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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Sharks - Oct.05.07

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

CANUCKS LEADING SCORERS

2006-2007 Regular Season
Player GP G A P +/-
Daniel Sedin 81 36 48 84 19
Henrik Sedin 82 10 71 81 19
Markus Naslund 82 24 36 60 3
Brendan Morrison 82 20 31 51 -9
Kevin Bieksa 81 12 30 42 1


Team Record: 0-0-0
Last Game: 5-4 W
(SEP.29.07)

Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 W (APR.07.07)
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Team Record: 0-0-0
Last Game: 2-1 W
(SEP.29.07)

Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 L (APR.07.07)
SHARKS LEADING SCORERS

2006-2007 Regular Season
Player GP G A P +/-
Joe Thornton 82 22 92 114 24
Patrick Marleau 77 32 46 78 9
Jonathan Cheechoo 76 37 32 69 11
Milan Michalek 78 26 40 66 17
Matt Carle 77 11 31 42 9


For the Canucks…

Kevin Bieksa has made a career out of scoring against the San Jose Sharks. He has only played four games against the Sharks and they all took place last season, but Bieksa not only led all players on both teams with his seven points in last year’s season series. He also recorded at least a point in each of the four games against San Jose.

Bieksa scored his first career NHL goal and his career best three-point game both came in the defenseman’s first game played against the Sharks, at least season’s home opener on Oct. 13th.
For the Sharks…

If Sharks coach Ron Wilson goes through with his plan to put his big-three of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Jonathan Cheechoo together on one line, the Sharks could suddenly possess the most daunting top line in all of the NHL.

The trio finished 1-2-3 in team scoring for the Sharks last season combining for a whopping 261 points (91-170-261) in 2006-07 but combined for only nine points against the Canucks in four games.



The Canucks have an all-time record of 20-13-3 in their all-time home-openers, although the Sharks snapped a three-game home-opener win streak last season by defeating the Canucks 6-4 in Vancouver’s first game at GM Place.

The Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning are tied for the longest active streak of season opening victories at four wins. That number is still well short of the all-time NHL record of nine season opening victories in a row, held by the St. Louis Blues from 1978-1986 and the Montreal Canadiens from 1953-61.

In 2006-07, The Sharks posted an astounding record of 11-2-0 in the second game of a back-to-back game night scenario. The Sharks opened their season last night in Edmonton.

THEY SAID IT
“If this wrist injury had happened during the regular season, I would have had to sit out. You have to have an appreciation for guys who do get injured and what they go through.” – Canucks centre Brendan Morrison on the injury which almost kept him out of the season opener. (Vancouver Sun)
“He’s got good speed, he gets to loose pucks, he goes to the net, so far it’s worked out well. But we’ll see how it goes. He’s a good player.”Henrik Sedin on Mason Raymond, who could making his NHL debut alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Province)
“When I hear, ‘Oh, they’re putting all their eggs in one basket.’…If those are the only two eggs we have, people haven’t even watched our team…We’ve got eggs on every line.” – Sharks coach Ron Wilson on loading up his top-line with Marleau, Thornton and Cheechoo (San Jose Mercury News)


3 – Wins for the Canucks, including two overtime affairs, over the Sharks in 2006-07. Roberto Luongo was in net for all three victories while Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was on the losing end. Vesa Toskala, now of the Toronto Maple Leafs, recorded San Jose’s only win against Vancouver in last year’s home opener.

3 – Canucks who recorded at least a single point in every game against the Sharks last season: Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and Kevin Bieksa.

7 – Points for Kevin Bieksa in last year’s season series against San Jose, leading all players. (2-5-7).

47 – Wins for Roberto Luongo in 2006-07, smashing the all-time single season Canucks record and one shy of an NHL record. Win No. 47 came in Vancouver’s 81st game of the season against the San Jose Sharks.

75 – All-time meetings between the Canucks and the Sharks. Vancouver leads the all-time series 39-25-10.

175 – Consecutive sell-out for Vancouver Canucks hockey at General Motors Place, a streak that began back on Nov. 14, 2002.

513 – Consecutive game played by Brendan Morrison (if he suits up)

$33,682 – Amount added to the 50/50 draw at the Home Opener, carried over from unclaimed 50/50 winnings from the 2006-07 season.



October 4 & 5

1997: "GAME ONE '97" The Vancouver Canucks play the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in a two-game series at Yoyogi Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The two split the games by a score of 3-2 in each game. It marked the first NHL game in history to be played outside N. America. Scott Walker becomes the first player to score an NHL regular season goal outside N. America. Attendance 10,500 (sellout) for both games.

October 5

1989: Canucks open their 20th NHL campaign with a 4-1 setback to the Edmonton Oilers. Igor Larionov and Vladimir Krutov become the first Soviet players ever to appear in a Canuck uniform.
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