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Instant Replay: Stalock, special teams strong in Sharks win

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Instant Replay: Stalock, special teams strong in Sharks win

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SAN JOSE –- Playing in their preseason home opener, the Sharks skated to a 3-1 win over a young Arizona roster on Friday night at SAP Center.

Brenden Dillon put the Sharks ahead early at 4:26 of the first period, when his floating wrist shot from high in the zone bounced off of goalie Anders Lindback and trickled over the line. 

A Joe Pavelski power play goal at 11:28 of the second period increased the lead to 2-0, when the Sharks’ leading goal scorer for the past two seasons tipped a Marc-Edouard Vlasic blast.

Arizona got on the board on a power play of its own in the final minute of the middle frame, when Antoine Vermette got his stick on a Gord Murphy point shot. It was the first regulation goal the Sharks allowed in the preseason, as they went nearly seven periods without allowing an opposition score.

San Jose restored its two-goal cushion on a power play goal by Joonas Donskoi, who continues to make a push for the opening night roster. The 23-year-old Finn went to the slot and found the rebound of a Dylan DeMelo shot at 14:29 to cap the scoring.

DeMelo and Joe Thornton each had two assists.

Alex Stalock was the final Sharks goalie to see game action, and was strong with 25 saves. The Sharks outshot the Coyotes for the game, 37-26.

San Jose improved to 2-0-1 in the preseason, with four games remaining to prepare for its Oct. 7 opener in Los Angeles.

The most notable player in the lineup for San Jose was forward Raffi Torres, who missed all of last season due to multiple right knee surgeries and infections. Playing for the first time in more than 17 months, the 33-year-old finished with one shot on goal in about 10 minutes of ice time, as well as a huge hit in the corner on Coyotes defenseman Nicklas Grossmann three minutes into the first period.

The teams played a 3-on-3 overtime, despite the final score after three periods, per league mandate. Ben Smith scored with 3.3 seconds on the clock, tipping in a Vlasic pass.

Special teams

The Sharks finished 2-for-4 on the power play, and killed off three of four Coyotes advantages.

In goal

Troy Grosenick, who started the preseason opener on Monday, backed up Stalock.

Louis Domingue replaced Lindback about halfway through the second period. Lindback allowed two of the three goals on 19 shots. 

Lineup

Here’s how the Sharks lined up for most of the game:

Joonas Donskoi – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski

Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels

Raffi Torres – Bryan Lerg – Mike Brown

Nikolay Goldobin – Ben Smith – Timo Meier

Marc-Edouard Vlaisc – Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon – Dylan DeMelo

Mirco Mueller – Matt Tennyson

Torres, Thornton, Pavelski and Vlasic all made their preseason debuts after skipping the two-game trip to British Columbia earlier in the week.

Notable players for Arizona included Vermette, and former first round picks Max Domi and Dylan Strome.

Up next

The Sharks remain at SAP Center on Saturday night, hosting Anaheim at 6 p.m., and close out the home portion of their preseason schedule vs. Vancouver on Tuesday.

Sharks lose in Vancouver for first time since 2012

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Sharks lose in Vancouver for first time since 2012

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Sam Gagner scored at 4:34 of overtime and the Vancouver Canucks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

Gagner beat Martin Jones with a nice backhand move on a breakaway for his fourth of the season after a feed from Alexander Edler. It was Gagner's first goal in nine games.

Markus Granlund scored twice and Brock Boeser also had a goal in regulation for Vancouver (15-14-4). Henrik Sedin and brother Daniel Sedin each added three assists. Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves.

Brent Burns scored two goals and Marcus Sorenson had one for San Jose (17-10-4). Martin Jones stopped 36 shots for the Sharks, who were playing their second game in two nights after Thursday's 3-2 road victory over the Calgary Flames.

San Jose had won 11 straight at Rogers Arena dating back to the Canucks' last victory on home ice over their Pacific Division rivals all the way back on Jan. 21, 2012. Vancouver was 0-9-2 over that stretch while getting outscored 41-14.

Leading 3-2 through 40 minutes, the Canucks nearly restored their two-goal lead four minutes into the third, but Jones stretched to make a great pad save on Thomas Vanek.

The Sharks mustered only one shot through the first 13 minutes of the final period, but got the equalizer with 5:49 left in regulation when Burns' point shot went off the skate of Canucks defenseman Alex Biega in front and beat Markstrom for his second of the night, sixth of the season and fifth in five games.

Coming off Wednesday's embarrassing 7-1 loss at home to Nashville, the Canucks stormed out of the gate against the Sharks and led 2-1 after the first period before Boeser stretched the lead to two.

The NHL's rookie scoring leader ripped a shot over Jones' shoulder on the power play at 11:56 of the second for his 17th, moments after slicing through the Sharks' defense and ringing a shot off the post.

San Jose got that one back with 1:44 left in the period when former Canucks forward Jannik Hansen started a sequence that ended with Sorenson netting his first past Markstrom.

Already minus five regulars, including two-thirds of their top line with Bo Horvat (broken foot) and Sven Baertschi (broken jaw) out long-term, the Canucks announced Friday morning that shutdown defenseman Christopher Tanev will miss two to three weeks with a groin strain.

Granlund, who came in with one goal in his last 12 games, opened the scoring 44 seconds in on the power play. Daniel Sedin redirected a slap pass in the slot from Henrik Sedin right to Granlund at the side of the net, and he beat Jones between the legs for his fifth.

Vancouver could have easily been up by two or three moments later as the Canucks led 10-0 in shots after just five minutes.

San Jose, which came in 7 for 21 on the power play over its last four games to climb from tied for 24th overall to tied for 11th, tested Markstrom five times on its first man-advantage opportunity before finally breaking through after Vancouver took another penalty.

The Sharks won an offensive-zone faceoff back to Burns, who snapped his fifth past Markstrom at 10:45.

Markstrom stopped San Jose's Chris Tierney on a short-handed breakaway later in the period before Granlund scored his second of the night seconds after the penalty expired. Daniel Sedin's initial shot fell at the top of the crease to Henrik Sedin, who tapped it over for Granlund to put into a wide-open net at 14:27.

NOTES: Canucks center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Erik Gudbranson remain sidelined with upper-body injuries. Vancouver is also without wing Derek Dorsett, who ended his playing career late last month due to spinal problems. ... San Jose forward Joel Ward got an assist on Burns' second goal of the night for his 300th career point in his 700th NHL game.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Monday night at Edmonton.

Canucks: Sunday at home against Calgary.

Check out this hilarious Sharks Christmas music video

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Check out this hilarious Sharks Christmas music video

Everyone knows the classic Christmas songs. Your family probably plays the same tunes year in and year out. 

It's time for the something fresh. 

The San Jose Sharks are here to bring some new flavor to Christmas spirit. On Friday, the team re-released the music video you all need to see, with their song "Holiday Sweater." Turn the volume up for this one.

Merry Christmas and good luck getting that jingle out of your head.