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Sharks 3, Canucks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

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Sharks 3, Canucks 1
Vancouver Canucks 1, San Jose Sharks 3

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 3-1, on the strength of power-play goals by Jeremy Roenick, Milan Michalek and a tally by defenseman Craig Rivet on Thursday night at HP Pavilion.

The night's goaltendering matchup featured two of the NHL's elite netminders - Evgeni Nabokov and Roberto Luongo. On the same day he was awarded his 2008 All-Star jersey, Nabokov proved his superior status, making 21 saves while allowing one goal late in the third period.

San Jose couldn’t score on the game’s first power play, but did manage to score the game’s first goal with less than six left in the first period. The Sharks found themselves on a four-on-two rush, with Rivet controlling the play. Vancouver’s defense played the pass the entire way and Rivet kept skating toward the net. Mike Grier had parked himself in front of Luongo and Rivet took advantage of the distraction, potting the go-ahead tally from eight feet out.

When the striped shirts handed the Canucks a 57 second five-on-three power play, Team Teal gave a clinic in killing off shorthanded situations. Whether it was Grier blocking shots, Marc-Edouard Vlasic single-handedly clearing the puck with two attackers on him or Michalek creating a breakaway, San Jose dominated while down a man. Had a call been made when a Vancouver defender used his stick from behind on Michalek’s hand during the breakaway, the lead may have doubled.

Instead the Sharks would have to settle for the 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. San Jose’s defense limited Vancouver to three shots in the first.

When Joe Pavelski was drawn down in front of Luongo, the Sharks had an early second period power play. Team Teal had several chances while on the delayed penalty, but when the man-advantage started, the Sharks struck. Jonathan Cheechoo was parked out front, keeping the defense’s attention and, when a rebound came to the side of the net, Jeremy Roenick was there to slide the puck into the open half of the net for the 2-0 lead.

On a third power play of the middle period, the Sharks looked locked to take a 3-0 lead. On the play, Luongo was down and Michalek lifted the puck toward the net. Somehow, Luongo timed his rising stick to deflect the puck and the lead stayed at two.

Vancouver's Daniel Sedin is denied by Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov in the third period on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)
Vancouver mounted a counter attack going the other way, but Nabokov stoned Taylor Pyatt’s one-on-one showdown, keeping Vancouver off the scoreboard. After 40 minutes, San Jose held a strong 2-0 lead.

Nabokov pulled out his save of the game three minutes into the third. On the play, Alexandre Burrows snuck behind the defense for a split second and appeared headed for a breakaway. However, Douglas Murray kept the backcheck on and Nabokov charged the puck, poking it away. Burrows beat everyone to the rebound, but his quick shot from the goal line bounced off the post and caromed right to Nabokov. It was the epitome of the bounces going San Jose’s way.

Vancouver gave the Sharks yet another man-advantage six minutes into the third and this time Michalek would not let Luongo stop him. Things began when Patrick Marleau delivered a pass to Joe Thornton skating through the slot. His shot was captured by Michalek at the side of the net and he lifted it above the downed Luongo for goal number three.

With a minute remaining, Vancouver elected to keep Luongo in net and as time expired, the sell-out crowd at HP Pavilion gave the Sharks a standing ovation for their 3-1 victory.




The Sharks return to action Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m. at HP Pavilion. Limited tickets are 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) -Though Evgeni Nabokov and Roberto Luongo are the Western Conference's top two goalies by most measures, the San Jose star has loomed large over his Vancouver counterpart whenever they've gone mask-to-mask this season.

Jeremy Roenick and Milan Michalek scored power play goals, and the Sharks beat the Canucks 3-1 Thursday night to sweep the season series with their sixth victory in seven games overall.

Craig Rivet had a goal and an assist, and Nabokov celebrated his All-Star selection with 20 saves in his NHL-leading 24th victory for the Sharks.

San Jose has won all four of its meetings this season with the Canucks, and Nabokov has been superior to Luongo in three of them - though you'll never get Nabby to acknowledge it.

