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Timo Time secures sweep in Western Canada
Sharks forward scores two goals including game winner
3/17/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks completed their swing through Western Canada with a gritty 5-3 win in Vancouver on Saturday night, less than 24 hours after their big 7-4 win in Calgary. San Jose overcame three Canuck power play goals, when Timo Meier scored his second goal of the game 6 minutes into the 3rd period to stake the Sharks to the lead that mattered most. Aaron Dell made 28 saves to earn his first win in over a month.

The spotlight was on Meier who eclipsed the 20 goal mark with his two tallies, but he also took a pair of key penalties. The Canucks rallied for a pair of power play goals in the 2nd period. One of those goals was aided by a Meier holding penalty.

Former Shark Nicolai Goldobin opened the game's scoring with a goal 10:48 into the game. Goldobin roofed a shot from the top of the left circle that beat Dell, while Evander Kane was parked in the penalty box for holding Christopher Tanev.

The Sharks finished the period with a pair of goals to take the 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Kevin Labanc scored his 11th goal of the season when he was Johnny on the spot following a Joe Pavelski shot. Labanc was crashing on the right side and punched home a rebound after Pavelski's shot kicked off Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom.

Logan Couture scored his 29th goal of the season by swatting at a Tomas Hertl feed with Jake Vertanen draped all over him. Hertl carried the puck up the right wing and floated a pass to the front of the goal. Couture was fighting off Vertanen with one hand on his stick. That stick would chip the puck over Markstrom's shoulder for the lead.

Meier was credited with the Sharks third goal of the game 1:47 into the 2nd period, after a Brendan Dillon slapper from the blueline clipped the back of Meier's calf.

San Jose's penalty issues cost them in the back half of the period. Bo Horvat converted on the power play by redirecting a Sam Gagner shot while he bumped Dell. The Canucks forward clearly was in contact with Dell as the puck sailed into the crease but no goaltender interference was called.

Alex Edler added the Canucks third power play goal of the game at 11:48 with a shot from the right point that Dell seemed to lose. There was some traffic in the lane, but the shot was unobstructed.

Meier took matters into his own hands with 14 minute remaining in regulation when he carried a puck into the Canucks zone and muscled a shot from the right circle that Markstrom couldn't handle. Meier used Michael Del Zotto as a partial screen on the shot, but it seemed to surprise Markstrom.

Joe Pavelski appeared to score an empty net goal late in the game, but the Sharks were called for being offside. Hertl would make up for his by depositing his own empty-net tally with 25 seconds left to push him over the 20-goal mark for the season.

Game Notes:

* The injury bug bit the Sharks hard on Saturday night. Melker Karlsson was lost on the first shift of the game as he skated on the Sharks top line. He was seen hobbling to the locker room, Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was hit in above the shoulders on a deflected puck. It wasn't clear if Vlasic was hit in the face or throat area, but he crumpled to the ice. He was able to skate off the ice on his own power, but he did not return.

* Brendan Dillon was a +3 on the night and probably should have been credited with the goal that was given to Timo Meier early in the 2nd period. Dillon was also forced to step up his time on the ice with Vlasic's injury.

* Joakim Ryan missed the game with an undisclosed upper body injury. Paul Martin made his way into the game as Ryan's replacement. Martin played 10:10 on 15 shifts.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 2 5
VAN 1 2 0 3
1st period - 1, VAN, Goldobin 5 (Pouliot, Boucher), 10:48, (pp). 2, SJ, Labanc 11 (Kane, Burns), 14:58, (pp).
2nd period - 4, SJ, Meier 19 (Dillon, Demelo), 1:47. 5, VAN, Horvat 19 (Gagner, Edler), 5:23, (pp). 6, VAN, Edler 3 (Gagner, D. Sedin), 11:48, (pp).
3rd period - 7, SJ, Meier 20 (Labanc, Braun), 6:07. 8, SJ, Hertl 20 (unassisted), 19:35, (en).
1st period - Motte, VAN (hooking), 6:16; Kane, SJ (holding), 8:50; Virtanen, VAN (high sticking), 11:06; Pouliot, VAN (hooking), 14:47; Leipsic, VAN (cross checking), 18:18.
2nd period - Meier, SJ (holding), 5:16; Meier, SJ (tripping), 8:37; Martin, SJ (high sticking), 10:21.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 31 28
VAN - Markstrom 29 25
VAN - empy net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 11 11 30
VAN 9 12 10 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
VAN 3 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Timo Meier
Alex Edler
Evander Kane
Rogers Arena - 18,332
Referees: O'Halloran, Watson. Linesmen: Rody, Amell.
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