're second in the Western Conference, and that's all that really matters," Wilson said Thursday night. "We are where we are where we are. We keep playing like this going forward, and we don't have to worry about what our record was at home in the first two months of the regular season."

Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, Evgeni Nabokov made 15 saves and the Sharks beat Vancouver 5-2 for their sixth victory in seven games, using their speed on two early goals and capitalizing on the Canucks' mistakes for the final two tallies.

San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov covers the puck after a shot by Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 (AP Photo/Tony Avelar).

Milan Michalek, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who won consecutive home games for just the second time all season to stay in a first-place tie with Dallas in the Pacific Division, passing Vancouver for second place in the conference standings.

Despite a strong road record, San Jose won just five of its first 13 games at home, among the league's worst marks. Those woes appear to be fading, with the Sharks getting at least one point from six of their last eight games at the Shark Tank.

"It feels good we got some wins at home, and it's going to continue like that," Michalek said. "We were talking about it before the game, (how) we had to come out hard on them because they played the night before."

Henrik Sedin and Trevor Linden scored third-period goals for the road-weary Canucks to trim San Jose's three-goal lead. Vancouver, which beat Anaheim on Wednesday night, then made two glaring turnovers that turned into goals for Thornton and Steve Bernier, sealing Nabokov's league-leading 17th victory.

"Our of five goals, four of them were mistakes, and you can't play like that," said Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell, who got dusted by Michalek on San Jose's first goal. "Against a team that good, you can't make more than one mistake."

Nabokov has started each of the Sharks' 30 games this season, and the veteran has rarely been better. He picked up his league-leading 17th victory and barely missed his 39th career shutout while keeping his goals-against average at 2.00, the second-best mark in the NHL behind Detroit's Chris Osgood.

Curtis Sanford allowed three goals on 12 shots while filling in again for Roberto Luongo, who has missed four of Vancouver's last five games with bruised ribs. Drew MacIntyre made his NHL debut in relief of Sanford after the Sharks went up 3-0 in the second period.

Sharks Captain Patrick Marleau scores a goal past Vancouver Canucks goalie Curtis Sanford on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 (AP Photo/Tony Avelar).

Vancouver, playing without Brendan Morrison for the second straight night, lost for the third time in four games overall. The Canucks labored at times during their sixth game in nine days.

"We weren't sharp at all," Vancouver captain Markus Naslund said. "We didn't play like we had anything in it. All along, we've said we weren't going to use any excuses, about injuries or scheduling."

Michalek showed why he's one of the NHL's most highly regarded young forwards with a stunning move to open the scoring midway through the first period. He collected Thornton's pass on a power-play rush and left Mitchell flat-footed, turning the corner for his 10th goal.

Marleau then sped past another defender for another breakaway goal, just his second in 10 games.

Pavelski padded the Sharks' lead in the second period with a deceptive shot from the slot, handcuffing Sanford. San Jose also kept up its stellar defensive play, allowing just eight shots in the first 39 minutes.

Sedin ended Nabokov's shutout bid with 14:51 to play, tapping home a rebound of Lukas Krajicek's shot that bounced right to his stick. Linden got credit for his third goal of the season midway through the period when Nabokov stopped his shot, but then kicked it into the net behind him.

But Thornton kept the Sharks comfortably ahead 41 seconds later when Devin Setoguchi stole a Vancouver pass and fed the 2005-06 MVP for a breakaway slap shot with 9:07 to play. Bernier padded the lead 1 minute later when Krajicek coughed up the puck right next to the net.

Notes: Sharks D Alexei Semenov left in the second period with a hand injury. He left the Shark Tank with a heavy wrap on his right hand, particularly around his last two fingers. ... Morrison's streak of 542 consecutive games ended Wednesday night. His wrist injury will require surgery. C Ryan Kesler also missed his first game of the season with an illness. ... Bernier has three goals in two games after scoring just three in his previous 16 outings.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Milan Michalek (10) ASST: Joe Thornton (25)
1 - 0 SJS
Patrick Marleau (6) ASST: Marcel Goc (2), Christian Ehrhoff (11)
2 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
Joe Pavelski (7) ASST: Curtis Brown (2), Craig Rivet (12)
3 - 0 SJS
3rd Period
Henrik Sedin (6) ASST: Lukas Krajicek (7), Mason Raymond (3)
3 - 1 SJS
Matt Cooke (5) ASST: Trevor Linden (3), Alexandre Burrows (7)
3 - 2 SJS
Joe Thornton (13) ASST: Devin Setoguchi (2)
4 - 2 SJS
Steve Bernier (8) ASST: NONE
5 - 2 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
Jason Jaffray  Hooking against  Christian Ehrhoff
2nd Period
Daniel Sedin  Holding against  Craig Rivet
Milan Michalek  Hi-sticking against  Willie Mitchell
3rd Period
Jason Jaffray  Hooking against  Patrick Rissmiller
Christian Ehrhoff  Holding against  Byron Ritchie
goalie stats
Drew MacIntyre
Drew MacIntyre
SA: 11TOI: 27:18
Saves: 9EV: 7 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0
Curtis Sanford
Curtis Sanford
SA: 12TOI: 32:42
Saves: 9EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 17TOI: 60:00
Saves: 15EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1
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