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Tommy Wingels scores twice as Sharks beat Canucks 4-3 in NHL pre-season action

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VANCOUVER - Tommy Wingels scored two goals as the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in NHL pre-season action Sunday night.

Wingels, a 23-year-old Evanston, Ill., native, is a second-year pro who spent most of his first season with Worcester of the American Hockey League. He was a Sharks? sixth-round draft pick in 2008 and spent three seasons at the University of Ohio at Miami.

San Jose remained unbeaten after four pre-season games while the Canucks fell to 2-3.

Brad Winchester, who is on a tryout, and Andrew Desjardins also scored for San Jose.

Alexander Sulzer, Cody Hodgson and Nolan Baumgartner replied for the Canucks.

The Sharks outshot the Canucks 34-29. San Jose was blanked on three power-play opportunities while Vancouver converted one of seven.

The Sharks' lineup comprised mainly veterans while the Canucks went mostly with minor-leaguers and prospects for the second straight night.

San Jose led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 following the second.

Sulzer opened the scoring for the Canucks 5:01 into the game on a shot from the point that got through traffic and past Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss. But Winchester evened the score at 1-1 only 20 second later as he poked the puck through Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack during a scramble.

Wingels gave the Sharks a 2-1 advantage about six minutes later on a shot from the slot.

Hodgson tied the game 2-2 at 11:12 of the second period as he jammed the puck in from the side of the net during a scramble. But Wingels put the Sharks ahead again after the puck bounced off Hodgson behind the net and right out to the Sharks forward in the slot, where he was left all alone.

Desjardins put the Sharks ahead 4-2 midway through the third. Then Baumgartner???s power-play goal with just under three minutes left created a frantic finish that did not pay off for the Canucks.

Notes: Vancouver lost winger Steve Pinozzotto, a candidate for fourth-line duty, to a shoulder injury following a collision with Sharks defenceman Douglas Murray in the first period. Vancouver defenceman Aaron Rome suffered a hand injury and did not return after the second-period intermission. He assisted on Hodgson???s goal. ... Earlier Sunday, the Canucks released journeyman forward Steve Begin, 33, who was in camp on a professional tryout. Begin recorded no points and four penalty minutes in one pre-season game. ... The Canucks assigned six other players, including defenceman Yann Sauve, who played five games with Vancouver last season, to their new AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

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