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Bounce back in Vancouver
Sharks route Canucks after stinker in Calgary
2/5/15 - By Mike Lee -

The Vancouver Canucks have played the Sharks tough this season, so it was refreshing to see San Jose dismantle them on Thursday night, especially after sleep walking through their game in Calgary 24 hours prior. San Jose jumped the Canucks with goals in each period to take a 5-1 decision at Rogers Arena in British Columbia.

Balanced scoring was the secret to San Jose's success, as they received offensive contributions from 11 players. Two of those players were rookies Chris Tierney and Daniil Tarasov, who had milestone performances.

Tierney scored his 1st NHL goal, tipping a Brent Burns shot from the right point to blow open the game in the 3rd period. Tierney got his stick blade on a thigh high shot, changing the trajectory of the shot, skipping the puck past Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller.

Tierney credited getting into Vancouver at a reasonable hour and getting some rest before the game. The rookie had to jump on a plane on Wednesday morning to make San Jose's game with Calgary later than night. He was able to settle in to a regular routine on Thursday.

Daniil Tarasov also had a game suitable for the memory bank. The young Russian forward made his NHL debut and contributed with his 1st career point, assisting on a late goal by Andrew Desjardins. The youngster was also was welcomed to the league with a stick to the face that opened up a cut right under his left eye. Tarasov missed a pair of shifts while getting stitched up, but would return to get on the score sheet a period later.

With so few players contributing in Calgary, it was imperative that the Sharks received some scoring help from up and down the lineup.

San Jose staked themselves to a 1-0 lead at the end of the 1st period, when Matt Irwin rifled a shot from the outside of the left circle past Miller. The goal clipped the crossbar for Irwin's 4th tally of the season.

The Sharks threw 16 shots at Miller in the opening period, but the netminder turned aside all but Irwin's in that 1st frame.

Tierney may have been mimicking Melker Karlsson, who socred almost an identical goal early in the 2nd period. Once again, Burns fired the puck in, but it was Karlsson who tipped the puck, bouncing it past Miller for the 2-0 Sharks lead.

Dan Hamhuis was sent off for tripping Karlsson with 1:44 left in the middle frame, but Henrik Sedin saiid something to referee Chris Rooney, who tacked on another penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The ensuing 5-on-3 power play setup Joe Pavelski's 28th goal of the season to push the Sharks lead to 3-0 with 15 seconds left in the period.

Tierney's goal made it 4-0 which sent some of the 18,508 in attendance heading for the exits.

Radim Vrbata earned a trip to the sin bin after running into Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi. That drew a round of boos from the crowd, who were still a little perturbed by the call on Sedin earlier in the game.

Vrbata broke up Niemi's shutout bid with 1:57 left in the game, by blasting a shot from the right circle, that crossed up Niemi. The netminder slid to far to cut off the near post, allowing Vrbata's shot to tuck inside the far post.

With the game widing to a close, San Jose worked the puck into the Vancouver zone, when Tierney sent a backhand pass to Desjardins near the right dot. Desjardins lifted a shot over Miller's right shoulder with 5 seconds left in the game for his 3rd goal of the season.

Game Notes:

* Patrick Marleau played in his 1300th NHL game.

* Brent Burns 2 assists leave him one shy of his career high in assists for a season (29). Burns set that mark with the Minnesota Wild in 2010-11.

* The Sharks played 6 rookies, which is a season high. Tierney, Karlsson, Matt Tennyson and Tarasov combined for 5 points (2 goals, 3 asssits).

* The loss was only the 3rd in Miller's career against the Sharks. He is now 9-2-1 all time.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 2 2 5
VAN 0 0 1 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Irwin 4 (Tennyson, Couture), 17:43.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Karlsson 9 (Burns), 6:24. 3, SJ, Pavelski SJ 28 (Couture, Marleau), 19:45, (pp).
3rd period - 4, SJ, Tierney 1 (Burns, Vlasic), 3:55. 5, VAN, Vrbata 20 (Stanton), 18:03. 6, SJ, Desjardins 3 (Tierney, Tarasov), 19:55.
1st period - Stanton, VAN (interference), 6:00.
2nd period - Desjardins, SJ (boarding), 0:57; Goodrow, SJ (hooking), 7:44; Hamhuis, VAN (tripping), 18:16; H. Sedin, VAN (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:16.
3rd period - Vrbata, VAN (goaltender interference), 9:37; Karlsson, SJ (hooking), 14:09.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 34 33
VAN - Miller 38 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 16 14 8 38
VAN 9 12 13 34
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
VAN 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Brent Burns
Logan Couture
Referees: Rooney, Walsh. Linesmen: Barton, Mach.
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