The Sharks kicked off their 2014 preseason campaign by splitting the squad and battling the Canucks in two different venues on Tuesday night. An earlier evening contest saw San Jose drop a 4-2 decision at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The Sharks rallied in the second contest to defeat the Canucks 5-2 at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California.
In Vancouver, Brent Burns let go a hard wrister that got past Canucks goaltender Joe Cannata for the Sharks first score of the game. Burns' shot came on the power play as the blueliner was patient to bide his time and find an open lane and eventually the back of the net. Later Patrick Marleau turned on the jets to fly past the Vancouver defense and score showing he's still got the same speed he's possessed his entire career.
The two Sharks goals were not enough to eclipse scores from Linden Vey, Hunter Shinkaruk, Jordan Subban and Bo Horvat of the Canucks. Alex Stalock played almost the entire 60 minutes, stopping 16 of 19 shots, before he was pulled for the extra attacker late in the third.
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One-thousand miles south, Sharks Territory took over Stockton and its arena to play host to the rest of the Canucks squad. Many fans wearing teal showed up for the contest and were rewarded by an offensive outburst after no goals were scored in the first 20 minutes.
Forwards Joe Thornton, Barclay Goodrow and Nikolay Goldobin scored one after the other in the middle frame for a 3-0 lead. Goldobin's score was highlighted by the type of skill that made him the Sharks first-round selection in this summer's NHL draft. The 18-year-old showed speed and skill in finishing a beautiful wraparound score in his first professional contest. Goldobin finished the night with a goal and an assist.
The Sharks and Canucks traded scores twice in the third. Joe Pavelski got on the board and Thornton gathered his second of the night to open and close the goal scoring action. The Sharks outshot the Canucks 35-12 on the night. Nick Bonino and Nicklas Jensen scored for the Canucks. Sharks goaltender Troy Grosenick stopped 10 of 12 shots.
For more details on the Sharks exhibition victory in Stockton, click here.