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Sharks edge Canucks to stay perfect in preseason

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Sharks edge Canucks to stay perfect in preseason
San Jose Sharks 4, Vancouver Canucks 3
Tommy Wingels wasn't part of the Western Conference Finals that pitted the San Jose Sharks against the Vancouver Canucks last spring, but he made a key contribution Sunday night when those teams met for the first time since the Canucks ousted the Sharks to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Wingels scored a pair of goals and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots as the Sharks held on for a 4-3 win over the Canucks at GM Place and improved to a perfect 4-0-0 this preseason.

Brad Winchester had San Jose's first goal and Andrew Desjardins scored midway through the third for what turned out to be the game-winner.

Vancouver received goals from Alexander Sulzer, Cody Hodgson and Nolan Baumgartner, the latter coming on a 5-on-3 with 2:57 remaining to pull the Canucks within one. They would enjoy another brief two-man advantage after that and then a 6-on-4 for the final minute after pulling netminder Eddie Lack, but they couldn't come up with the tying score.

It was the first loss in three preseason games for the Canucks, who hope the 2011-12 season will erase bad memories of a Game 7 loss to the Bruins in the Final back in June.

Sulzer opened the scoring for Vancouver with a wrister that beat Greiss 5:01 into the opening period, but it took all of 20 seconds for Winchester to draw San Jose even, and then Wingels put them ahead at the 11:17 mark.

Hodgson evened things back up at 11:12 of the second, but Wingels put the Sharks in front to stay by beating Lack again at the 13:56 mark. Wingels made his NHL debut last season, getting into five regular-season games without registering a point.

Desjardins extended the lead to 4-2 with a slap shot at 10:43 of the third, but penalty trouble down the stretch by San Jose let Vancouver back into the game. Winchester went off for roughing with 4:24 left and Brent Burns was penalized for boarding 54 seconds later. That led to Baumgartner blasting one from the point past Greiss, and a Wingels high-sticking penalty with 1:36 remaining created a frantic finish.
scoring summary
1st Period
05:01
VAN
Alexander Sulzer (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Niko Dimitrakos (1)
1 - 0 VAN
05:21
SJS
Brad Winchester (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dan Boyle (1)
1 - 1 Tie
11:17
SJS
Tommy Wingels (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Pavelski (1), Patrick Marleau (1)
2 - 1 SJS
2nd Period
11:12
VAN
Cody Hodgson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Marco Sturm (1), Aaron Rome (1)
2 - 2 Tie
13:56
SJS
Tommy Wingels (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Cameron MacIntyre (1), Jamie McGinn (1)
3 - 2 SJS
3rd Period
10:43
SJS
Andrew Desjardins (1) Slapshot - ASST: John McCarthy (1), Brent Burns (1)
4 - 2 SJS
17:03
VAN
PPG - Nolan Baumgartner (1) Slapshot - ASST: Keith Ballard (1), Nicklas Jensen (1)
4 - 3 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
02:50
SJS
Brent Burns  Hooking  - 2 min against  Steven Pinizzotto
08:21
SJS
Brad Winchester  Elbowing  - 2 min against  Nolan Baumgartner
12:13
VAN
Owen Nolan  Elbowing  - 2 min against  John McCarthy
13:01
SJS
Patrick Marleau  Holding  - 2 min against  Maxim Lapierre
2nd Period
01:22
SJS
Brad Winchester  Boarding  - 2 min against  Alexander Sulzer
08:11
SJS
Dan Boyle  Roughing  - 2 min against  Maxim Lapierre
08:11
SJS
Douglas Murray  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Antoine Roussel
08:11
VAN
Maxim Lapierre served by Nicklas Jensen  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Dan Boyle
08:11
VAN
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing  - 2 min against  Dan Boyle
08:11
VAN
Antoine Roussel  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Douglas Murray
14:18
SJS
Douglas Murray  Holding  - 2 min against  Alexander Sulzer
14:18
SJS
Joe Thornton  Roughing  - 2 min against  Maxim Lapierre
14:18
VAN
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing  - 2 min against  Joe Thornton
14:18
VAN
Mike Duco  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min against  Douglas Murray
3rd Period
00:09
SJS
Andrew Desjardins  Boarding  - 2 min against  Nolan Baumgartner
12:41
VAN
Maxim Lapierre  Interference  - 2 min against  Tommy Wingels
15:36
SJS
Brad Winchester  Roughing  - 2 min against  Niko Dimitrakos
16:28
SJS
Brent Burns  Boarding  - 2 min against  Andrew Ebbett
18:24
SJS
Tommy Wingels  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Cody Hodgson
goalie stats
Thomas Greiss
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
GA: 3SV%: .897
Eddie Lack
SA: 34TOI: 58:24
GA: 4SV%: .882