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NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Vancouver

(Monday, January 5th)

Final Score: San Jose 2, Vancouver 1

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau scored with 39 seconds left in the third period to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.

Scott Thornton also scored for San Jose, which rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the third period to earn its second straight win. The Sharks improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine.

Vesa Toskala finished with 37 saves for the Sharks, who were outshot 38-19. San Jose finished a four-game road trip 3-1-0, allowing a total of four goals.

Henrik Sedin had the lone goal for Vancouver, which has lost three straight at home and is winless in its last four at GM Place (0-3-1). The Canucks haven't won at home in regulation since November 8 and are just 4-5-3 in that span, with all four victories coming in overtime.

This one appeared headed for the extra session, but San Jose's Nicholas Dimitrakos hounded Trevor Linden as he tried to skate the puck out of the Vancouver zone. Linden stopped just before he reached his own blue line, then turned the puck over.

Marleau was the recipient of the giveaway, skated in a few strides and snapped a low shot from the edge of the right circle past Dan Cloutier and inside the right post for his 18th goal of the season.

Cloutier finished the game with 17 saves.

The goaltenders kept the game scoreless through two periods.

Toskala stopped nine shots in the first period and 14 in the second, while Cloutier turned aside seven in the first and four in the second.

The Canucks finally broke the scoreless drought at 7:14 of the third period. Markus Naslund sent a weak shot from the left boards toward the net and Toskala was unable to control it. Sedin corralled the rebound in the low slot and beat Toskala for his third goal of the season.

Thornton tied it for San Jose just 1:32 later. Jonathan Cheechoo picked up the puck behind the net and fed a pass into the slot for Thornton, who snapped a hard wrister into the upper right corner for his sixth goal.

Game Notes

Toskala has yielded two goals or less in 12 of his last 14 games...San Jose netminder Evgeni Nabokov was not with the club, but will return Tuesday after attending a friend's funeral in Toronto...The Sharks were 0-for-5 on the power play and killed off each of Vancouver's four chances with the extra skater. San Jose has surrendered just two power-play goals in 37 shorthanded situations in its last nine games.

01/06 00:44:25 ET

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