NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at San Jose
(Friday, April 2nd)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, San Jose 1
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Cooke scored a goal and Brendan Morrison added two assists to lead Vancouver to a 4-1 win over San Jose at HP Pavilion.
Mattias Ohlund, Henrik Sedin and Artem Chubarov also lit the lamp for the Canucks, who won their fifth straight overall and stayed tied with Colorado for the lead in the Northwest Division with 99 points. Vancouver owns the tiebreaker over the Avalanche, as both have one game left in the regular season. Dan Cloutier earned his fifth straight win by stopping 33 of 34 shots.
"It was a good game tonight," Cloutier said. "I thought we played extremely well after being a little sloppy in the first period."
Todd Harvey scored the Sharks lone tally, as San Jose had a five-game winning streak snapped. San Jose, which already clinched the Pacific Division, is in second in the Western Conference with 102 points. Vesa Toskala suffered the loss in net by allowing three goals on 25 shots faced.
Harvey knotted the game at 1-1 for San Jose at the 11:26 mark of the first period, as he put a rebound from a Nicholas Dimitrikos slap shot past Cloutier for his fourth of the season.
However, Cooke scored the eventual game-winning goal 31 seconds later for the Canucks. Morrison fired a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle, which was deflected into the net by Cooke, who had skated onto the doorstep to get into position for the tally.
Vancouver went up by two goals 1:52 into the second period on a Sedin wrister from the crease that beat Toskala through his five-hole.
Cloutier, who had made 14 saves in the opening period, stood up strong in the second frame to preserve Vancouver's lead by stopping all 11 shots faced.
Chubarov added an empty-netter with just 25 seconds remaining in the game to seal the win. It was Chubarov's 12th of the campaign.
The Canucks improved to 25-3-1 when leading after two periods this season.
Ohlund started the goal scoring as he gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead 1:29 into the game with a wrister that beat Toskala gloveside.
Vancouver took three out of four games from the Sharks in the season series.
The Canucks improved to 22-11-3-5 on the road this season...San Jose lost for just the eighth time in regulation at home this season (23-8-7-2)...Vancouver had lost five straight before its current winning streak.
04/03 01:39:59 ET