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Canucks expose SJ's defense
Another 3rd period meltdown
9/23/09 - By Mike Lee -

After trading two defensemen to the Vancouver Canucks in the off-season, the Sharks created some holes on their back line. That was crystal clear in the 3rd period of San Jose ’s pre-season loss to the Canucks in British Columbia on Wednesday night. San Jose blew a 2-0 lead and had to tie the game in the last minute of regulation just to get the game to overtime. They would eventually fall in the shootout 4-3 to a Canucks team that has been perfect in the pre-season.

Ben Ferriero scored his 3rd goal of the pre-season 1:54 into the 2nd period, courtesy of a deflection off of Joe Thornton and a quick set of hands. Devin Setoguchi carried the puck up the left wing before trying to whip a pass toward Thornton in the high slot. Setoguchi’s pass kicked off of Thornton right to Ferriero, who was breaking toward the goal just outside of the right post. With Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo caught at the top of the crease, all Ferriero had to do was sweep it toward the Canucks goal.

Kent Huskins would push the Sharks lead to 2-0 with a power play goal at 18:21 of the period Winger Jannik Hansen was set off for holding 30 seconds earlier, setting up the man advantage. Huskins sent a simple wrist shot in from the bottom of the left circle, catching the inside of the right post for his first goal of the preseason. He received some help from Patrick Marleau, who positioned himself right in front of Luongo, screening the Canucks goaltender.

Mason Raymond cut the Sharks lead in half at 7:22 of the 3rd period, after sweeping home a big rebound in front of the sharks net. Raymond started the sequence by sending a centering pass to Yann Sauve in the slot from behind the Sharks net. Sauve put a shot on goal that Evgeni Nabokov stopped, but the puck kicked out to Raymond near the bottom of the right circle.

San Jose would go on the power play moments later, after Evan Oberg was sent off for holding, but the Sharks failed to convert on the man advantage.

Vancouver would turn up the heat midway through the period, scoring a pair of goals to take the lead.

Alex Edler would tie things up with his first goal of the preseason by slipping a shot through traffic after slipping an open-ice check at the point. The shot appeared to deflect off of something in front of Nabokov, but Edler was credited with the goal.

Huskins committed a critical gaff in his own zone seconds later, turning the puck over to former Shark Steve Bernier. The winger would carry the puck to the right corner before setting up Tanner Glass with a one-time chance that beat Nabokov.

Kevin Bieksa would take an ill-timed delay of game penalty with 58 seconds left in regulation. The Sharks would pounce on the opportunity when Rob Blake cranked a shot from the point. Ferriero was originally credited with tipping the puck past Luongo, but the official scorer later credited Blake with the equalizer.

Marleau would get a golden chance to end things in overtime with a one-time chance from 10 feet out, which was followed by another great opportunity by Ferriero, but Luongo would stand tall.

Defenseman Jason Demers took a tripping penalty with 1:05 left in the extra session, but the Sharks weathered the storm, preserving the tie with the 4-on-3 penalty kill.

In the shootout Nabokov would stop Burrows, but then succumbed to circus goals by Edler and Raymond. Joe Pavelski would snap home a goal on the first Sharks attempt, but Ryan Clowe and Ferriero would miss on their attempts. Edler scored by skating up the right side, before putting on the breaks and waiting for Nabokov to slide back into the goal before depositing his shot. Raymond scored on a spin-o-rama goal in the crease.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 0 2 1 0 0 3
VAN 0 0 3 0 1 4
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Ferriero 3 (Thornton, Setoguchi), 1:54. 2, SJ, Huskins 1 (Thornton, Demers), 18:21, (pp).
3rd period - 3, VAN, Raymond 1 (unassisted), 7:22. 4, VAN, Edler 1 (Burrows), 13:16. 5, VAN, Glass 1 ( Bernier), 13:58. 6, SJ, Blake 1 (Demers, Setoguchi), 18:51, (pp).
Overtime - None.
Shootout - VAN: Burrows (miss), Edler (goal), Raymond (goal) SJ: Pavelski (goal), Clowe (miss), Ferriero (miss)
1st period - Oberg, VAN (high sticking), 13:54.
2nd period - Malhotra, SJ (hooking), 4:17; Murray , SJ (holding), 9:25; Glass, VAN (interference), 12:35; Hansen, VAN (holding), 17:49.
3rd period - Oberg, VAN (holding), 7:54; Bieksa, VAN (delay of game – puck over glass), 19:02.
Overtime - Demers, SJ (tripping), 3:55.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 29 26
VAN - Luongo 27 24
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 4 11 9 3 27
VAN 10 8 9 2 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 5
VAN 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Benn Ferriero
Mason Raymond
Roberto Luongo
Referees: Meier, Peel. Linesmen: Sharrers, Rody.

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