The Vancouver Canucks (28-36-13) faced the San Jose Sharks (43-29-6) in the second of two consecutive games between the two teams, on Thursday night at the SAP Center in San Jose, to finish up their 5-game season series against the Sharks.
San Jose had won three of the previous four games this season between the two Pacific division rivals.
Vancouver entered the game having lost their last 9-games (0-8-1).
In their nine consecutive losses, Vancouver had only 8 goals for, surrendered 28 goals against, and scored only one power goal in nineteen opportunities. Their penalty kill, 5th best in the NHL in that span though entering tonight’s game, at 91.3 percent (21 for 23).
Jannick Hansen scored the winning goal and picked up an assist; Daniel Sedin, Bo Horvat, and Markus Granlund all scored; Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin had an assist each; Ryan Miller stopped 32 of 34 shots for a .941 Sv%, in the Canucks first win since March 12 against the Nashville Predators.
Daniel Sedin scored 69 seconds into the game, to get Vancouver into the game on the right foot, giving the Canucks an early 1-0 lead; his 28th of the season, assisted by Jannik Hansen (14) and Henrik Sedin (41) at 1:09.
Bo Horvat would make it 2-0 Canucks at 13:55 of the period with the Sharks dominating the game. Horvat’s 13th goal of the season, unassisted.
Vancouver got the first man advantage opportunity of the game when Ben Hutton was tripped by Melker Karlsson at 14:21. Canucks were unable to score.
- one power play goal in their last thirty-three opportunities for 3.03 percent, going back to March 7 against the Los Angeles Kings. Their only power play goal coming against the Nashville Predators on March 25.
San Jose would get their first power play, right after the Canucks did, when Henrik Sedin would be sent off for holding the stick of Joonas Donskoi at 17:09. Canucks would kill it off.
- Vancouver 23 for 24 on the penalty kill in last 11 games (including tonight), for 95.8 percent success.
Canucks would finish the first period with a 2-0 lead having been dominated otherwise by the home team.
In the first period:
- Vancouver out shot by San Jose 13-10 and won 7 of 23 face-offs.
- Canucks out hit by Sharks 9 to 5.
- Vancouver face-off leaders: Markus Granlund-0 for 3; Bo Horvat-3 for 9; Brendan Gaunce-2 for 3; Henrik Sedin-2 for 7.
- Alex Burrows and Ben Hutton: 2 shots each.
- Matt Bartkowski, Emerson Etem and Alex Biega: 2 hits each
- Vancouver power play 0 for 1; penalty kill 1 for 1
- Canucks TOI: Dan Hamhuis-8:33; Bo Horvat-6:33; Emerson Etem-6:41; Chris Tanev-7:49; Ben Hutton-6:18; Matt Bartkowski-6:03
- Teams Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Vancouver-16; Sharks-12
- All Strengths: Canucks-21; San Jose-17
- Top Canucks:
- All Situations: Daniel Sedin +8; Henrik Sedin +7; Alex Burrows, Ben Hutton and Ryan Miller- +4 each
- Even Strength: Daniel Sedin +5; Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows, and Ryan Miller- +4 each
Entering the the second period, Canucks announced that Sven Baertschi was unable to play the rest of the game due to a lower body injury.
With 14:36 to go in the period, Canucks were being out shot 4 to 1 and continuing to struggle on face-offs as San Jose were pressing to get their first goal.
Canucks would be shorthanded again as Jared McCann would be penalized for hooking Chris Tierney at the 6-minute mark, giving the Sharks a great opportunity to pull within a goal, but as Vancouver has been doing of late, the Sharks were held scoreless.
Vancouver would be back on the power play at 11:30 of the period when dylan DeMelo would get a minor for interference on Emerson Etem. Vancouver would get four shots with the man advantage but no goal and would be 0 for 2 in the game.
Canucks found it hard to stay out of the penalty box in the middle frame. Jannik Hansen would get caught slashing Logan Couture at 13:55, putting the Sharks back on the power play.
San Jose would finally get a power play goal, from Patrick Marleau at 14:30, his 22nd goal of the season, assisted by Joe Thornton (58) and Brent Burns (45), to make it 2-1 Canucks.
