Sorensen's first NHL goal helps Sharks top Canucks
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[March 03, 2017]
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Marcus
Sorensen didn't see his first career goal go into the net, but he
knew something good happened when he saw teammate Tomas Hertl
Sorensen and two other Sharks skaters scored, and backup goalie
Aaron Dell made 17 saves during San Jose's 3-1 win over the
Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.
"That was a dream," Sorensen said. "It was a great shift by our
line, and I was just trying to crash the net. I felt great today,
good last game, too."
First-place San Jose opened a seven-point lead in the Pacific
Division over the idle Edmonton Oilers by winning for the third game
in a row and for the fourth time in five games.
The victory at SAP Center also snapped an oddity when the Sharks and
Canucks play: It marked the first time in 16 meetings the home team
won. Vancouver, losers of four straight and five of six, had won six
straight at San Jose.
"Our start was pretty good, but our second and third weren't good
enough," said Bo Horvat, Vancouver's lone goal-scorer. "The second
period we just came out flat."
The Sharks broke the game open in the middle period.
Sorensen cashed in at 9:28 after displaying all kinds of skill along
the way. San Jose's rookie left winger blocked a shot to start the
sequence, then knocked down and controlled the puck twice in the
offensive zone before kicking a Hertl feed to his stick and sliding
it past Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller at the near post.
"He did a lot of good stuff, got rewarded with the goal, and he
deserved it," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said of Sorensen, who
appeared in only his fourth NHL game. "He's making a case to stick
The Sharks continued to pressure, and Logan Couture cashed in for
his 21st goal as his line continued to give the Canucks fits.
Patrick Marleau outbattled two Canucks to make a nice touch pass to
Couture, who used Vancouver defenseman Luca Sbisa as a screen to
beat Miller at 13:49.
"That second period was a good period for us," Sharks captain Joe
Pavelski said. "We spent a lot of time in the offensive zone. You
feel that momentum."
Meanwhile, the Canucks just couldn't generate anything in the middle
"Second period, we were terrible, and that cost us the game,"
Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev said. "We didn't battle hard
enough. We were in our end the whole second period."
Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins added, "They were hard on the puck
in the second period. I thought they won all the battles. They got
to the puck first. That put us in a bad spot."
Mikkel Boedker's second goal in three games, which followed a
19-game drought, enabled the Sharks to escape the first period in a
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Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy
Stecher (51) vie for possession in the first period at SAP Center at
San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Boedker scored his eighth of the season with a wrist
shot from the bottom of the right circle that clipped the top of
Miller's goal stick on the way in at 15:45. Couture make a nice play
to keep control of the puck with his skates to feed Boedker after
defenseman San Jose Paul Martin held the puck in at the line.
Vancouver broke on top. Despite being ranked 28th in the league on
the power play, the Canucks converted on the man advantage at 7:38
as Horvat got inside position in the crease to redirect Ben Hutton's
pass through Dell's legs for his 19th goal of the season.
Chris Tierney was denied on a penalty shot at 18:02 of the first
after Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler hooked the San Jose
penalty-killing forward from behind. Tierney stole the puck from
Daniel Sedin to set up the play that led to the penalty shot.
"Thought we fought it a little bit in the first period, but we got
better as the game went along," DeBoer said.
NOTES: San Jose C Joe Thornton remains stuck on 999 career assists.
... C Michael Chaput, LW Sven Baertschi and D Christopher Tanev all
returned to the Canucks' lineup. Chaput and Tanev were out two games
with the mumps, and Baertschi missed nine games due to a concussion.
... LW Jannik Hansen, acquired by San Jose from Vancouver at the
trade deadline, did not make his Sharks debut as he continues to
work through immigration issues. It was for the same reason that LW
Nikolay Goldobin, dealt from San Jose to Vancouver in the Hansen
swap, did not play for the Canucks. He is expected to debut on
Saturday against the Kings. ... C Joseph Cramarossa played his first
game for the Canucks after getting dealt from Anaheim. Cramarossa
fought San Jose's Micheal Haley late in the first period and retired
to the locker room for repairs before returning for the rest of the
game. ... F Nikita Tryamkin remained in Vancouver due to showing
symptoms of the mumps. ... San Jose next plays at Minnesota on
Sunday. ... San Jose went to five defensemen at the start of the
second period as D David Schlemko sustained an unspecified injury
late in the first.
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