NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at San Jose
(Wednesday, November 16th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, San Jose 1
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Ed Jovanovski scored the go-ahead power play goal with 9:45 left and Dan Cloutier made 25 saves, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the San Jose Sharks, 3-1, at HP Pavilion.
Richard Park and Anson Carter both notched goals and Mattias Ohlund tallied his 12th assist for Vancouver, which has won two straight after a three-game skid.
Marcel Goc scored San Jose's only goal and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21 of 24 shots for the Sharks, who have lost four straight
Vancouver drew first blood 8:54 into the first period after Park beat Nabokov for a shorthanded tally. Ohlund wristed a shot on goal that hit a player in front. Park picked up the loose change and beat Nabokov glove side.
"We made an awful play up the ice," Sharks head coach Ron Wilson said. "It was a bad pass. You know they have four guys on the ice, we have five. You should be able to find someone open and execute a good pass and we didn't. Then coming back, defensemen should never leave their feet on a 2-on-1 and we did."
San Jose netted the equalizer 5:14 into the second period after Goc wristed a shot past Cloutier from the right circle. Josh Langfeld poke-checked the puck out of his zone that was gathered by Goc along the right boards at center ice. Goc skated 2-on-1 into the Canucks zone but instead of passing, he took a wrister that beat Nabokov high.
The Canucks regained the lead while on the man advantage after Jovanovski redirected a pass past Nabokov. Brendan Morrison passed the puck from below the right circle to Jovanovski, who was camped on the post to Nabokov's glove side.
"Our power play had two really big goals and that was the difference in the hockey game," Vancouver head coach Marc Crawford said. "We thought that they played very well. The second period was all Sharks, but I like the way that we responded."
Vancouver extended its lead to 3-1 while on the man advantage after Carter poked a rebound through Nabokov's five hole with 6:07 left. Daniel Sedin took a heavy slap shot from the right circle that hit Nabokov high on the chest. The rebound dropped right to his feet and Carter, who was uncovered, easily tapped it between Nabokov's legs.
The Sharks pulled Nabokov with over a minute remaining in the game and got a quality scoring chance with 41 seconds left after Marco Sturm had a side-angle shot. But Cloutier got over in time to make the save and then sat on the rebound to keep the Sharks at bay.
Vancouver has won eight of nine games at GM Place, but only four of 10 away from home...The Sharks have scored only seven goals in their last five games, with Goc accounting for three of the scores...The Sharks have lost three straight at home after winning their first four contests there...The Sharks fell to 4-2-1 at home this season, while Vancouver is 4-4-2 on the road...The Canucks have won three straight against the Sharks, but San Jose is 8-5-1 in the last 14 matchups. Vancouver has also dropped four of its last seven games at HP Pavilion...The Sharks activated right wing Scott Thornton from the injured reserve list and placed goaltender Vesa Toskala on injured reserve retroactive to November 9th...Vancouver was 2-for-5 on the power play, while San Jose finished 0-for-8.
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