Vancouver would give San Jose their third power play late in the period, with Alex Biega sent off for slashing Tommy Wingels at 18:30.
The Sharks would lose their man advantage when Joe Pavelski would get a minor for tripping at 19:00.
Vancouver would barely escape the second period with a lead, but they did, 2 to 1.
In the second period:
- Vancouver were out shot by San Jose 13 to 9 and won 13 of 21 face-offs.
- Canucks out hit by Sharks 8 to 5.
- Vancouver penalty kill was 2 for 3; power play 0 for 1
- Canucks face-off leaders: Markus Granlund-3 for 5; Bo Horvat-4 for 5; Brendan Gaunce-2 for 2; Henrik Sedin-4 for 8.
- Vancouver Time On Ice: Alex Biega-6:33; Dan Hamhuis-7:11; Yannick Weber-7:16; Chris Tanev-6:39; Ben Hutton-6:04; Henrik Sedin-6:35; Matt Bartkowski-7:09; Markus Granlund-6:41
- Teams Corsi For:
- Even Strength: San Jose-18; Vancouver-9
- All Strengths: Sharks-25; Canucks-19
- Top Canucks After Two Periods:
- All Situations: Daniel Sedin +9; Henrik Sedin +7; Alex Burrows, Brendan Gaunce- +4 each
- Even Strength: Brendan Gaunce +5; Alex Burrows +3; Emerson Etem and Chris Higgins- +2 each
Vancouver holding a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes, and were inching closer to snapping their 9-game losing streak.
Both teams started the period 4-on-4, and the Canucks were unable to score with their short time on the power play, so the Canucks continued the period 0 for 3 on their power play that was hard to imagine being any worse.
Vancouver was holding their own in the period tied with the Sharks with two shots apiece and 4 for 6 on face-offs, and getting plenty of action in the Sharks end, with 10:16 left in the period.
Logan Couture would score his 4rth goal in consecutive games against the Canucks, his 14 goal of the season at 10:58, assisted by Brent Burns (46) and Joonas Donskoi (24), to even up the game at 2-2.
Jannick Hansen would score on a 2-on-1, and take a hard slap shot that would score, blowing it by Martin Jones, his 20th of the season, to put Vancouver back into the lead, 3 to 2. Unassisted.
The good turn would continue as Vancouver would be rewarded with their 4rth power play of the game with four minutes left in the game, and a chance to go up by two goals. Instead they were happy to skate around with the puck and have seconds tick off the clock.
The Sharks took advantage of the lack of interest by Vancouver on their power play and put a 6th attacker on the ice with two minutes left.
With under a minute left, Markus Granlund would negate an icing, grab the puck and eventually score an empty net goal, to give Vancouver an insurance goal, with a 4-2 lead.
Granlund, his 6th goal of the season, assisted by Alex Burrows (13) at 19:39.
Vancouver win, and snap their winless streak at 9-games.
In the third period:
- Vancouver was out shot by San Jose 8 to 7 and only won 9 of 20 face-offs.
- Canucks out hit Sharks 13 to 7.
- Vancouver power play was 0 for 1
- Canucks Time On Ice: Dan Hamhuis-6:34; Daniel Sedin-6:27; Henrik Sedin- 7:18; Chris Tanev-7:50; Ben Hutton-8:02; Matt Bartkowski-8:05
- Teams Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Vancouver-13; San Jose-14
- All Strengths: Sharks-18; Canucks-19
End Of The Game:
- Vancouver finished with 26 shots, San Jose 34 shots, and Canucks won 29 of 64 face-offs.
- Vancouver had 17 hits to the Sharks 39 hits.
- Canucks penalty kill was 3 for 4; power play was 0 for 4.
- Vancouver Time On Ice: Ben Hutton-20:24; Dan Hamhuis-22:18; Matt Bartkowski-21:17; Chris Tanev-22:18
- Teams Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Sharks-44; Canucks-38
- All Strengths: San Jose-60; Vancouver-59
- Top Canucks in game:
- All Situations: Daniel Sedin +9; Alex Burrows +7; Henrik Sedin +6;Brendan Gaunce +5
- Even Strength: Alex Burrows +6; Brendan Gaunce +5; Emerson Etem and Chris Higgins- +2 each