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Canucks 3, Sharks 2

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Canucks' top line of Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Steve Bernier each scored a goal, lifting Vancouver to a 3-2 preseason victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Evgeni Nabokov made 17 saves for San Jose (2-4), but more important was the absence of Sharks star center Joe Thornton, who didn't take a shift after the second period.

"His groin has been bothering him a little bit, and was sore tonight, so we didn't think it would be wise to play him in the third," new Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Thornton. "We'll give him a couple of days before we play again. I'm sure he'll be fine. If it were a regular season or playoff game, certainly he's playing through it."

Vancouver's backup goalie Curtis Sanford made 31 saves, and the Canucks improved to 6-0 in the preseason.

Rookie Riley Armstrong opened the scoring for San Jose late in the first period, but Bernier and Daniel Sedin scored three minutes apart in the second to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead.

Joe Pavelski tied it, but the Sharks failed to convert a short 5-on-3 advantage late in the second period. Henrik Sedin scored the Canucks' final goal on a carom off the end boards just 39 seconds into the third.

Both teams dressed most of their top players, with the notable exception of new Canucks captain Roberto Luongo, who watched from the bench after making 35 saves in a 6-1 win over Calgary on Wednesday night.

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