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Mastery of Canucks continues
Sharks stay perfect with 4-1 win
10/10/13 - By Mike Lee -

Brace yourself. Tomas Hertl did not score on Thursday night. The Sharks rookie sensation failed to get a puck past Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, but hit teammates picked him up and put up a four-spot on the host Canucks. Hertl participated in a key story line, after getting targeted by Alex Edler with a head shot that is sure to stir debate.

* The attention on Hertl was magnified by Brad Stuart's suspension on Wednesday. Stuart received a three-game suspension after hitting Rick Nash during the Sharks 9-2 white-washing of the New York Rangers. Edler caught Hertl in the head, sending the 19-year old rookie's helmet flying. The cheap-shot went un-penalized, but is still subject to review by the league.

* San Jose had little trouble dispatching Luongo as they did on opening night. Four different skaters scored goals, giving San Jose a league leading 21 tallies on the season.

* Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored his 2nd goal of the season midway through the opening period, rifling a Brent Burns feed from the slot. Burns carried the puck up the right wing and sent a bullet pass to his left where Vlasic put a one-timer past Luongo.

* Sharks GM Doug Wilson juggled his lineup on Thursday, sending John McCarthy to San Francisco and recalled Matt Pelech. The new guy rewarded Wilson with his first career NHL goal on a one-time chance from the slot with under a minute left in the 1st period. James Sheppard setup the gaol with a pass from behind the net.

* Pelech's goal turned out to be the game winner, which happens to be the 3rd in four games from rookies scoring their 1st NHL score.

* Patrick Marleau scored his 3rd of the season midway through the 3rd period on a one-time chance from the top of the left circle. Tyler Kennedy fished out the puck from a scrum along the end boards, before skating around the left corner and sliding a setup feed to Marleau.

* Joe Thornton assisted on the goals scored by Vlasic and Marleau moving him into 54th all-time in points with 1,122.

* Hertl's heroics on Tuesday were the lynch pin for an amusing story out of the Sharks locker room. Sharks Captain raised a few eyebrows with comments he made while Patrick Marleau was being interviewed by a blogger for the The Province, Vancouver's primary newspaper. Thornton expressed some views about what he would do if he scored four goals in a game. Those comments involved disrobing and the flailing of a certain body part. The comments were made in confidence, but were released on the Province blog. The Sharks media relations folks were none too happy with the fact that the comments were made public.

* Brent Burns scored an empty net goal benefitting from a Logan Couture shot that hit the post and bounced back to Burns.

* The win was the Sharks 11th straight over Vancouver, including playoff games. Unfortunately for San Jose, they won't see the Canucks again until November 7th. Because of the new schedule format, the two teams only play each other four times, even though they are in the same division. The two teams wrap up their regular season series on November 14th.

* Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi leads the league in wins (4), and his 1.25 goals against average ranks 6th among goaltenders who have appeared in at least two games this season. His .945 save percentage ranks 7th.

* The Sharks penalty kill defended against the lone Canuck power play opportunity, pushing their penalty kill efficiency to 81.8%. That places them 16th in the league. One of the big reasons why their mediocre penalty kill hasn't stung them is that they're not committing many penalties. The Sharks ranked 1st in the league by averaging a paltry 5.5 penalty minutes per game. The Florida Panthers are last with 29.2 penalty minute average per game.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 1 4
VAN 0 1 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Vlasic 2 (Burns, Thornton), 12:16. 2, SJ, Pelech 1 (Sheppard), 19:02.
2nd period - 3, DET, Santorelli 4 (Stanton, Tanev), 10:20. 4, SJ, Marleau 3 (Kennedy), 11:55.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Burns 1 (Thornton, Couture), 17:41, (en).
Penalties
1st period - D. Sedin, VAN (holding), 9:34; Wingels, SJ (high sticking), 14:21.
2nd period - Hansen, VAN (high sticking), 1:58; Kesler, VAN (hooking), 15:38.
3rd period - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 26 25
VAN - Luongo 28 25
VAN - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 10 9 29
VAN 12 8 6 26
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
VAN 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Tyler Kennedy
Mike Santorelli
Attendence
18,910
Officials
Referees: LaRue, St Pierre. Linesmen: Cameron, Nelson.
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