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Sharks Overwhelm Injury-Laden Canucks, 3-1

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 at HP Pavilion at San Jose on Saturday night. The Sharks netted three powerplay goals to cement their third straight victory of the preseason.

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San Jose opened the scoring when Jeremy Roenick capitalized on the power play for his first goal in a Sharks uniform at 8:34 of the first. The Sharks earned the man advantage when Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler held the stick of Patrick Marleau. 42 seconds into the power play, Marleau found Roenick wide open on Ducks goaltender Roberto Luongo's right side and Roenick nailed it home to give the Sharks the 1-0 lead.

The Canucks evened the game with 1:25 remaining on their second shot of the night. Nathan McIver beat Sharks goaltending prospect Dimitri Patzold for his second goal of the preseason on a pass from Greg Classen. The period ended with the San Jose and Vancouver tied at one.

Twelve minutes into the second, Marcel Goc nearly gave the Sharks the lead when Patrick Rissmiller passed Goc the puck for a break-away attempt that grazed the side of the net. Rissmiller was taken down on the play and drew a tripping penalty, but the Sharks failed to convert with the man advantage.

Tomas Plihal was awarded a penalty shot at after being tripped by Patrick Coulombe and Jim Sharrow on a breakaway at 14:44. The Sharks prospect was unsucessful as Luongo made the glove save.

Things heated up when Patrick Marleau and Nathan McIver dropped the gloves after McIver repeatedly cross checked the Sharks captain. Following that fight, Craig Rivet and then Ryane Clowe each fought Canucks players and recieved game misconducts. Both Clowe and Rivet have history against Vancouver; the last time the Sharks faced  the Canucks in San Jose, Rivet and Clowe each received  roughing penalties.

The Sharks regained the lead with 1:31 remaining in the second when Devin Setoguchi tipped Christian Ehrhoff's slapshot from the point. The goal was Setoguchi's third of the preseason and his second in consecutive games. The Sharks entered the locker room with the 2-1 lead.

With Vancouver beginning the third on a two minute power play from the flurry of fisticuffs, Mike Grier appeared to have scored a shorty, but was called for holding the stick while he beat Luongo.  San Jose did kill off the five-on-three situation to preserve the lead.

When the Sharks took to their next power play, Joe Pavelski set up Cheechoo driving the net and he beat Luongo for a 3-1 lead.

The Sharks would hold onto that lead and win 3-1.
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