For the second consecutive game the Vancouver Canucks allowed three goals against in quick fashion, this time in the second period, as part of a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks Monday night HP Pavilion.
After 20 minutes Cory Schneider, who finished with 32 saves, was perfect making 14 stops and this was a scoreless game. Fast-forward to the midway point of the second period and it was 3-0 Sharks. Andrew Desjardin and Joe Thornton scored 41 seconds apart and Logan Couture added another to make it three goals in 2:13 before the game was half over.
The Canucks, fresh off a 4-0 loss in Edmonton Saturday night, flexed some muscle late in the second with Chris Higgins scoring his ninth goal of the year; Alex Burrows made things interesting with 9:40 to play in the final frame by scoring his 10th goal to make it a 3-2 Sharks lead.
Vancouver hit Antti Niemi with eight shots in the third period, and 25 overall, but he kept the Canucks at bay in the end with timely stops for the win.
The Canucks return to action Thursday night at home against the Oilers, but a lot could change by then with the NHL Trade Deadline Day set for Wednesday.
AND ANOTHER THING...
Tweeting SCORES!!!!!! when the Canucks don't score isn't funny. Even on April 1st.
Tweet of the Night - "@VanCanucks anybody praying for a big trade tonight ? This could be Gillis's , make or break moment!" - @canuckfan34. Trade talk is in the air - it's a beautiful thing.
This and that - Three Canucks have now made their NHL debuts this season: Schroeder, Pinizzotto and Jensen; Jannik Hansen has been in on three shorthanded breakaways this season and has been stopped on all three occasions; Chris Higgins led the Canucks Monday with a goal and a helper, while Hansen had two apples in the loss.
Up and down - A warm congratulations to Nicklas Jensen, who played his first NHL game Monday night. He and Billy Sweatt, who were both recalled Sunday from Chicago, played in San Jose, while Zack Kassian and Andrew Gordon are currently with the Wolves.
It's Jensen, not Jensen - For the record, Nicklas' last name is pronounced Jen-sen, not Yen-sen. And now you know.