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by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 4-2 loss to San Jose.

…San Jose scored twice in 15 seconds with less than three minutes remaining in the third period to ice the Canucks 4-2.

The Canucks opened the scoring for the third straight game thanks to Kyle Wellwood’s second goal of the season, but against the NHL’s point leaders, building any momentum from the score proved too difficult. The Sharks responded before the end of the period and struck again early in the second.

Vancouver’s offence struggled to keep pace in the second as the Canucks were outshot 15-4 allowing San Jose to take a 2-1 lead into the final frame.

Sharks netminder Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 12 of 13 shots to end the game and San Jose took advantage of a Vancouver team desperate for a goal as they scored twice to drop the Canucks to 3-2 to end this five-game homestand.

Jannik Hansen added a late goal for the Canucks, but it was way too little, way too late.

From doghouse to penthouse, from Unsung Hero to Clutch Canuck, Kyle Wellwood seems to be rediscovering his game after being called out by the coaches, the media and maybe even his mother.

Wellwood picked up only one assist in Vancouver’s first 17 games this season, but since his work ethic and drive came into question the feisty forward has responded with five points in his last five games, including a goal and an assist against the Sharks.

Wellwood carried the offence as he elected to shoot on a 2-on-1 with Tanner Glass early in the first period, giving him goal number two on the year, and he powered his way into the San Jose zone and threw a puck in front of the net that found the stick of Jannik Hansen for Vancouver’s second score, and Wellwood’s fourth helper of the year.

Mason Raymond didn’t score and he didn’t earn an assist, he didn’t even finish on the plus side of things.

Raymond, who had at least a point in nine of 13 games and sat fourth in team scoring coming in, did generate a lot of scoring chances for the Canucks though; his speed was highly visible all night as he forechecked hard and won quite a few battles along the boards.

In 16:46 of ice time off 22 shifts, Raymond had three shots, two hits and two takeaways.

The ebb and flow of Vancouver’s power play continues as the Canucks couldn’t find the back of the net for the second time in three games.

Vancouver finished 0-for-4 on this night with only one shot for; Thursday night against Los Angeles the Canucks were 0-for-5 with five shots.

Sandwiched in between those donuts was an inspiring 4-for-5 showing against the Edmonto Oilers.

Despite the inconsistency of late, the Canucks remain third in the NHL in power play percentage at 24.3.

Canucks captain Roberto Luongo on Vancouver’s 12th loss of the season and the back-to-back goals late in the third that clinched it for San Jose:

”Unfortunately I think our second period cost us again, we weren’t very sharp, we took a few penalties and they got some momentum there and scored the go-ahead goal. We were trailing by one going into the third and made a push but we weren’t able to get the tying goal there.”

“You’ve got to take some chances with a couple of minutes left in the game. I’m not sure exactly how the play developed there, I thought it was a 2-on-2 and all of the sudden the guy was all alone so I have to look at the video on that one, but like I said, when you’re trailing you have to take a few more risks and unfortunately they didn’t pay off this time.”

The Canucks have two days to regroup before hitting the road to take on the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

Vancouver’s lone game against New Jersey this season is the start of a four-game Eastern swing that also has the Canucks in Philadelphia, Carolina and Nashville before returning to GM Place to face Atlanta on December 10.

NUMB3RS

3 – Wins the Canucks finish with on this five-game homestand.

3 – Game point streak for Steve Bernier, he assisted on Wellwood's goal.

5
– Points for Wellwood in his last five games.

5 – Points for Alex Edler in his last three outings.

5-9-3 – Vancouver's record on Grey Cup Sunday.

QUOTABLE
“That’s a good team over there. They were sure able to forecheck us all night and we weren’t able to make too many plays. You’ve got to give them credit."

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Kyle Wellwood (on respecting SJ)

"It seems like we lost a lot of one-on-one battles along the boards and didn’t really win that many faceoffs in the offensive zone."

-Alex Burrows (on the little things)

"We had an opportunity in the first period, if our power play would have clicked, to build a little bit of momentum and their penalty killing is real good."

-Alain Vigneault (on missed chances)

"We’ve got a couple of days here to regroup and make sure that once the puck drops on Wednesday we’re ready to go."

-Roberto Luongo (on the upcoming trip)
OFFENCE

For the third straight game the Canucks flew out the gates and scored the game's first goal, the only difference on this night was that they let up in the second and were outshot 15-4.

Kyle Wellwood was Vancouver's big man up front, while Mason Raymond and Christian Ehrhoff had a few good looks at the net combining for seven shots.

Vancouver was outshot by San Jose 30-27.

DEFENCE

The Canucks did a masterful job of holding San Jose's big guns at bay, but when the defence had to cheat up looking for the equilizer, Vancouver got burned.

Roberto Luongo turned aside 26 shots, including 14 in the second period.

SPECIAL TEAMS

On four power play chances the Canucks got only one shot on goal finishing 0-for-4; the Sharks were 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

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