"There's so many great goalies in the league, so you (can't) pay attention to every time somebody comes in," Nabokov said. "We've played pretty well against them, but that's because of everybody on the roster. It's not just about the goalie."

Luongo and Nabokov have been among the NHL's elite netminders all season, and they would have been teammates at the All-Star game later in the month if Luongo hadn't decided to skip the game to be with his pregnant wife in their offseason Florida home. Luongo was voted the West starter by the fans, but Nabokov might replace him after getting added to the team as a reserve.

Luongo worried his team was in trouble after another slow start against the Sharks, who have outscored Vancouver 15-6 this season.

"I think every game against us, they've got out to an early lead," said Luongo, who stopped 28 shots. "It's been hard to come back. We knew it was going to be a tight affair. These guys play well defensively."

Nabokov, who has started all 42 of the Sharks' games, has few blemishes on what's shaping up as his best year - although he has blown five shutout bids in the third period this season, including three in the last 11 days.

Ryan Kesler ended Nabokov's latest shutout bid with 7:35 to play, but the Sharks' stopper made every other big play to back another sterling defensive game for his club.

Joe Thornton, the Sharks' other All-Star along with coach Ron Wilson, picked up three assists to avoid his first three-game scoring drought since late 2006. The Sharks have just eight home wins despite their first-place standing, but a few more sterling defensive games could increase that total quickly.

"It's a new year, and as long as we keep getting wins, it doesn't really matter where we get them," Thornton said. "I think we can improve the home record significantly. ... We go as Nabby goes. He's a big part of this team, and we really needed him tonight."

The clubs entered the game with 52 points apiece, tied for third place in the Western Conference. The victory vaulted the Sharks back into a tie for first place with Dallas in the Pacific Division.

"This team obviously has our number this year," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "They've outplayed us in all areas of the game. We couldn't sustain their pace tonight. They were the much better team."

San Jose scored first late in the opening period on a remarkable effort by Mike Grier, who forced a turnover and led an odd-man rush before feeding Rivet and screening Luongo while the defenseman scored his fourth goal. Rivet has three goals in five games after getting just two in his first 35 games this season.

Roenick added his eighth goal during a power play early in the second with a smooth backhand of Rivet's rebound. The goal was his 503rd, moving him out of a tie for second place in career goal-scoring among U.S.-born players behind Mike Modano.

"It's always good to get individual achievements, but I was more happy with how our team played tonight," Roenick said. "I think it was one of the best games we've played all year."

Notes: Thornton has 200 assists in his first 181 games with San Jose. ... The Sharks hadn't scored two power-play goals in a game since Nov. 30, with their unit slipping into the bottom third of the NHL. ... LW Jeff Cowan returned to Vancouver's lineup after missing 13 games with a shoulder injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
Craig Rivet (4) ASST: Michael Grier (6), Joe Thornton (34)
1 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
PPG - Jeremy Roenick (8) ASST: Craig Rivet (15), Joe Thornton (35)
2 - 0 SJS
3rd Period
PPG - Milan Michalek (14) ASST: Steve Bernier (7), Joe Thornton (36)
3 - 0 SJS
Ryan Kesler (11) ASST: Alexandre Burrows (9), Matt Cooke (5)
3 - 1 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Patrick Marleau
Patrick Marleau  Cross checking against  Mike Weaver
Craig Rivet  Slashing against  Taylor Pyatt
2nd Period
Lukas Krajicek  Hooking against  Joe Pavelski
Alexander Edler  Holding against  Joe Pavelski
Jeff Cowan  Hi-sticking against  Milan Michalek
Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Jonathan Cheechoo
3rd Period
Aaron Miller  Holding against  Marcel Goc
Jason Jaffray  Hi-sticking against  Christian Ehrhoff
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .903SH: 0 - 0
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 21TOI: 59:38
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .952SH: 0 - 0
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