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Dell, Sharks shut out Canucks

Goalie makes 41 saves in San Jose win

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Aaron Dell made an NHL career-high 41 saves to help the San Jose Sharks to a 5-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on Saturday.

Logan Couture and Chris Tierney each scored two goals, and Tomas Hertl had a goal for San Jose (9-6-0), which won for the fifth time in its past six games and defeated Vancouver for a sixth straight time.


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Dell got his second NHL career shutout in his fourth start of the season. His first shutout came against the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 30, 2016.

"I feel like I get better every game and I've tried to get better in practice every day too," Dell said.

Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves for Vancouver (8-7-2), which has lost three of its past four games.

"We played a solid game," Canucks defenseman Derrick Pouliot said. "We had a lot of shots, a lot of chances, some really good rebound chances. Their goalie played well. We didn't deserve to be shut out, but that's how it goes sometimes. You run into a hot goalie."

Video: VAN@SJS: Hertl scores as the puck banks off his leg

The Sharks rebounded from a 5-1 home loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Dell replaced Martin Jones in that game after the second period.

"I think it was a big bounce-back for the team after the last game," Dell said. "I think the one period I got in for that helped prepare [me for] this one."

Hertl gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead 48 seconds into the game with his third goal of the season and first since Oct. 17. Markstrom made a save on Ryan Braun's shot from above the right circle, but the rebound deflected off Hertl's skate and over the goal line.

"We need scoring by committee," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "He's one of those guys. Tierney got a couple tonight, and Couture's been consistent all year. That's how we're going to win. I thought Tomas Hertl's been playing some really good hockey."

Couture made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal -- San Jose's first of the season -- at 15:59 of the second period. Hertl chipped the puck out of the defensive zone, springing Couture on a breakaway. Couture faked left, went right and beat Markstrom between the legs with a backhand shot. It was Couture's first goal since Oct. 28. He leads the Sharks with 10 goals.

"He's a big strong guy, "Couture said of Hertl. "He had three guys on him, and he made a great chip. Fortunately it didn't go too far, so I was able to track it down and still have an angle to get to the net. Made a move I like to make and was able to find the back of the net."

Vancouver outshot San Jose 14-6 in the second period but couldn't get the puck past Dell, who made two stellar saves on 2-on-1 rushes. He stopped Sven Baertschi at 3:18 of the second on a power play and Derek Dorsett at 11:15 on a shorthanded try.

"Dell was our best player, which is why we have him," DeBoer said. "He was great. ... He had an exceptional season last year and followed it up with a great training camp and every time we've put him in there, he's given us good games. He's a big part of our team."

Couture scored an empty-net goal with 1:41 left in the third period. Tierney scored a shorthanded, empty net goal with 38.8 seconds remaining and on a penalty shot with 12.2 seconds left.

Video: VAN@SJS: Dell makes a pad save on Baertschi


Goal of the game

Couture's shorthanded goal at 15:59 of the second period.

Video: VAN@SJS: Couture makes a slick move for the SHG


Save of the game

Dell against Bo Horvat's wrist shot from close range at 7:18 of the third period.

Video: VAN@SJS: Dell stops Horvat at point-blank range


Highlight of the game

Tierney's goal on a penalty shot with 12.2 seconds left in the third period.

Video: VAN@SJS: Tierney gets his second goal on penalty shot


They said it

"We were disappointed after Anaheim (a 4-1 loss on Thursday). We lost 5-0, but it was a step in the right direction. We played harder and played better together. There were some positives things out there." -- Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler


"It's always nice to contribute and score. It was a goal that I set for myself was to contribute offensively for this team and score goals. It's a nice start." -- Sharks center Logan Couture


Need to know

Canucks forward Loui Eriksson returned after missing 12 straight games because of a sprained left knee. He had five shots in 18:16 of ice time. … Sharks forward Melker Karlsson played his 200th NHL game. ... Sharks defenseman Paul Martin (ankle) missed his 13th straight game.


What's next

Canucks: At the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, SNP, NHL.TV)

Sharks: At the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)


Video: Dell makes 41 saves in Sharks' 5-0 win over Canucks

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