NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Vancouver
(Friday, October 13th)
Final Score: San Jose 6, Vancouver 4
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Curtis Brown's shorthanded breakaway goal in the third period proved to be the game-winner, as the San Jose Sharks topped the Vancouver Canucks, 6-4, at General Motors Place.
Mike Grier, Ville Nieminen, Patrick Rissmiller, Patrick Marleau and Christian Ehrhoff all scored for the Sharks, who have won four of their first five games. Vesa Toskala made 22 saves in the contest.
Markus Naslund scored his 300th goal as a Canuck, tying him with Trevor Linden for the franchise lead while Kevin Bieksa, Mattias Ohlund and Daniel Sedin all scored for Vancouver, which fell to 20-14-3 in home openers. Roberto Luongo was subpar in his first game at home, stopping 31-of-37 shots.
Marleau used a backhanded deflection of Milan Michalek's shot to get the puck over Luongo's glove for a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
Naslund evened the score at the 4:14 mark as Henrik Sedin fed him a touch pass before depositing the puck into the open net.
With 1:37 left in the opening period, Michalek's shot from the left circle was blocked but Ehrhoff was there to fire the rebound over Luongo's blocker for a 2-1 edge.
Bieksa tallied his first NHL goal 7:52 into the second as he put the puck just inside the left post from the right circle with the man advantage.
Ryane Clowe took the puck along the right wall and ripped a slap shot from the right circle, Rissmiller wristed the rebound past Luongo for a 3-2 lead with 7:46 remaining in the second period.
San Jose opened a two-goal lead exactly two minutes later when Nieminen got behind the netminder and stuffed in a rebound as Scott Hannan put the puck on net.
Vancouver pulled within one with 1:45 to play in the middle stanza. Henrik Sedin fed a pass to Daniel Sedin, who skated across the goalmouth and beat Toskala high to the glove side.
The Canucks had a 5-on-3 for 1:41, spanning the second and third periods, but as Brown came out of the box he was set up on a breakaway off a Toskala tip. He skated through the right circle before backhanding the shot top shelf 1:23 into the final frame.
Just under 10 minutes into the third period Mats Ohlund fired a slap shot from the right point to pull within 5-4, but less than two minutes later Matthew Carle blocked a shot and fed the disc to Grier, who backhanded the puck into the net on the breakaway to regain the two-goal margin.
Dallas travels to San Jose on Tuesday while Vancouver welcomes Edmonton on Monday...Toskala has a 10-game winning streak, dating back to April 3, 2006...Daniel Sedin has scored a point in every game this season...Michalek has scored a point in three straight games.
10/14 01:19:31 ET