It took nearly four years, but the Vancouver Canucks
finally ended their skid in San Jose on Monday night.
Alex Burrows scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Vancouver held on to beat the Sharks 4-3 at HP Pavilion for its first victory in San Jose since April 7, 2007.
The victory put Vancouver atop the Western Conference with 55 points while San Jose stayed in the fourth spot.
"It feels good but it seems like we're never satisfied," Burrows said. "Whatever happened in the past we forget about it and move on. That seems to work well for us."
, Alexander Edler
and Jannik Hansen
also scored for the Canucks, who improved to 8-0-1 in their past nine road games and 15-1-2 in their last 18 overall. Cory Schneider
stopped 32 of 35 shots.
"We weren't happy with the first two games of our trip," Schneider said. "We were back on our heels a little bit. We addressed it and guys were determined to get back to our game."
, Patrick Marleau
and Jamal Mayers scored for the Sharks, who lost for the third time in nine games. Antti Niemi
made 43 saves.
"They are a quick, aggressive team and they won a lot of faceoffs in their own zone," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We had our share of opportunities."
Burrows redirected Christian Ehrhoff's shot off Niemi's pads and tapped the puck into an open net at 8:57 of the final period.
The Canucks played Sunday night in Colorado but had plenty left to outskate the Sharks, who allowed a season high in shots.
"This was a good test for us, coming in late and a little bit tired and playing against a strong team. We had a solid effort and got it done," Burrows said.
, who has points in 16 of his past 18 games, opened the scoring with his 21st goal. He chipped the puck over Niemi's glove after receiving a pass from Henrik Sedin
at the top of the crease.
"It means a lot to this group to come down here and get a win," Henrik Sedin
said. "We've played a lot of good games here and haven't come up with a win."
Clowe tied the game early in the second, tapping in the puck following Jason Demers
' shot on goal.
Edler put the Canucks back on top with a power-play goal at the 8:14 mark.
"I didn't get some of the rebounds," Niemi said. "Goalies like to face a lot of shots. It didn't feel like that many."
Marleau scored his fourth goal in six games after a 10-game drought to bring the Sharks even 4 minutes later. Mayers gave San Jose the lead with 4:39 left in the second.
Hansen tied it with 1:25 left in the period, redirecting a rebound.
"In all areas of the game I thought we played our best game of the three (recent road games)," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "It was a tough grind out there for both teams and we were able to get it done."
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.