NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at San Jose
(Thursday, December 13th)
Final Score: San Jose 5, Vancouver 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks roughed up the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2, at HP Pavilion.
Milan Michalek, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Steve Bernier each had a goal for the Sharks, who have won five of their last six games. Evgeni Nabokov only needed to make 15 saves for the win.
"We came out strong tonight and we're able to rebound from a tough start to the third period," said Marleau. "Home games are huge for us and hopefully we can keep winning here."
Henrik Sedin and Trevor Linden each had a goal for the Canucks, who have lost three of four. Curtis Sanford started in net but was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals on 12 shots. Drew MacIntyre finished the game in net and made nine saves.
The Sharks scored twice in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.
On the power play, Michalek took a feed, skated in on a power play and roofed a low forehand shot into the left corner of the net at the 11:40 mark.
Marleau got the other goal of the period as he flew down the left wing, cut out in front and deposited a backhander into the net with just 25.6 left in the first.
Nabokov only needed to make four stops in the first period to keep Vancouver on the scoreboard.
San Jose made it 3-0 12:42 into the second as Curtis Brown sent a pass from the right circle to the slot where a one-timer from Pavelski found its way past Sanford.
Sanford was replace in net by MacIntyre after the goal.
Vancouver rallied in the third period to make it a one-goal game.
A shot from Lukas Krajicek in the high slot hit a defender in front. However, the puck went right to Sedin, who banged in the rebound from the left side at the 5:09 mark.
A right point shot from Alexandre Burrows was stopped by Nabokov, but Linden was on the doorstep to put home the rebound and make it a 3-2 game with 9:54 to play.
However, the Sharks regained their two-goal lead as Devin Setoguchi caused a turnover at the Vancouver blueline and got the puck to Thornton, who skated in a on net and blasted a slap shot past MacIntyre just 41 seconds after Vancouver's last goal.
Bernier then gave San Jose a three-goal cushion with 8:13 left when he picked up a turnover and wristed it home for his eighth goal of the season.
Vancouver plays in Edmonton on Saturday...The Sharks host Dallas on Saturday...San Jose has won all three matchups with Vancouver this season...San Jose went 1-for-3 on the power play while Vancouver failed to score on either of its two chances.
12/14 01:04:34 ET