NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at San Jose
(Friday, March 9th)
Final Score: Vancouver 2, San Jose 1 (OT)
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Henrik Sedin scored with 1:30 remaining in overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a thrilling 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.
In the extra session, Kevin Bieksa fired a long outlet pass that sent Sedin behind the San Jose defense and in all alone on Evgeni Nabokov. From in tight, Sedin attempted to tuck the puck inside the left post on his forehand but Nabokov made the pad stop. The rebound though stayed in front and Sedin managed to push the disc over the goal line to give Vancouver the victory.
Sedin's overtime winner gave Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, who made 25 saves, his 39th win of the season, setting a new franchise record for victories in a season.
Taylor Pyatt scored in regulation for Vancouver, which picked up its fifth straight win. The Canucks remained in the third spot in the Western Conference and have a four-point lead over Minnesota in the Northwest Division.
Patrick Marleau tallied the lone goal for the Sharks, who had a two-game win streak snapped. Nabokov finished with 35 saves for San Jose, which sit in the sixth spot in the West.
"There wasn't much room," said San Jose head coach Ron Wilson. "It was a playoff atmosphere. You're kinda waiting for a break and we had a couple of breakdowns and they took advantage. Their goalie made a couple of huge saves."
After two periods of scoreless hockey, the Canucks finally cracked the scoreboard 1:06 into the third period.
Pyatt fired a quick snap shot in the slot and Nabokov made the save but couldn't control the rebound. He alertly followed up his shot on the play and moved past a defender, firing the rebound into the top right corner of the net.
San Jose did not respond well after the goal and had just two shots on goal in the first 10 minutes of the frame.
The Sharks did cash in on a power-play opportunity though as Marleau netted his 30th goal of the season to even the score at 1-1 with 6:58 remaining in the third. From the right circle, Joe Thornton sent a pass to a streaking Marleau in front and he lifted the disc over Luongo's left shoulder.
After a scoreless opening period, the Canucks dominated the second stanza but could not put the disc into the net. Vancouver fired 18 shots on goal in the second but Nabokov stood tall between the pipes, making all the saves.
Sedin's goal was his ninth of the season...The Sharks went 1-for-4 on the power play while the Canucks did not score in two chances with the man advantage...Vancouver outshot San Jose, 37-26.
03/10 02:22:09 ET