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The Goods: Down in the tank

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 in San Jose.

IT WAS OVER WHEN...

…Ryane Clowe ended Vancouver’s third period comeback attempt with an empty net goal to seal a 4-2 San Jose win.

The Canucks did everything right to start the first period in trying to win in San Jose for the first time since April 2007 with Alex Burrows opening the scoring. Off a draw won by Henrik Sedin, Burrows slipped the puck past Evgeni Nabokov from an awkward angle. The goal was number 34 for Burrows and the assist gave Henrik 100 points on the year.

The Sharks have specialized in second period goals this season and they added three more to their total in this game. Dany Heatley got the ball rolling on the power play with a rising shot over Roberto Luongo’s glove, Patrick Marleau followed that up with a breakaway goal before Joe Pavelski followed up on his own shot and batted in the rebound.

Trailing by two goals going in the final period is not a position any team wants to be in, it’s especially daunting against the Sharks, one of only five clubs without a regulation loss when leading after two periods.

The Canucks, the NHL’s best team at third period comebacks, out shot the Sharks 13-7 and outplayed the home side heavily, but one goal, a Daniel Sedin score, was all Vancouver could muster before Clowe turned the lights out.

Vancouver loses for the fourth time in six games, yet it didn’t cost the team any points in the Northwest standings with division rivals Calgary and Colorado both losing Saturday.

CLUTCH CANUCK

With one faceoff win, Henrik Sedin joined an elite group of Canucks and Swedes.

Henrik beat Torrey Mitchell at the draw prior to Burrows scoring to pick up his 72nd assist on the year, a new career-high, and his 100th point of the season. He had two helpers on the night and now sits first in the NHL with 101 points.

Following in the footsteps of Pavel Bure, Alexander Mogilny and Markus Naslund, Henrik becomes the fourth player in franchise history to reach the 100-point milestone; coincidently it was seven years ago to the day on March 27, 2003 that Naslund achieved the feat.

Only seven Swedish NHLers had topped 100 points prior to Henrik, making him the eighth and the first to do it since Daniel Alfredsson put up 103 points in 2005-06.

With seven games remaining, Henrik is nine points back of Bure’s club record of 110.

UNSUNG HERO

Alex Burrows was in on both Vancouver goals, he scored the first and had an assist on the second, as his career-best play continues.

Burrows has 34 goals this season, six more than his breakout campaign from a year ago, he’s also four assists ahead of last season giving him nine more points with seven games to play.

From a scrappy forward with offensive upside to a sniper who doubles as a pest, Burrows leads the Canucks in goals and is 10th in the league, right up there with Alex Semin, Zach Parise, Anze Kopitar and Jarome Iginla.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Fact: You can’t win if you can’t keep the puck out of your own net.

Despite a good outing from Roberto Luongo, who made 26 stops after taking a game off, the Canucks allowed more than three goals for the 17th time this season. Vancouver is now 1-14-2 when giving up four or more scores compared to 44-12-2 when holding the opposition to three or less.

The four-goal plateau is also an important one for the Canucks offensively, they are 28-1-0 when topping it.

FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ryan Johnson on the loss to the Sharks and avoiding getting caught up in the games within the game:

”We felt we played good enough to win, but against a team like this, in their own building, you can’t have 10 or 15 minute letdowns because they can make you pay pretty quickly, especially with the skill that they’ve got.

”You can’t let yourself get caught up in those games within the game. Last year, we had a tough time as a team because we spent so much focus on the referees and hooting and hollering at the refs that it took away from the focus on our game. We really tried this year to get away from that.”

NEXT UP

Sunday is an off-day for the Canucks, they’ll return to the ice to iron out some wrinkles Monday.

Vancouver is back in action Tuesday when they’ll host the Phoenix Coyotes, the NHL’s feel good story of the 2009-2010 season.

The Coyotes are one of only three teams to have topped 100 points this year.

NUMB3RS

2 – Points each for Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows.

10 – Wins this season when appearing on CBC's Hockey Night In Canada (10-2-2).

26 – Stops for Roberto Luongo.

100 – NHL games played for Jannik Hansen.

101 – Points for Henrik Sedin, the fourth Canuck to reach the milestone.

OFFENCE

Vancouver's top line had a bevy of scoring chances in the first and third periods; the Sedins and Burrows combined for 11 shots.

The Canucks outshot the Sharks 37-30.

DEFENCE

The spotlight was on Roberto Luongo as he returned between the pipes and he responded with a solid outing. Luongo had 26 stops and despite allowing three goals, none could be classified as weak.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Vancouver was 1-for-4 on the power play, while San Jose went 1-for-3.

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