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Mumps the Word
Sharks return from break with 4-1 win in B.C.
2/25/17 - By Mike Lee -

You can't win them all, but there are some games you should win. After their week long break, the Sharks got back to work on Saturday night and used a slow and steady approach to beating the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in British Columbia. The undermanned Canucks had to rely on several prospects after a mumps outbreak affected several players, putting up a decent fight, before succumbing to their guests from the south 4-1.

San Jose had to shake off the cob webs early in the game after last playing on Sunday. Vancouver out-shot the Sharks 14-8 in a scoreless 1st period as the Sharks tried to acclimate themselves to the ice. Both teams traded shots through the first 12 minutes of the game before the Canucks pulled away on the shot counter to close out the period.

Tomas Hertl opened the game's scoring 3:31 into the 2nd period on a put back after Joel Ward raced up ice and tried pushing a puck past Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller. Miller made the initial stop on Ward, but the puck trickled through the goaltender's pads, sliding wide of the left post. Chris Tierney stabbed at the loose puck, pushing it to the front of the unattended goal, where Hertl swept it home.

Daniel Sedin tied the game 9 minutes later, depositing a pass from brother Henrik past MArtin jones from the left circle. Brent Burns tried clearing the Sharks zone with a backhanded try, but Henrik Sedin snatched the puck out of the air before slipping to his brother on the left side.

Things got testy 2 minutes later when Canucks prospect Joseph Labate hit Melker Karlsson with a check as the Sharks forward skated in front of the Canucks bench. Karlsson's head snapped sideways on the momentum of the hit before he crumpled to the ice.

Michel Haley went after Labate, which drew a rouging penalty that resulted in a Canucks power play. San Jose defused the situation by killing the penalty, the first of two Canucks power plays.

Brendan Dillon made sure Labate understood that his action would not be tolerated by engaging in a fight in the 3rd period. Dillon landed a pair of uppercuts, which undoubtedly conveyed the message.

Patrick Marleau continued his torrid pace by scoring his 22nd goal of the season with 56 seconds left in the period. Marleau took a backdoor pass from David Schlemko as he skated out of the right corner and jammed a puck home from outside the right post for his 503rd career goal. Schlemko may have been targeting Mikkel Boedker, who was parked at the top of the crease, but the puck sailed past him, right to Marleau.

San Jose added a pair of 3rd period goals to ice the game. Boeker pushed the Sharks lead to 3-1 with a pretty goal 11:31 into the final frame. The much maligned forward converted from the right side after flying in on net and lifting a shot past Miller for his 7th goal of the season.

Log Couture added a power play goal on the Sharks lone man advantage situation of the night. Couture took a Brent Burns pass and found a crack between Miller and the left post for the 4-1 lead.

Game Notes:

* Chris Tierney assisted on Hertl and Marleau's goals for a rare multi-point game.

* Couture's goal gave him 20 on the season, so go along with 20 assists.

* David Schlemko and Joel Ward combined for 8 blocked shots on the night.

* Mikkel Boedker led all Sharks with 5 shots on goal.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 2 2 4
VAN 0 1 0 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Hertl 7 (Tierney, Ward), 3:31. 2, VAN, D. Sedin 13 (H. Sedin), 12:02. 3, SJ, Marleau 22 (Schlemko, Tierney), 19:04
3rd period - 4, SJ, Boedker 7 (unassisted), 11:31. 5, SJ, Couture 20 (Burns, Pavelski), 14:20, (pp).
1st period - None.
2nd period - Marleau, SJ (hooking), 6:39; Haley, SJ (roughing), 13:58.
3rd period - Dillon, SJ (fighting major), 2:08; Labate, VAN (fighting major), 2:08; D. Sedin, VAN (hooking), 13:44.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 36 35
VAN - Miller 26 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 8 10 26
VAN 14 16 6 36
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 1
VAN 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Chris Tierney
Daniel Sedin
Rogers Arena - 18,139
Referees: Pochmara, Joanette. Linesmen: Gibbons, Murchison.
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