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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Vancouver

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Joe Pavelski's won the game for the San Jose Sharks in the shootout and Logan Couture scored lone goal in regulation in the Sharks 2-1 win over the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks. Antti Niemi made 37 shots in Team Teal's third consecutive win.


Vancouver 3rd attempt: Ryan Kesler sped toward the net and then put on the brakes but couldn't evade Antti Niemi's poke check and failed to get a shot off.

San Jose's 2nd attempt: Joe Pavelski successfully beat Roberto Luongo on a straight shot to the blocker side.

Vancouver's 2nd attempt: Daniel Sedin goes wide and missed the net on Antti Niemi's blocker side.

San Jose's 1st attempt: Logan Couture's shot goes high.

Vancouver's 1st attempt: Mason Raymond's attempt was stopped by Antti Niemi's poke check with the butt end of his stick.


The game continued following the extra five minutes and is headed to the shootout.

Douglas Murray knocked down his Vancouver opponent and passed the puck to his defensive partner and started the rush.

Dan Boyle was released from the penalty box and rejoined his team. Patrick Marleau cleared the puck down the ice.

Antti Niemi made the tough save with the help of his defense. The Canucks called a timeout to rest their top skaters and to strategize.

Dan Boyle was called for a roughing penalty. Vancouver will go on a four-on-three powerplay.

Joe Thornton sat alone in front of the net but Roberto Luongo was quick to close his five-hole.


Roberto Luongo stopped the last second shot from center ice as the seconds ticked off. San Jose will carry their powerplay into overtime with the score at 1-1.

Vancouver's Mikael Samulsson gets tagged with a roughing penalty. Four-on-four action for the time being then the Sharks would go on only their second powerplay of the game in the last minute of regulation.

The officials called Dany Heatley on a deplay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass.

Sharks Captain Joe Thornton was back on the ice. He took and won the faceoff over Ryan Kesler in the defensive zone.

Joe Thornton gets clipped following the faceoff is bleeding from his right eyebrow. No penalty call had been made. Thornton was clearly unhappy about the non-call and continued to let the refs know as he was being attended to on the Sharks bench.

A three-on-two for Vancouver the other way, but their pass missed the net and the Sharks regained control of the puck.

Logan Couture and Co. have a succession of shots on Roberto Luongo who scrambled to make the saves.

Joe Thornton joined his teammates back on the ice. San Jose is now three-for-three on the penalty kill.

Former Shark Christian Ehrhoff's hard shot from the point missed the net high.

Captain Joe Thornton went to the penalty box for a tripping minior.

Antti Niemi made the routine save on Daniel Sedin's shot.

Manny Malhotra beats Logan Couture in the faceoff circle. Vancouver still own the advantage in faceoffs but the margin is less gaping. Cancucks have won 28 compared to San Jose's 22.

Patrick Marleau found a Joe Thornton streaking up the wing. Thornton goes in alone toward Roberto Luongo who barely made the save with the very tip of his glove on Thornton's shot.

Niclas Wallin shot is saved by the Canuck netminder.


Team Teal got plenty of great chances during the lone powerplay of the game so far late in the second period, but alas no goal to show for it. Logan Couture tied up the game for San Jose as they held off into the lockerroom for the second intermission. The Sharks put up 25 shots in this period alone which is a franchise record for shots in one period while on the road.

A bang-bang play almost led to a Sharks goal. A crease pass to Joe Thornton from Logan Couture drew the attention of Vancouver's defense and Roberto Luongo. Thornton found Dany Heatley sitting at the crease and sharply passed it to the sharpshooter. Heatley only had to tap it into the empty net for the Sharks to take the lead but instead loss the puck at his skate and then is crosschecked on top of Luongo. No call though.

Manny Malhotra went to the penalty box for a tripping infraction and the Sharks earned their first powerplay of the game.

Antti Niemi made the routine save on Daniel Sedin's shot attempt.

Joe Thornton's shot was barely saved by Vancouver's goalie. With that shot, San Jose now surpassed the Canucks in shots total 25-24.

