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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Vancouver

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks gave up six goals for the first time this season, falling 6-1 to the Vancouver Cancucks. San Jose was without regular Scott Nichol and Devin Setoguchi. The Sharks' lone goal came from Dany Heatley early in the first period.


Time finally expires as the Sharks fall 6-1 to the Canucks.

Keith Ballard scores his first goal of the season after a shot from the point deflected off of Torrey Mitchell pass Antti Niemi to push the lead up 6-1. Vancouver has scored five unanswered goal. All six goal came at even strength.

Henrik Sedin makes a pass from behind the net and Alex Burrows buries it. Daniel Sedin earns the secondary assist. Vancouver lead now sits 5-1.

Manny Malhotra gets a shot on goal on Antti Niemi.

Antti Niemi covers up the puck that slides to his feet as Vancouver clears their zone.

Mikael Samuelsson scores again for Vancouver to extend their lead to 4-1. That's the Canuck's third consecutive goal and Samuelsson's second of the game. This is his 10th multi-goal game. His second goal is unassisted.

Sharks throwing around the body in the third period. Defenseman Kent Huskins hit Tanner Glass.

Former Sharks Christian Ehrhoff ices the puck and the faceoff will go into the Vancouver zone.


Sharks are down 3-1 after two periods. Sharks have 16 shots in the second period alone. Joe Pavelski leads all skaters with five shots.

Logan Couture wins the faceoff against his former teammate Manny Malhotra following the icing call with the second period winding down.

The Vancouver penalty expires as Dan Boyle puts another shot on goal. San Jose has 16 shots on goal in the second period alone -- 24 total shots in the game.

Roberto Luongo struggles to cover up the rebound as three Sharks try and pounce on the loose puck. Keith Ballard goes to the penalty box for hooking. San Jose will get their first powerplay of the night.

Antti Niemi makes a routine save. That's the 20th shot he's face so far this game.

Joe Pavelski got a near breakaway but the ref whistle Pavs for offsides.

Dan Boyle controls the puck from behind Antti Niemi as Boyle starts the Sharks rush.

Former Shark Mikael Samuelsson adds to Vancouver leads with his fifth goal of the season. Score now reads 3-1 Canucks.

Raffi Torres gives the Canucks the lead again with Dan Hamhuis and Jannik Hansen earning the assists. Vancouver 2-1.

Sharks control the zone and take a couple shots toward Roberto Luongo.


After one period of action, the Sharks and Canucks are tie 1-1. Vancouver put up 15 shots on goal on Antti Niemi compared to eight shots by the Sharks. Alex Edler leads all skaters with 8:22 of ice time. For the Sharks, Joe Pavelski leads in ice time with 7:26. San Jose holds a slight lead in the faceoff circle 11 to 10.

Alex Edler delivers a big hit.

Roberto Luongo makes a sprawl out save on Logan Couture's rebound attempt to give the Sharks a lead.

Dany Heatley scores through Roberto Luongo's five hole to even up the score at 1-1. Captain Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle earns the assists.

Antti Niemi makes the pad save and will take the ensuing faceoff to his left.

Dan Boyle goes into the penalty box for high stick. We'll get a first look at the No. 1 powerplay in the NHL.

Jeff Tambellini scores his third goal of the season to put the Canucks up 1-0. Alex Edler and Ryan Kesler get the assist. Kesler wins the faceoff and Edler takes the initial shot. After the puck gets lost in traffic, Tambellini was the first to spot the it and knocked it in pass Antti Niemi.

Big shot from Douglas Murray from the point as Joe Pavelski digs into the corner to recover the rebound Luongo toss aside.

Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton go on a two-on-one but Roberto Luongo makes the save and then gets run into by his d-man. Luongo loses his mask and lies facedown on the ice behind his net for a bit as the ref blows the whistle. Luongo gets up and puts his green and blue mask without further ado.

Antti Niemi robs Daniel Sedins on a near bang-bang play.

Justin Braun also takes his first shot on goal on his first career shift.

Justin Braun, sporting a No. 61 jersey, takes the ice for his NHL debut.

Sharks win the opening faceoff to start out the game.


Veteran forward Scott Nichol will not play in tonight's contest against the Vancouver Canucks due to an injury sustained during morning skate. Nichol took a puck off near his left eye.

In Nichol's absences, defenseman Justin Braun will make his NHL debut. Braun was the Sharks' seventh-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft. So far this season with the Worcester Sharks, the former UMass Minuteman has played 17 games and tallied a goal and eight assists.

Antti Niemi will be in net for the second consecutive game after the 5-2 win over his former team the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night.
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