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Canucks outlast Sharks 5-4 in shootout

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Canucks outlast Sharks 5-4 in shootout
Vancouver Canucks 5, San Jose Sharks 4
There's a good possibility the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks could meet again in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If they do, they'll have a hard time playing any better that they did Thursday night.

The division leaders matched each other goal-for-goal though 65 minutes before Vancouver's Alex Burrows before the lone goal in the shootout to give the Canucks a 5-4 victory -- their fourth in as many games on their current road trip and third in four meetings with the Sharks this season.

Backup goaltender Cory Schneider made 44 saves as the Canucks improved their League-leading total to 97 points, seven more than Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia and 11 ahead of Detroit for the top spot in the West.

"We seem to be winning all sorts of ways and that's a good sign," said Schneider, who played in place of Roberto Luongo. "They really just kept coming and coming in the third period. We sort of held the fort and Burrows had the big goal in the shootout to get the win."

The Pacific Division-leading Sharks have 85 points, one behind Detroit for second in the West.

"I'm happy with the effort, disappointed with the result," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said his goalie made the difference.

"Tonight you could say they were the better team on the ice," Vigneault said. "But at the end of the night, our goaltender kept us in the game and we found a way to win."

San Jose overcame deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3, finally forcing overtime when Ryane Clowe scored his second goal of the game by swatting an airborne pass by Joe Thornton past Cory Schneider with 20.3 seconds left in regulation.

"It was a heck of a play by Heater to Jumbo to one-touch it over to me," Clowe said. "I just got it over his pad."

That goal capped a wild ending that saw San Jose's Torrey Mitchell tie the game 3-3 with 2:13 left with a spectacular goal in which he beat four players before wristing a shot past Schneider, and Daniel Sedin score a power-play goal just 24 seconds later to put the Canucks back in front.

But Burrows was called for holding the stick of Joe Thornton with 35 seconds left, and with Antti Niemi on the bench for an extra attacker to give the Sharks a 6-on-4 skating advantage, Clowe set up in front and scored to force overtime.

"The fact that we were able to come back three times against a team of that caliber; we have to be happy with that," McLellan said. "I thought we got real good efforts as the game went on."

Schneider got the game to the shootout by making nine saves in OT; the Canucks weren't credited with a shot on goal but had Dan Hamhuis hit the left post with Niemi beaten. In the tiebreaker, Schneider denied Clowe, Kyle Wellwood and Joe Pavelski in the shootout; Burrows beat Niemi in the second round with a backhander under the crossbar for the winner.

"Obviously it's nice, especially when you have been in the box when you are one up in the last minute of the game," Burrows said. "It's not a spot you want to be in. The coach believed in me so I could get it done and redeem myself."

The first period belonged to the Canucks, who got goals from Burrows and Sami Salo for a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

But the Sharks needed just 67 seconds to tie the game early in the second period. Devin Setoguchi knocked his own deflection past Schneider 57 seconds into the period, and Clowe followed with his 20th of the season at 2:04. Pavelski nearly added a third 40 seconds after, but his shot hit the left post and bounced away.

"They like to establish their game early," Clowe said. "After that -- to pop 50 shots at a first-place team overall in the League, you know you're doing something right."

Mason Raymond put the Canucks back in front at 5:38, and Schneider survived a barrage of shots the rest of the way -- the Sharks outshot Vancouver 19-9 in the middle period.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
13:25
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (19) ASST: Daniel Sedin (51), Henrik Sedin (64)
1 - 0 VAN
18:26
VAN
PPG - Sami Salo (3) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (15), Manny Malhotra (17)
2 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
00:57
SJS
Devin Setoguchi (19) ASST: Joe Thornton (39), Patrick Marleau (25)
2 - 1 VAN
02:04
SJS
Ryane Clowe (20) ASST: Logan Couture (20), Ian White (18)
2 - 2 Tie
05:38
VAN
Mason Raymond (12) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (28), Ryan Kesler (27)
3 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
17:47
SJS
Torrey Mitchell (5) ASST: Kyle Wellwood (2), Ian White (19)
3 - 3 Tie
18:11
VAN
PPG - Daniel Sedin (35) ASST: Henrik Sedin (65), Christian Ehrhoff (31)
4 - 3 VAN
19:39
SJS
PPG - Ryane Clowe (21) ASST: Joe Thornton (40), Dany Heatley (34)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDSJSVANTOTAL
1R. Clowe
M. Raymond
0 - 0
2K. Wellwood
A. Burrows
0 - 1
3J. Pavelski
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
01:00
VAN
Christian Ehrhoff  Slashing against  Patrick Marleau
05:33
SJS
Joe Pavelski  Hi-sticking against  Mason Raymond
17:11
SJS
Dany Heatley  Hooking against  Mason Raymond
2nd Period
02:26
SJS
Ben Eager  Cross checking against  Tanner Glass
09:33
VAN
Raffi Torres  Hooking against  Joe Thornton
10:47
SJS
Devin Setoguchi  Slashing against  Keith Ballard
10:47
VAN
Keith Ballard  Slashing against  Devin Setoguchi
16:25
SJS
Niclas Wallin  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
16:25
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Slashing against  Niclas Wallin
17:29
VAN
Christian Ehrhoff  Tripping against  Joe Pavelski
3rd Period
01:57
SJS
Niclas Wallin  Cross checking against  Raffi Torres
05:32
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding against  Devin Setoguchi
08:20
SJS
Marc-Edouard Vlasic  Slashing against  Alexandre Burrows
12:01
VAN
Aaron Rome  Interference against  Ryane Clowe
17:58
SJS
Douglas Murray  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Kesler
19:25
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Holding the stick against  Joe Thornton
OT Period
00:49
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Hi-sticking against  Logan Couture
05:00
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Marc-Edouard Vlasic
05:00
SJS
Marc-Edouard Vlasic  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
SA: 48TOI: 64:48
Saves: 44EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 16
SV%: .917SH: 3 - 3
Antti Niemi
SA: 28TOI: 64:01
Saves: 24EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1