Kurz's Instant Replay: Sharks 3, Canucks 2

Kurz's Instant Replay: Sharks 3, Canucks 2
April 1, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Joe Thornton recorded his sixth goal of the season in the Sharks' 3-2 win Monday night. (AP)

BOX SCORE

SAN JOSE – Andrew Desjardins, Joe Thornton and Logan Couture scored three quick goals in succession in the second period and the Sharks held on to beat the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night at HP Pavilion, 3-2.

The win was San Jose’s fifth in a row, and it improved to 12-1-4 at home in what was the midpoint of a season-long seven-game homestand.

The Sharks recorded all of their goals just two minutes and 13 seconds apart in the second period to break it open.

Desjardins’ first of the season at 7:41 broke the scoreless tie. Scott Gomez threw the puck on net from inside the blue line, but bounced around in front before reaching goalie Cory Schneider. Desjardins controlled the loose puck and lifted it high over Schneider to give the Sharks’ fourth line a rare marker.

Just 41 seconds later, Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev turned the puck over in the defensive zone to Thornton. The Sharks captain threw it on net on a shot that should have been stopped by Schneider at 8:22, for Thornton’s first goal in 13 games.

Kevin Bieksa’s interference penalty gave the Sharks their second power play of the game, and they capitalized to increase their lead. Antti Niemi stopped Jannik Hansen on a shorthanded breakaway, and San Jose quickly got the puck up the ice. Patrick Marleau spotted Couture in front of the net, and his pass deflected off of Couture on his knees at 9:54 to make it 3-0.

The Canucks cut into the lead before the intermission, as Chris Higgins’ shot from the slot beat Niemi through the five-hole at 17:26. In the third period, Alex Burrows got position on Brad Stuart in front of the net to deposit the rebound of a Higgins wrist shot from high in the zone at 10:20, but that was as close as Vancouver would come.

The Sharks won all three games of the season series against Vancouver.

The Sharks had a dominant first period, but Vancouver escaped with a scoreless tie. Marty Havlat had a couple of open looks at the net within the first five minutes, while Marleau was alone with the puck in front of the net after Tommy Wingels drilled Kevin Bieksa behind the goal. Schneider, who was pulled in his last outing after allowing two goals on two shots in Edmonton, stopped all 14 shots directed his way.

Ryane Clowe was a healthy scratch, a strong indication that the Sharks are seriously considering trading the winger, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Special teams
The Sharks have been shorthanded a total of 13 seconds in the last two games, after not taking a minor penalty against Vancouver.

They finished 1-for-3 on the power play, and are 4-for-19 in the last seven games.

In goal
Niemi started for the 22nd time in the last 23 games, and made 23 saves. He's now 17-8-5.

Thomas Greiss was activated from injured reserve and served as Niemi’s backup, the first time he’s dressed since he was hurt in a game on March 6 in Calgary. Alex Stalock was reassigned to Worcester earlier on Monday.

Schneider, who had won six straight before losing in Edmonton on Saturday, made 32 saves on 35 Sharks shots.

Lineup
Rookie Matt Tennyson, a Minneapolis native who spent two years in the Jr. Sharks program, made his NHL debut and paired on defense with Brad Stuart. He recorded an assist on Thornton’s goal for his first point.

Brent Burns returned to forward after one game on defense, skating on the Thornton-Havlat line.

The Sharks announced earlier on Monday that center Michal Handzus was traded to Chicago for a 2013 fourth round pick.

Jason Demers missed his second straight game with a possible head injury.

Up next
The Sharks have three games remaining on their homestand. On Wednesday, the Minnesota Wild make their first of two appearances this month at HP Pavilion. The Flames are here on Friday, while Dallas closes it out with an afternoon tilt on Sunday. The Sharks begin a four-game road trip on April 9 in Columbus.