NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Vancouver
(Wednesday, April 12th)
Final Score: San Jose 5, Vancouver 4 (OT)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Christian Ehrhoff scored 34 seconds into overtime to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the front end of a home-and-home series at GM Place.
Scott Hannan had a goal and an assist and Joe Thornton notched four assists for the Sharks, who with the win have clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Vesa Toskala stopped 20 shots for San Jose, which has won six straight games, moved one point ahead of Colorado for the sixth playoff seed in the West and trails Anaheim by one point for the fifth spot.
Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists and Alexander Auld stopped 22 shots for the Canucks, who have dropped two straight and five of their last six games.
Vancouver trails Edmonton by one point for the final playoff spot in the West and both teams have two games left to play.
The teams travel to the Shark Tank for a game on Thursday.
In the extra session Thornton received the puck behind his own net and brought it into the Vancouver end. From the low right circle he slammed on the brakes and fed the puck to Ehrhoff, who from the inside of the right circle fired a wrister under the glove of Auld for the game winner.
"You just gotta find an open spot on the ice and you know he is going to find you," said Ehrhoff about Thornton. "That's pretty easy for us to do. Just get open and he'll find you."
The Canucks grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Mattias Ohlund's slap shot from the right circle went through a screen and into the net for a power-play goal 6:25 into the first period.
Markus Naslund's 31st goal of the season with 9:16 left in the first period made it a 2-0 Vancouver lead.
The Sharks, though, scored goals separated by 1:36 to make it a 2-2 game going into the first intermission.
Grant Stevenson got San Jose on the board when he took an outlet pass from Thornton, skated in alone and from the low slot fired a wrister into the right corner with 2:39 left in the first. Shortly after Nils Ekman's 19th goal of the season tied the game up.
San Jose grabbed a 3-2 lead 7:52 into the second period. Milan Michalek brought the puck into the Vancouver zone and from the high slot got it to Steve Bernier at the right circle. Bernier brought the puck down low and centered it to Michalek, who redirected it into the net for his 17th goal of the season.
However, Vancouver tied the game back up with a power-play goal. Henrik Sedin had the disc at the top of the right circle, faked the shot and sent a centering pass to Daniel Sedin, who tapped it into the net for his 22nd goal of the year.
The Canucks took a 4-3 lead in the third stanza. Nolan Baumgartner kept the puck in the San Jose zone on an attempted clear and from the right point sent the puck to left point where Bryan Allen let fly with a slap shot that went through a screen and into the net 6:14 in.
However, San Jose tied the game up when Hannan's wrist shot from the high slot went into the left corner of the net with 4:03 to play.
"It's a tough game to swallow the way we ended the game," said Ohlund. "It was a game with a lot of emotions. For the most part of the game we played pretty hard. Those are the type of games you have to get two points."
Thornton has 119 points and trails Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr by two points for the point scoring lead...San Jose went 1-for-5 on the power play while Vancouver connected on three of its six man advantages...Vancouver had won four straight against San Jose prior to the game.
04/13 01:30:06 ET