The Vancouver Canucks entered play on Saturday
night with the best record in the NHL. San Jose entered with the worst record.
You're probably picking up on a theme here. The good news for San Jose is that
they're done playing Vancouver for the remainder of the season. The Canucks
scored 2 goals or more in each period en route to a 7-4 win over the Sharks at
Rogers Arena in British Columbia.
The Sharks did score 4 goals against
an elite opponent, but when San Jose makes mistakes an opponent of this caliber
made them pay. The Sharks have now lost 5 games in a row as they enter the
Everyone player in a white and teal sweater was
accountable for this loss, but the Sharks needed goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood
to step it up. Blackwood has surrendered 5 goals in 3 straight starts.
The Sharks were forced to play catch up from the onset of the game after Andrei
Kuzmenko buried a shot from the slot 1:34 into the contest. Kuzmenko fished a
puck out of Mikael Granlund's skates after an Elias Pettersson pass from the
left wing deflected off Ilya Mikheyev and landed between the circles.
Mike Hoffman took a bad interference penalty in the offensive zone at 5:37,
knocking Quinn Hughes off his skates with a push from behind as both were
perched in front of the Canucks net. Kuzmenko converted on the ensuing power
play by deflecting a JT Miller shot from the high slot.
Granlund halved the Canucks lead with his 4th goal of the season at 13:32.
Granlund fed Anthony Duclair before the pair raced up ice on the rush. Granlund
was jostling with Nikita Zadorev as they skated to the right of the net.
Duclair carried the puck to the right dot, then whipped a shot that clipped
Granlund before evading Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko.
tied the game with his 12th of the season with 3:38 remaining in the period.
The Sharks forward gathered a Mario Ferraro shot attempt that hit Filip Zadina
in front of the net. Hertl fought off Tyler Myers as he collected the puck down
low and sent a backhand shot through Demko.
The wheels fell off the
bus in the 2nd period.
A Dakota Joshua penalty should have provided an
advantage to the Sharks, but the Canucks would benefit immediately following
the expiration of the penalty. The Canucks had numbers after San Jose turned
the puck over allowing Nils Aman to score his 2nd goal of the season. Mario
Ferraro tried to pass the puck the width of the ice but Teddy Blueger
intercepted it then raced up the right side. Drawing Ferraro to the strong
side. Blueger slid a pass to Aman on the off wing for the slam dunk goal.
Sam Laferty tipped a Ian Cole shot right after a
Luke Kunin high sticking penalty expired. Cole fired the shot from the left
point and Laferty was able to get his stick blade on the chest high shot,
beating Mackenzie Blackwood for his 9th of the season.
Zetterlund cut into Vancouver's lead with a goal at 11:08. Ferraro carried the
puck to the end boards, drawing two defenders to the right side of the net. The
defenseman spotted Zetterlund cutting down the slot before hitting him with a
perfect pass for a put-back goal.
San Jose didn't learn their lesson
on Aman's goal, because they allowed the same scenario to push the Canucks back
to another 2-goal lead. With Filip Hronek in the box for a tripping penalty,
the Sharks failed to convert, then promptly allowed Vancouver to score
immediately following the expiration of the penalty. This time it was Joshua
depositing a puck after they out-numbered the Sharks in San Jose's zone.
Jacob MacDonald gave the Sharks a glimmer of hope when he bagged his
6th of the season at 13:16, but Pius Suter responded with another deflection
goal at 15:43 to push the Canucks lead back to a pair of goals.
Hughes added an empty net goal to cap the scoring. Game
* Vancouver wore their throwback black and yellow uniforms,
setting their traditional blue, green and white kit.
Barabanov was a late scratch as he is battling an illness.
Smith suffered a lower body injury in the Sharks loss to Arizona on Thursday
and did not travel with the team. He was a medical scratch and has not been
placed on the injured reserve. Calen Addison was also a scratch as he deals
with a lower body injury.
* Mario Ferraro recorded his first career
3-point game. Ferraro has played in 286 NHL games.
goaltender Thatcher Demko is 11-0-0 all time versus the Sharks.