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Simple approach pays dividends in Vancouver
Sharks do the little things right in 4-2 win
11/29/09 - By Mike Lee -

Skating on the same sheet of ice that will host the Olympic tournament in February, the Sharks got to showcase some potential Olympians on Sunday night in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. San Jose put together a simple plan of attack and executed in well, and in the process became the first team in the NHL to reach the 40-point mark this season. The Sharks extended a 2-1 lead with a pair of late goals and knocking off a Canucks team that had lost only 3 times in 13 games at GM Place this season.

The Sharks got off to another slow start, surrendering the game’s opening goal just 1:59 into the contest. Kyle Wellwood skated up the right wing on a 2-on-1 break, before snapping a pass past Evgeni Nabokov. Defenseman Derek Joslin was the lone man back, but he elected to take away the pass through the slot, allowing Wellwood to pick a corner for his 2nd goal of the season.

Nabokov would take an uncharacteristic roughing penalty at 8:01, leveling Henrik Sedin with a punch behind the Sharks net. The punch was more reaction after the two became tangled along the end boards and fortunately for San Jose , the Sharks penalty killing unit killed off the penalty.

Frazer McLaren would tie the game with his first NHL goal at 12:18 on a nice piece of work from the Sharks 3rd line. After the Sharks hustled to work the puck deep into the Vancouver zone, Joe Pavelski found himself with the puck in the right corner. The Sharks centerman saw McLaren skating toward the net, so he sent a bullet pass for the redirect past Roberto Luongo.

A wild finish to the period ended with the Sharks intercepting a clearing pass by Luongo behind the Canucks net, but Jed Ortmeyer was a step to late in getting the empty net chance into the goal. The clock expired just at the Sharks forward gathered the puck and made the move toward the empty crease.

An Alex Edler hooking penalty at 5:09 setup a Sharks power play goal a minute later. Dan Boyle pumped home a meaty rebound after Joe Thornton put a shot on net from the left wing boards. Boyle was skating toward the net, when the puck bounced to him at the bottom of the right circle for the easy put back.

San Jose fell into a defensive shell in the 3rd period, suppressing the Canucks who tried to bag the equalizer by forcing the forechecking. An interference penalty to Ryane Clowe gave the Canucks a power play with 13 minutes to play, but the Sharks penalty kill was a perfect 4-for-4 on the night.

With Vancouver chipping away, looking for a crack in the Sharks armor, the Sharks managed to turn the tables late. Manny Malhotra gave the Sharks the breathing room they would need with 2:35 left in regulation on a nice breakout by the Sharks. Douglas Murray moved the puck up the ice with a long pass from the Sharks zone to Clowe, who feathered a pass to Malhotra from the left point. Malhotra streaked up the ice, beating Edler to the net.

Jamie McGinn made it 4-1 just 13 seconds later. A dump in to the right corner was pursued by Jed Ortmeyer, who chipped the puck out to the slot where McGinn swatted at it. The shot would beat Luongo, and the Canucks night was over.

Wellwood would setup a meaningless goal with 6.3 seconds left. The centerman beat McGinn to the puck along the right wing boards, throwing it toward the Sharks net, where Jannik Hansen tipped it past Nabokov for the final goal of the game.

Game Notes:

McLaren became the fifth Sharks to record their first NHL goal this season.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 2 4
VAN 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, VAN, Wellwood 2 (Bernier, Edler), 1:59. 2, SJ, McLaren 1 (Pavelski), 12:18.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Boyle 6 (Thornton, Huskins), 6:15, (pp).
3rd period - 4, SJ, Malhotra 5 (Clowe, Pavelski), 17:25. 5, SJ, McGinn 4 (Ortmeyer), 17:38. 6, VAN, Hansen 2 (Wellwood), 19:53.
1st period - Nabokov, SJ (roughing), 8:01; Blake, SJ (kneeing), 12:45; Hordichuk, VAN (interference), 16:39.
2nd period - Samuelsson, VAN (hooking), 0:22; Edler, VAN (hooking), 5:09; D. Sedin, VAN (holding), 7:27; McGinn, SJ (high sticking), 13:16.
3rd period - Clowe, SJ (interference), 6:43; Burrows, VAN (hooking), 13:22.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 27 25
VAN - Luongo 30 26
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 7 15 8 30
VAN 10 4 13 27
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 5
VAN 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Dsan Boyle
Frazer McLaren
Ryane Clowe
Referees: Lee, Furlatt. Linesmen: Rody, Galloway.

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