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Sharks dispatch Canucks again
Another strong 3rd period paces SJ
3/3/15 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks did what they needed to do Thursday night in Vancouver as they kicked off the road end of a home-and-home series with the Canucks. Coming off their 4-1 win in British Columbia last Sunday, the Sharks overpowered Vancouver with another strong 3rd period, scoring a pair of goals to wipe out a 2-1 Canucks lead.

San Jose struggled through a rough opening period that saw Vancouver jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Sharks came out of the gate slow and the Canucks pounced. Had it not been for their 3rd period heroics, the Sharks may have been forced to limp home.

Jake Virtanen staked the Canucks to a 1-0 lead by bouncing a shot off Sharks captain Joe Pavelski 7:14 into the game. Virtanen carried the puck up the left side of the rink before uncorking a wrist shot from the left dot. Martin Jones stopped the shot, but Virtanen scooped up the rebound and raced around the back of the net. The winger tried throwing the puck to the front of the net, but Pavelski was cutting across the top of the crease in pursuit of Virtanen when the puck hit him in the shin pad and redirected into the Sharks net.

Sven Baertschi pushed the Canucks lead to two goals with 1:29 left in the period. Dan Hamhuis fired a shot from the blueline, but Baertschi disrupted the trajectory by getting a stick blade on the puck in the high slot. The puck shifted right, sliding between Jones pads for Baertschi's 13th goal of the season.

Tomas Hertl cut the Canucks lead in half midway through the 2nd period, doing his best Baertschi imitation by deflecting a Brent Burns shot past Ryan Miller. Hertl fought off Ben Hutton in front of the Canucks net to get his stick on the shot. The goal was reviewed to see if Hertl's stick was above his shoulder, but replays confirmed the good goal call on the ice.

The Sharks converted on their 4th power play of the night early in the 3rd period when Burns snapped a shot from the high slot, splitting Pavelski's skates as the centerman jumped to avoid catching the shot in his midsection. Miller seemed to be distracted by Pavelski, never reacting to the shot as it sailed past his right shoulder.

Patrick Marleau capped the comeback with a pretty tap in off a long Joonas Donskoi feed at 5:29 of the period. Donskoi flew up the right wing boards, spotting Marleau cutting away from him in the slot. The young Finnish forward snapped a pass to the front of the net where Marleau was positioned for the punch out that split Miller's pads.

The Canucks were forced to pull Mille with 2 minutes left in regulation, but they couldn't muster the puck possession to mount any serious chances on Jones. The one exception was a point blank chance by Daniel Sedin, who had a wide open net to shoot at. Jones slid to his right to snuff out the prime scoring opportunity.

The two teams will meet for the third time this week on Saturday night.

Game Notes:

* Goaltender James Reimer was suited up for his first game as a Sharks since being acquired from Toronto last weekend.

* Michael Haley made the most of his action after being called up from the Barracuda. The rookie dropped the gloves with Derek Dorsett in a spirited bought in the 2nd period.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 2 3
VAN 2 0 0 2
1st period - 1, VAN, Virtanen 6 (Hamhuis, Tanev), 7:14. 2, VAN, Baertschi 13 (Hamhuis, Virtanen), 18:31.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Hertl 16 (Burns, Thornton), 10:29.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Burns 22 (Hertl), 0:43, (pp). 5, SJ, Marleau 19 (Donskoi, Couture), 5:29.
Penalties
1st period - Haley, SJ (hooking), 4:59; Hamhuis, VAN (holding), 15:05.
2nd period - Dorsett, VAN (slashing), 6:23; Haley, SJ (fighting major), 13:02; Dorsett, VAN (fighting major), 13:02; Hutton, VAN (concealing puck), 15:04; D. Sedin, VAN (high sticking), 19:03.
3rd period - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 30 28
VAN - Miller 30 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 7 16 7 30
VAN 15 8 7 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
VAN 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Jake Virtanen
Tomas Hertl
Attendance
18,422
Officials
Referees: Meier, O'Halloran. Linesmen: Galloway, Lazarowich.
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