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Canucks run wild on San Jose ice
Vancouver puts 47 shots in Sharks in 4-3 win
1/3/11 - By Mike Lee -

More wishy-washy hockey in San Jose resulted in another come from ahead loss for the Sharks on Monday night. After battling to a 3-2 lead midway through the game, a lack of focus allowed one of the hottest teams in the NHL to take another victory from the Sharks at HP Pavilion. A non-call in the 3rd period would also give the Vancouver Canucks the game winning goal and add the Sharks inconsistent results.

Vancouver has only an overtime loss to show for their last ten games, having won 14 of 17 to push themselves to the top of the Western Conference standings. Their 53 points matches the Detroit Red Wings, who have played two more games than the Canucks.

Alex Burrows would score the game winner midway through the 3rd period on one of 21 shots in the period by Vancouver. They would out-shoot San Jose 47-35, exposing a porous defense that had no answers for a Canucks offense that roamed freely in the Sharks zone most of the evening.

The Canucks top line took advantage of some sloppy stick work by the Sharks in their own zone. Joe Thornton turned over the puck at his own blueline, opening up things for Alex Burrows who made the feed to Henrik Sedin in the left corner. Sedin took a step toward the net before sliding a pass to the slot to brother Daniel for the easy tap in goal. Sharks netminder Antti Niemi was defenseless against the tic-tac-toe passing by the Canucks.

Jamal Mayers dropped the gloves with Tanner Glass midway through the period in an attempt to light a fire under his bench. The Sharks forward did a yeoman's job against Glass.

The fight would spark the Sharks, but they would not generate much in terms of offense against Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider. Vancouver would outshoot the Sharks 15-7 in the period.

A sniper's bullet in the form of Dan Boyle stick would drop Alex Burrows with 1:45 remaining in the period to put the Canucks on the power play. San Jose would get out of the period without any further damage, but would be forced to play catch up against a red hot Canucks lineup.

Henrik Sedin almost made it 2-0 on a breakaway four minutes into the 2nd period, but Douglas Murray got back to cut off Sedin's path to the net.

San Jose would strike on the ensuing rush. A puck was cycled around to the right wing boards, where Jason Demers pounced on the puck and whipped a shot to the left post, where Ryane Clowe was parked for the tap in. It was Clowe's 11th tally of the season.

A hooking penalty to Logan Couture would put the Canucks on the power play at 7:31, and it would prove costly for the Sharks. Alex Edler snapped a one-timer past Niemi after former Sharks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff sent a cross-ice pass from the left side.

The Sharks would counter with a power play goal of their own after Henrik Sedin slashed Thornton to setup a San Jose power play. Patrick Marleau would deposit his 15th goal of the season after Dan Boyle sent a shot in on goal. Marleau was parked just off the left post and was able to grab Boyle's rebound and lift it past Schneider to tie things up at 2-2.

San Jose would strike again three minutes later when an odd-man rush by the Sharks fourth line turned into a goal. Jamal Mayers took a Dany Heatly feed on the right wing and snapped a shot past Schneider, who slipped on the play.

Jannik Hansen would tie the game with 1:25 remaining in the period, stuffing home a rebound after the Sharks got too passive in their own zone. Ryan Kessler put a shot on net that Niemi couldn't control. Hansen slipped past a Sharks defenseman, then jammed a shot past Niemi from three feet out with Murray standing at the top of the crease.

Things got interesting in the 3rd period. Joe Thornton missed on a wide open net 6 minutes into the period, then the Canucks would turn around and generate a three-on-one chance that would end with a Jeff Tambellini shot on net.

San Jose would fall victim to a non-call right in front of the net. Ehrhoff threw a puck on net that was deflected out of the air with a high stick by Burrows. The puck bounced off Niemi who tried to glove the original shot, and landed in the crease. Burrows swept it home for this 8th goal of the season. The play should have been whistled dead, but the play was allowed to continue, giving the Canucks the gift goal.

San Jose would pull Niemi with 1:50 to play, but the extra skater did little to help the Sharks.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
VAN 1 2 1 4
SJ 0 3 0 3
1st period - 1, VAN, D. Sedin 21 (H. Sedin, Burrows), 6:09.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Clowe 11 (Demers, Ferriero), 5:08. 3, VAN, Edler 3 (Ehrhoff, D. Sedin), 8:14, (pp). 4, SJ, Marleau 15 (Heatley, Boyle), 12:18, (pp). 5, SJ, Mayers 2 (Heatley, Huskins), 15:21. 6, VAN, Hansen 5 (Kessler, Raymond), 18:35.
3rd period - 7, VAN, Burrows 8 (Ehrhoff, Ballard), 8:57.
Penalties
1st period - H. Sedin, VAN (high sticking), 0:49; Glass, VAN (fighting major), 10:35; Mayers, SJ (fighting major), 10:35; Boyle, SJ (high sticking), 18:15.
2nd period - Couture, SJ (hooking), 7:31; H. Sedin, VAN (slashing), 11:18; Glass, VAN (fighting major), 15:24; Mashinger, SJ (fighting major), 15:24.
3rd period - Vlasic, SJ (tripping), 1:40.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
VAN - Schneider 35 32
SJ - Niemi 47 43
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VAN 15 11 21 47
SJ 7 15 13 35
Power Play Conversion
VAN 1 of 3
SJ 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Daniel Sedin
Antti Niemi
Christian Ehrhoff
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Jackson, StPierre. Linesmen: Rody, Wheler.
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