NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at San Jose
(Saturday, March 27th)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Vancouver 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau had a goal and three assists as the San Jose Sharks took a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks at HP Pavilion.
Joe Pavelski, Dany Heatley and Ryane Clowe each had a goal for the Sharks, who have won three straight after dropping six in a row. Evgeni Nabokov made 35 stops in the victory.
The win moves San Jose to 102 points on the season, two ahead of Phoenix for first place in the Pacific Division and first overall in the Western Conference. San Jose has a game in hand on Phoenix, which defeated Colorado, 6-2, on Saturday.
In bad news for San Jose, Joe Thornton left the game with 4:37 to play in the second period after he fell into the boards off of a push by Alexander Edler. He stayed on the ice for several minutes then was helped into the locker room, favoring his right leg.
"He's a durable player, but he's human. That's part of the game," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said of Thornton. "When he's ready to go he'll be right back at it."
Manny Malhotra also left the game in the final minute of play after he was hit in the face with the puck. He skated right off the ice under his own power with blood dripping down his face.
Alexandre Burrows had a goal and an assist and Daniel Sedin also lit the lamp for the Canucks, who have dropped four of their last six. Roberto Luongo stopped 26-of-29 shots in the loss.
Vancouver sits in first place in the Northwest Division, five points ahead of Colorado.
Henrik Sedin assisted on Burrows' goal and it was his 100th point on the season. He is the first Canuck to reach the 100-point mark in a season since Markus Naslund posted 104 points in the 2002-03 season. He finished the game with two assists and holds a three-point lead over Washington's Alex Ovechkin for tops in the NHL.
Trailing by two goals to start the third, Vancouver made it a 3-2 game 7:55 in on the power play as Burrows blasted a shot from the left circle that was stopped, but the rebound went to the right side and Daniel Sedin was there to bang it home.
A few minutes later, Burrows blasted a shot from the left circle that went off the far post.
Vancouver got Luongo out of the net with just over a minute to play, but Clowe put the puck into the empty net to seal the win.
Vancouver got the only goal of the first period at the 9:38 mark when Burrows threw a shot on net from a sharp angle at the left side that squeezed between the pad of Nabokov and the post.
San Jose, though, struck three times in the middle stanza to take the lead.
The first goal came 3:01 in on the power play when Heatley faked the pass and from the top of the right circle fired a wrister home.
Near the midway mark of the stanza, Marleau forced a turnover from Edler at the San Jose blueline and skated down the other end. On the breakaway, he faked to the backhand and slid the puck into the net.
Two minutes later, Pavelski made it a 3-1 game as his initial shot was stopped, but he swiped the rebound out of the air and into the net for his 23rd goal of the season.
San Jose hosts Colorado on Sunday...Vancouver hosts Phoenix on Tuesday...San Jose has taken two of three against Vancouver this season. These two teams will face each other one last time in San Jose on April 8...Vancouver went 1- for-4 on the power play while San Jose was 1-for-3...Rob Blake had two assists in the win for San Jose.
03/28 03:23:06 ET