Event Name: San Jose Sharks VS Vancouver Canucks
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Location: SAP Center: 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Hosted by: San Jose Sharks Hockey
Tuesday night, the San Jose Sharks faced longtime division rival the Vancouver Canucks. Since losing in the Stanley Cup Finals back in 2011 to the Boston Bruins, Vancouver has spun out of control, opting this year to ship off a lot of their older players and start the rebuilding process. They are well out of a playoff spot this season, but hope to be serious cup contender once again in the future.
The Canucks came into the game sixth in Pacific Division with 69 points, while the Sharks have lost ground and dropped to 3rd with 95 points. Vancouver has lost all four previous matchups against San Jose and looks to avoid a 5 game series sweep. This season Vancouver is 12-23-3 on the road, while San Jose continues to do well at the tank and now are 24-10-4 at home. The Sharks are just coming off of their worst 10 game performance of the year, losing all but two games, and look to heat up before heading into the playoffs. San Jose would still be without their top two centers Logan Couture, who missed his fifth game after taking a puck to the face, and Joe Thornton, who left the previous game early after an awkward collision left him in pain and unable to put weight on his left leg.
Injuries would not slow them down, however, as San Jose started the game of with a bang. Just 18 seconds into the game, Joe Pavelski (8) won a face off to Kevin Labanc (62) who jumped into the right circle from the right boards, gathered the puck as moved towards the slot, and then spun around and released a wrister short side, top shelf beating Canucks goalie Richard Bachman (32) to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Another 12 seconds later, Joonas Donskoi (27), dropped a pass back to Joel Ward (42) on top of the right circle where he one timed a rocket that rang off of the far post and in beating Bachman on his stick side and giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead just 30 seconds into the game. This would set a new franchise record for the 2 quickest goals to start a game, beating their old record of 47 seconds.
The Sharks took 3 penalties in the second period but were able to kill them all. There were plenty of great saves on both ends and some missed opportunities. With just over 4 minutes left in the period Nikolay Goldobin (82) received a perfect cross ice pass from Daniel Sedin (22) in the left circle, but one timed it high over the goal post. The period ended scoreless with the Sharks leading 2-0.
Just over 3 minutes in to the third period, Brock Boeser (6), made a pass from the left circle to Christopher Tanev (8) on top of the right circle, where he released a quick wrister that deflected off of Brendon Dillon (4) into the net cutting the Sharks’ lead to just 1 goal. This gave the Canucks another shot of energy and they outshot the Sharks 10-0 for the first 9 minutes of the period. But all that changed just past the half way mark of the period when Donskoi dropped a pass back to Brent Burns on the blue line where he fired a hard shot on net that Chris Tierney tipped home giving the Sharks a commanding 3-1 lead. The Sharks were able to build some momentum off of that and keep the Canucks at bay, finishing the game with a 3-1 victory.
The Sharks led in blocked shots (28-15) and takeaways (10-8), while the Canucks lead in shots (34-25), hits (18-14), and giveaways (17-12). Both teams were tied in the face-off dot at (50%).
Joonas Donskoi registered 2 assists tonight while Brent Burns registered his 200th assist as a Shark. Kevin Labanc started the scoring earning his 20th point this season while Joel ward scored the game winning goal, his 9th of the season. Chris Tierney scored his 10th goals of the season earning 5 points against the Canucks in the 5 games series this season. Martin Jones (31) earned his 35th win between the pipes, and is now tied with Evgeni Nabokov as the only two goalies with back to back 35 win seasons in franchise history.
San Jose continues their regular season Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers.
INDTVUSA Staff Writer