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Canucks maul Sharks in brutal loss
SJ falls 10-1 in worst performance of the season
11/02/2023 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks entered their game with the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night, having scored 9 total goal this season. The Canucks bum-rushed San Jose on SAP Center ice by matching and exceeding their goal output for the season, as Vancouver embarrassed the Sharks in a 10-1 shellacking. The Canucks went 4-for-5 on the power play, led by Quinn Hughes who recorded 5 points in the game. The Sharks fell for the 10th time this season and are still searching for their elusive 1st win of the season.

The Sharks made life extremely difficult for themselves just a minute into the game when Nico Sturm took a double minor for high sticking on a play that could have easily been avoided. Sturm's carelessness would set the tone for the entire game, because the Canucks would convert twice on the ensuing power play chances.

Brock Boeser scored his 7th goal of the season on a one-time blast from the left dot at 2:23 on a Elias Pettersson feed.

The Canucks would bag another goal 97 seconds later when J.T. Miller gathered a rebound off the end boards and slipped it past goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen. Boeser fired a puck in as they gained the zone, before Miller beat two Shark defenders to the puck.

Quinn Hughes made it a comfortable 3-0 lead at the 8 minute mark of the period when he ripped a shot from the blueline that deflected off a Shark and past Kahkonen for his 4th goal of the season.

An avoidable tripping penalty by Mario Ferraro allowed Vancouver to pile on. Boeser converted for this 2nd power play goal of the period and just like that, the Sharks were in a 4-0 hole. It was a perfect 3-for-3 for the Vancouver power play in the period.

Ilya Mikheyev stuffed home a Carson Soucy feed 63 seconds into the 2nd period after he skated to the right post and setup camp without a defender within 20 feet of him.

The Canucks made it 6-0 at 8:47 when Andrei Kuzmenko took a Pettersson feed and skated in on net and snapped a shot between Kahkonen and the right post. Kuzmenko caught the Sharks goaltender in the head as he skated by, knocking him out of the game after being shaken up on the play.

Sam Lafferty scored his 3rd goal of the season at 12:35, wrapping a puck around the left post after he skated around the back of the Sharks net. The puck cut across the crease before hitting Ferraro's skate and into the net. It was that kind of night.

Pius Suter scored his 1st goal of the season with 2:34 remaining in the period right after the Canucks had killed a delay of game penalty to Hughes. The Canucks worked the puck up ice and Hughes setup a one-time chance for his 5th point of the night after Suter pumped a shot past MacKenzie Blackwood.

Kevin Labanc was whistled for holding the stick 1:27 into the 3rd period, setting up the 5th power play of the night for Vancouver. Anthony Beauvillier would convert his 1st goal of the season, allowing the Canucks to match the Sharks entire goal output for the entire season.

Fabian Zetterlund provided the Sharks lone goal, with a power play tally at 16:12 of the final frame. The Swede now leads the team with 3 goals this season.

Game Notes:

* Nikita Okhotiuk made his Sharks debut on the blueline. The defenseman was part of the Timo Meier trade last spring, and entered play with 15 NHL games under his belt.

* The 3 power play goals allowed by San Jose marked the 2nd time in franchise history that they allowed that many goals on the man-advantage to start a game.

* Had Fabian Zetterlund not scored late in the game, the Sharks would have set a franchise record for worst shutout loss in franchise history after falling behind 10-0. The Sharks fell to the New Jersey Devils in their inaugural season of 1991-92 by a 9-0 score, but that was all moot after Zetterlund bailed out the franchise.

* Canucks defenseman Mark Friedman took a shot off the cheek in the 3rd period and made a bee-line for the dressing room to receive medical attention. He would return to the game 4 minutes later.

* San Jose finished the night a -30 on the plus minus. When was the last time you saw a line like that.


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1 2 3 T
VAN 4 4 2 10
SJ 0 0 1 1
1st period - 1, VAN, Boeser 7 (Pettersson, Hughes), 2:23, (pp). 2, VAN, Miller 6 (Boeser, Hughes), 4:00, (pp). 3, VAN, Hughes 4 (Hronek, Lafferty), 8:00. 4, VAN, Boeser 8 (Kuzmenko, Miller), 16:49, (pp).
2nd period - 5, VAN, Mikheyev 3 (Soucy, Pettersson), 1:03. 6, VAN, Kuzmenko 3 (Pettersson, Friedman), 8:47. 7, VAN, Lafferty 3 (Miller, Hughes), 12:35. 8, VAN, Suter 1 (Hughes), 17:26.
3rd period - 9, VAN, Beauvillier 1 (Soucy, Hronek), 3:10, (pp). 10, VAN, Beauvillier 2 (Garland), 11:58. 11, SJ, Zetterlund 3 (Kunin, Labanc), 16:12, (pp).
1st period - Sturm, SJ (high sticking - double minor), 1:09; Ferraro, SJ (tripping), 15:47.
2nd period - Hughes, VAN (holding the stick), 2:27; Giuseppe, VAN (fighting major), 10:19; Kunin, SJ (fighting major), 10:19; Kunin, SJ (interference), 10:19; Hughes, VAN (delay of game - puck over glass), 15:08.
3rd period - Labanc, SJ (holding the stick), 1:27; Hughes, VAN (interference), 14:32.
Shots Saves
VAN - Demko 30 29
SJ - Khakonen 19 13
SJ - Blackwood 14 10
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VAN 15 10 8 33
SJ 6 7 17 30
Power Play Conversion
VAN 4 of 5
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Quinn Hughes
J.T. Miller
Brock Boeser
SAP Center - 10,719
Referees: #33 Kevin Pollock, #34 Brandon Schrader . Linesmen: #83 Matt MacPherson, #98 Dan Kelly.

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