Logan Couture stole the puck from a Cancuck player in his own zone, zipped through the scattered Vancouver defense and toward Roberto Luongo. Couture's shot was saved by Roberto Luongo but Couture followed up on his shot and knocked in his rebound passed the sprawling Luongo. Couture collected his 21st goal of the season to tie up the game for San Jose 1-1.

Vancouver rushed into the Sharks' zone. Antti Niemi makes the initial save but the rebound sat dangerously at his skate. Niclas Wallin helped out his netminder and cleared the puck from the crease just as a Canuck player sat waiting in the wing.

The puck deflected high into the netting for a brief stoppage of play.

Team Teal dominated play as of late and are spending quality time in the offensive zone. The Sharks have eight shots on goal this period compared to the Canucks' one.

San Jose controlled the puck down low in their zone and a lone forward playing forecheck attempted to steal the puck. The Sharks' defense blocked and then knocked him toward the crossbar and down.

Daniel Sedin got Antti Niemi to come way out of his net and commit down low, but instead of shooting, Sedin held onto the puck and attempts a wraparound on the relatively empty net. But San Jose's defense merged to Sedin and did not allow the would-be Canuck goal.

Jamie McGinn's shot from close range was stopped by Roberto Luongo's pads.

Vancouver sped into the Sharks' zone but Niclas Wallin goes down on one knee and deflects the puck safely into the corner.

Former Shark Manny Malhotra won the period's opening faceoff against Joe Pavelski.


After one period, Vancouver own the scoreboard with 1-0 advantage. The Canucks put up 17 shots in that period compared to 10 from San Jose. Team Teal will need to do better in the faceoff circle the next period -- they have won nine of 22.

The seconds wane and Devin Setoguchi shot from long range is easily saved.

San Jose wins the offensive zone faceoff, while down a man, and got a quality shot off but Roberto Luongo made the save.

John McCarthy got tack with a penalty low in the defensive zone for hooking one-time Shark Manny Malhotra. He will join Jamal Mayers, who was still serving his five-minute major, in the penalty box.

Antti Niemi made the initial save, a Vancouver player fell atop him, and then a huge pileup occurred around the San Jose crease. Niemi even lost his goalie mask in the dog pile.

Antti Niemi went behind his net to play the puck but nearly passed it to a Vancouver player. Luckily, Niemi's defensemen helped out and clear the zone.

Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau have a mini rush but one Cancuck defenseman forced Marleau to take a bad angle shot that gold medalist Roberto Luongo makes the save.

Antti Niemi made the routine glove save and will take the faceoff to his left. That's Vancouver's 12th shot this period. San Jose has only gotten off six on Roberto Luongo.

Ben Eager's shot from the side board missed the mark and a fight broke loose in from of Roberto Luongo. Jamal Mayers and Tanner Glass dropped the glove and dance to earn five minutes in the penalty box for fighting.

A Henrik to Daniel Sedin hookup led to a Vancouver goal. A high Sharks turnover that led to odd-man rush for the Sedin twins. Captain Daniel Sedin's late deke beats Antti Niemi to give the Cancucks the early 1-0 lead.

Ben Eager blocked another Cancuck shot in his San Jose debut. Also, John McCarthy is back on the ice after a 17-game absence.

Newly-acquired Kyle Wellwood took the faceoff and won against his former team.

The Sharks penalty expired but Joe Pavelski remained on high alert on defense to block a Cancuk shot.

Joe Pavelski led a charge during the penalty kill and got shot off for the Sharks' first shot of the game.

Jason Demers got tagged with a tripping penalty and gave Vancouver their first powerplay of the game.

Captain Joe Thorton won the opening faceoff of this contest.


A bit of a roster shake up as the new San Jose Sharks take on the Vancouver Canucks tonight in Rogers Arena. Kyle Wellwood, claimed off waivers, Ben Eager, via trade from Atlanta Thrashers, and Jordan White, a one-game amateur signee, will all make their Sharks debut.

Antero Niittymaki was placed on injured reserve today following morning skate hence the White tryout signing. Ryane Clowe, Benn Ferriero, Torrey Mitchell and Kent Huskin are also out.
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