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Canucks take 2nd from SJ
Absence of PP hurts Sharks
10/2/08 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks dropped their second consecutive decision to the Vancouver Canucks in the pre-season with a 3-2 loss at GM Place on Thursday night. Henrik Sedin converted 39 seconds in to the 3rd period and the host Canucks held on to improve to 6-0 in the pre-season.

Sedin's goal came just after a Rob Blake interference penalty expired. Vancouver converted on two other power play chances to take advantage of the Sharks porous penalty kill.

Former Shark Steve Bernier squared off agsint his ex-teammates and bagged his first goal as a Canuck. Bernier's used the formula that Sharks head coach Todd McLellan has been preaching all training camp. Park a body in front of the net, and throw shots on goal.

Bernier did exaclty that and was rewarded with a power play goal early in the middle period. The Canucks would convert on another man advantage play 5 minutes after Bernier's goal to take their first lead of the game.

San Jose took an early 1-0 lead on a Riley Armstrong goal with 2:35 remaining in the 1st period. San Jose dominated the shot counter in the period, outshooting the Canucks 12-3 in the period, but games are decided by goals not shot.

The Sharks inability to convert on 7 power play chances did them in. Vancouver goaltender Curtis Sanford also played a strong game turning aside all 13 shots he faced in the 3rd period, including what looked like the equalizer with seconds remaining in the contest.

Joe Pavelski scored his 1st goal of the pre-season with a 4 minutes to play in the 2nd period.

Sharks centerman Joe Thornton did not emerge from the locker room to start the 3rd period. He was apparently pulled for precautionary reasons, although the team did not disclose the nature of his injury.

Sharks goaltender stopped 17 of 20 shots to earn the loss. Recently named Canucks captain Roberto Luongo was suited up, but was a spectator.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 0 2
VAN 0 2 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Armstrong 1 (Kaspar), 17:25.
2nd period - 2, VAN, Bernier 1 (Salo, D. Sedin), 5:24, (pp). 3, VAN, D. Sedin 1 (Bieksa, H. Sedin), 8:28, (pp). 4, SJ, Pavelski 1 (Clowe, Michalek), 15:59.
3rd period - 5, VAN, H. Sedin 1 (Bieksa, D. Sedin), 0:39.
1st period - Blake, SJ (interference), 2:34; Burrows, VAN (high sticking), 7:34; Moore, SJ (fighting major), 9:28; Rypien, VAN (fighting major), 9:28; Mitchell, VAN (holding), 11:22; Boyle, SJ (tripping), 12:26.
2nd period - Vlasic, SJ (hooking), 3:27; Shelley, SJ (fighting major), 5:38; Brown, VAN (fighting major), 5:38; Clowe, SJ (holding), 8:00; Clowe, SJ (roughing), 10:18; Davison, VAN (tripping), 13:52; H. Sedin, VAN (hooking), 16:25; Hansen, VAN (hooking), 18:07; Blake, SJ (interference), 18:38.
3rd period - Bieksa, VAN (interference), 8:40; Burrows, VAN (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:45.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 20 17
VAN - Sanford 33 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 12 8 13 33
VAN 3 13 4 20
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 7
VAN 2 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Henrik Sedin
Daniel Sedin
Curtis Sanford
Referees: L'Ouyer, Lee. Linesmen: Galloway, Heyer.

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