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Sharks have a Dell-emma after win
Netminder records back-to-back shutouts
11/23/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks have a dilemma on their hands. Aaron Dell has created a problem for San Jose after recording his second straight shutout, stopping the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 at SAP Center as the Sharks wrapped up a 6-game home stand. Dell stopped 19 shots en route to his 3rd win of the season. Dell's numbers have been more effective than starter Martin Jones, and back-to-back shutouts shouldn't be ignored.

Dell had the benefit of facing a Canucks team that fell for the 8th consecutive game, but they're still an NHL team and the Sharks backstop never allowed Vancouver to establish any semblance of a foothold in Friday night's game. The Canucks never really challenged Dell, generating only 19 shots in the game.

Vancouver only mustered 3 shots in the 3rd period, even though they trailed 2-0 when the frame started.

Antoine Roussel took a pair of penalties in the opening period, and San Jose took advantage of the second one at 10:54 of the period when Logan Couture snapped a shot right off the faceoff past Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson. Couture was positioned at the top of the left circle to one-time a touch pass form Erik Karlsson. Couture's shot tucked just inside the right post for his 8th goal of the year.

Roussel's night would get more interesting as the night went on.

Derrick Pouliot put the Sharks on a 4 minute power play at 16:04 of the period after he cut Lukas Radil with a high stick. San Jose used all but 14 seconds of the double minor before Timo Meier deflected a second chance attempt by Joe Thornton, who threw the puck to the front of the net from the end line down near the end line. Meier was checked into the right post, but he managed to get his stick out in front of him as Thornton's feed slipped behind Nilsson.

San Jose spent their fair share in the penalty box in the middle period, which disrupted any flow. Brendan Dillon was whistled for holding 2 minutes into the period. Evander Kane was sent off for roughing after Roussel took liberties with Dillon after both teams picked up the checking intensity. Rookie Lukas Radil was called for slashing with 4 minutes left in the period.

The lack of scoring was offset by effective penalty killing and solid goaltending by Aaron Dell in the period. The sharks killed all three Canuck power plays and Dell stopped all 8 shots he saw in the frame to go along with the 8 he stopped in the 1st period.

San Jose started the 3rd period by losing Logan Couture after Canucks rookie phenom Elias Pettersson caught the Sharks forward with a stick to the eye. None of the four on-ice officials saw the high stick so no penalty was called.

The hockey gods atoned for the officials miss when Sam Gagner lofted a puck the width of the ice from his own zone over the glass to take a delay of game penalty. Erik Karlsson converted the Sharks third power play goal of the game on the ensuing man-advantage with a shot from the high slot.

Karlsson appeared to bag his second goal of the game at 9:35 of the period, but forward Melker Karlsson got a stick on the shot to shift credit for the tally. It was Melker Karlsson's 1st goal of the season. It was also the first time the Karlsson's teamed up to record a goal.

Roussel became more agitated with the Sharks and decided to take out his frustration on Marc-Edouard Vlasic, by going after him in the last minute of play. Video replays showed that Roussel bit Vlasic on the hand as the two were tied up in a scrum with the two linesmen and several other players.

The league will likely review's Roussel's mastication tendencies. He finished the game with 18 minutes in penalties.

Game Notes:

* Lukas Radil made his NHL debut for San Jose, skating on a line with Barclay Goodrow and Melker Karlsson.

* With the primary assist on Timo Meier's goal, Joe Thornton moved into sole possession of 11th place on the NHL's career assists lists, surpassing Mario Lemieux.

* Erik Karlsson finished the game with a goal and two assists.

* San Jose won 28 of 42 draws for a 67% faceoff win percentage, which explains the low shot count for Vancouver.

* The Sharks head to Las Vegas, where they will take on the Golden Knights for the first time since being eliminated by them in the playoffs last spring. Vegas has not had the golden season so far this season. They are 4th in the Pacific Division, but have played .500 hockey for most of the season. They shutout Calgary 2-0 on Friday night.


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1 2 3 T
VAN 0 0 0 0
SJ 2 0 2 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Couture 8 (E. Karlsson, Labanc), 10:54, (pp). 2, SJ, Meier 13 (Thornton, Burns), 19:50, (pp).
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 3, SJ, E. Karlsson 2 (Thornton, Labanc), 3:43, (pp). 4, SJ, M. Karlsson 1 (E. Karlsson, Dillon), 9:35.
1st period - Roussel, VAN (elbowing), 4:12; Roussel, VAN (delay of game - puck over glass), 10:48; Pouliot, VAN (high sticking - double minor), 16:04.
2nd period - Dillon, SJ (holding), 2:16; Kane, SJ (roughing), 12:07; Radil, SJ (slashing), 16:00.
3rd period - Gagner, VAN (delay of game - puck over glass), 2:54; Roussel, VAN, roughing, 19:20; Roussel, VAN (cross checking), 19:20; Roussel, VAN (10 min misconduct), 19:20; Vlasic, SJ (roughing), 19:20.
Shots Saves
VAN - Nilsson 24 20
SJ - Dell 19 19
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VAN 8 8 3 19
SJ 12 5 7 24
Power Play Conversion
VAN 0 of 3
SJ 3 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Aaron Dell
Erik Karlsson
Brendan Dillon
SAP Center - 17,056
Referees: Chmielewski, Walsh. Linesmen: Cormier, Nansen.
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