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Sharks 3, Canucks 2, SO

Monday, 01.02.2012 / 8:32 PM

Associated Press

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Sharks 3, Canucks 2, SO
San Jose Sharks 3, Vancouver Canucks 2
Three Stars of the Game
Cody Hodgson
1st
Cody Hodgson
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:37
Patrick Marleau
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 24:53
Roberto Luongo
3rd
Roberto Luongo
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
GA: 2EV: 23-25
PIM: 2PP: 10-10
SV%: .943SH: 0-0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Michal Handzus made the one key play for the San Jose Sharks.

Handzus scored the only goal of the shootout Monday night and the Sharks erased some bad memories with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

The Sharks had lost twice at home to their Western Conference rival earlier this season after Vancouver eliminated San Jose from last spring's Stanley Cup playoffs in five games.

"They've been close (games)," Dan Boyle said. "They've just been on the winning side of it."

The Canucks beat San Jose 3-2 in overtime last week and 3-2 in regulation in November.

"We keep talking about how one play, whether it's early in the first (period) or late in the third," Boyle said. "One play could be the difference-maker and tonight we had to take it to a shootout to get a winner.

"It's a start. The West is so tight, every point counts so getting that extra point was big for us."

Handzus, San Jose's third man in the shootout, said he didn't think too much as he swooped in on Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.

"I just go in and look where (Luongo) is standing and then just shoot it or fake it," Handzus said. "Pretty simple. It went in for me."

Luongo said he thought Handzus slightly fanned on the shot after a couple of dekes.

"I wasn't able to read it properly off the stick and it was able to find the corner there," the Canucks goaltender said after a 33-save effort.

Vancouver's Ryan Kesler had hit the post on the previous shootout attempt and teammate Dan Hamhuis hit the far post late in the third period.

"It's nice to have it go our way, that's for sure," San Jose forward Ryane Clowe said.

The Sharks (20-11-4) were coming off four straight road losses and a two-game losing skid.

The Canucks (24-13-3) lost their second straight game and third in their past six while missing an opportunity to tie Chicago for first in the West.

Benn Ferriero and Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead midway through the game.

Jannik Hansen, with his career-high 12th goal in the first period, and Cody Hodgson in the third, scored for the Canucks.

"We always have tough games against them," said Hodgson who was stopped on a breakaway by goalie Antti Niemi, who also stopped his backhand try in the shootout.

"It's always within a goal. We knew that coming in what kind of game we were going to play. We just would have liked to be on the other end of it."

San Jose took a 2-1 lead into the third period after outshooting the Canucks 17-7 in the middle period.

Ferriero scored after a penalty kill and Marleau backhanded in a rebound for his 14th goal of the season and third in six games.

The Sharks gave the league's top power play six chances, but only Hodgson took advantage with the man advantage to tie the game with 8:25 remaining in the third period.

"That's a point where you can gain momentum or lose it and I think we gained a little bit back," Marleau said of five kills, including a 5-on-3 advantage for 1 minute, 9 seconds.

While leading the league in power-play conversions, the Canucks have scored only twice in 17 chances during the past seven games.

"Our execution may be a tad off and when you're a tad off, with the quality of goaltending and quality of penalty killing in this league it's challenging," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.

"These guys have my total confidence that we're going to get back to the level we expect on the power play."

Notes: Forward Chris Higgins returned to the Vancouver lineup after missing three games with an infected hand ... Canucks winger David Booth is back on skates after injuring his knee on Dec. 6 ... He is expected to join the team for a four-game road trip beginning Saturday against Boston.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:42
VAN
Jannik Hansen (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Cody Hodgson (13)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
01:34
SJS
Benn Ferriero (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryane Clowe (16), Logan Couture (12)
1 - 1 Tie
10:32
SJS
Patrick Marleau (14) Backhand shot - ASST: Justin Braun (4), Joe Pavelski (13)
2 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
11:35
VAN
PPG - Cody Hodgson (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Dan Hamhuis (15), Kevin Bieksa (19)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDVANSJSTOTAL
1A. Burrows
R. Clowe
0 - 0
2C. Hodgson
J. Pavelski
0 - 0
3R. Kesler
M. Handzus
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
02:57
SJS
Douglas Murray  Holding against  Kevin Bieksa
16:13
SJS
Douglas Murray  Interference against  Maxim Lapierre
17:24
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Hooking against  Dan Boyle
19:05
SJS
Jason Demers  Hi-sticking against  Maxim Lapierre
2nd Period
03:02
VAN
Andrew Ebbett  Tripping against  Jason Demers
19:48
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Slashing against  Marc-Edouard Vlasic
19:48
SJS
Marc-Edouard Vlasic  Slashing against  Alexandre Burrows
3rd Period
01:40
SJS
Jason Demers  Tripping against  Kevin Bieksa
02:31
SJS
Brent Burns  Hi-sticking against  Henrik Sedin
06:05
VAN
Roberto Luongo  Delaying the game
10:31
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Holding against  Alexandre Burrows
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Antti Niemi
SA: 29TOI: 65:00
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .931SH: 0 - 0
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
16-8-3
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
Saves: 33EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .943SH: 0 - 0