The Sharks continued their three game road trip Thursday night when they traveled to Vancouver to take on the Canucks. Two unanswered Canuck goals in the third period helped Vancouver down Team Teal, 3-2.
Evgeni Nabokov took the net for San Jose, looking to snap the Sharks current losing streak, while Alex Auld manned the net for the Canucks, hoping to give Vancouver a 10-1 record at home.
Sharks coach Ron Wilson was looking for the team to compete hard on Thanksgiving in hopes of getting back in the win column. San Jose did a good job of doing just that the first six minutes of the game, as they kept the puck in Vancouver’s end for the majority of the time.
Vancouver worked the first good scoring chance of the night for either teams when Richard Park wristed a shot on goal, while Ryan Kesler screened Nabokov, but the netminder turned it away. Just seconds later Park was sent to the penalty box for holding.
45 seconds later, Mattias Ohlund took a penalty after high sticking Jonathan Cheechoo, and just like that, the Sharks had a five-on-three advantage.
Just 10 seconds into the two man advantage, Patrick Marleau
put Team Teal on the board when he flipped a loose puck in front of the net past Auld, giving the Sharks the early 1-0 lead.
San Jose still had just over a minute left of Ohlund’s power play, but couldn’t convert on the advantage.
Vancouver earned their best scoring opportunity of the night when Todd Bertuzzi lead a breakaway, but Nabokov made a great save as he simply poke checked the puck away from the big right wing.
The Sharks headed to the locker room with their 1-0 lead intact and the confidence of knowing they had just played arguably their best first period of the season.
Vancouver went on the power play for the first time three minutes into the second period when Mark Smith got whistled for hooking. The Canucks put good pressure on Nabokov, but he turned away shots from Bertuzzi and Naslund as the power play wound down.
Wade Brookbank put the Canucks on the board when he notched his first goal of the season after tipping in a perfect pass from Bertuzzi, knotting the game at one with just over 12 minutes left in the period.
Action remained back and forth for the next eight minutes of the game, with Grant Stevenson, who earned his second point of his NHL career when he assisted on Marleau’s goal, lead the charge, riffling two shots on goal, both stopped by Auld however.
The see-saw battle continued, and the second period ended with the score remaining 1-1.
It took just two minutes into the third for the Sharks to regain their lead when Stevenson fed Sturm in front of the net. The German fanned on the attempt, but his fellow linemate Marcel Goc was there waiting to tip it in. The Sharks now lead 2-1.
Vancouver tied the game seven minutes into the third when a turnover by Brad Stuart allowed Bertuzzi to feed a streaking Naslund in front of the net. The center flipped it past Nabokov, tying the game at two.
Less than one minute later, Henrik Sedin drove the Sharks net and backhanded the puck on goal. The puck bounced off Nabokov’s chest and straight to Anson Carter who buried the it in the back of the net. Vancouver now led 3-2.
San Jose had a two man advantage after a Bertuzzi penalty with eight minutes remaining. The Sharks kept the puck in the zone nearly the entire two minutes, putting four quality shots on goal, but Auld turned away each one.
With 1:18 left on the game clock, the Sharks pulled Nabokov in favor of the extra attacker. Despite a late push to get their third goal, San Jose was unable to do so and fell to Vancouver by the final score of 3-2.
COOLEST GAME OF THE MONTH
The Sharks will host a “Coolest Game of the Month” viewing party on Nov. 30 at the Tied House in San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose. The opening faceoff is at 5:30 p.m., but fans should arive early, as seating is limited.
The Sharks will play host to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at HP Pavilion at San Jose. The game can be seen on FSN Bay Area or heard on the Sharks Radio Network and sjsharks.com.