Instant Replay: Strong second period propels Sharks to win over Canucks

Instant Replay: Strong second period propels Sharks to win over Canucks


SAN JOSE – The home team finally prevailed in a Sharks-Canucks game.

Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, and Aaron Dell recorded the win in net in his first start after keeping his job past the trade deadline in a 3-1 Sharks win at SAP Center on Thursday.

The road team had won the previous 15 games between the two clubs, an NHL record. Vancouver’s six-game winning streak in San Jose was snapped, while the Sharks still have a nine-game winning streak at Rogers Arena.

The Sharks were on their heels early and gave up a first period power play goal to Bo Horvat, but steadily improved in winning fairly handily.

Mikkel Boedker tied it at 15:45 of the first. After a nifty keep at the blue line by Paul Martin, Couture slid the puck to his linemate and Boedker found the top corner for his second score in three games.

Rookie Marcus Sorensen gave San Jose its first lead midway through the second, capping off a brilliant shift by taking a feed from Tomas Hertl and squeezing it through off of Ryan Miller’s blocker side at 9:28.

Sorensen, playing in his fourth career NHL game, was promoted to the third line to start the game after his strong performance against Toronto on Tuesday.

Couture’s 21st goal on a wrist shot from the circle at 13:49 put the Sharks up 3-1. Marleau managed to get his blade on a loose puck in pushing it over to Couture to earn the primary assist.

The Sharks improved to 5-0-3 in their last eight games, increasing their lead in the division to seven points over second place Edmonton, which was idle.

Vancouver is 1-5-1 in its last seven, and has lost all three games of the season series with San Jose in regulation.

Neither Jannik Hansen nor Nikolay Goldobin played in the game, after they were swapped for one another in a trade on Tuesday. Hansen may not be available to play until next week, when the Sharks host the Washington Capitals on March 9.

The Sharks and Canucks meet in a home-and-home on April 2-4 to conclude the five-game season series.

Special teams

Chris Tierney failed on a shorthanded penalty shot at 18:02 of the first period, when it was still a 1-1 game. San Jose is just 1-for-6 on penalty shots this season.

Micheal Haley earned his 10th fighting major of the season, dropping the gloves with Joseph Cramarossa in the first period and sending his opponent to the dressing room with a hard left jab to the jaw.

San Jose was 0-for-2 on the power play, and 2-for-17 in its last seven games. Vancouver was 1-for-3.

In goal

Dell improved to 8-3-1 on the season, and has allowed two or fewer goals in eight of his 11 starts this season. He saw just 18 shots, stopping all but one.

Miller fell to 16-18-4, with three goals allowed on 32 shots. He has been in net for all three Vancouver losses to San Jose this season. 


David Schlemko left the game after the first period and did not return, forcing the Sharks to play with five defenseman for the majority of the evening.

Joonas Donskoi did not play, although he’s getting close to a return from an upper body injury that has kept him out for more than a month.

Up next

The Sharks will visit the Western Conference’s top team, the Minnesota Wild, on Sunday in St. Paul. The Wild won the first meeting in San Jose on Jan. 5, 5-4.

San Jose visits Winnipeg in the second of a back-to-back on Monday.

The anatomy of Jannik Hansen's recently-broken scoring drought after nearly one year


The anatomy of Jannik Hansen's recently-broken scoring drought after nearly one year

Jannik Hansen's game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday marked the first time he scored in 355 days. 

Hansen last scored on Mar. 30, 2017 against the Edmonton Oilers, his second goal with the Sharks following an in-season trade. His scoring drought, in all, lasted 44 regular season games, 50 if you include the postseason. 

How exactly does a goal-scoring drought last nearly a year? The right (wrong?) circumstances all need to come together, and that was certainly the case for Hansen for much of the last year.

For one, the Danish forward was in and out of the lineup. San Jose played 83 regular season and postseason games between Hansen's second and third goals, and he did not play in 33 of those games. Plenty of players have had rough 50-game stretches, and that's often without not playing for weeks at a time, as Hansen has done a couple of times this season. 

When Hansen did draw into the lineup this year, however, he wasn't generating offense at the same rate he had in the past. This season, Hansen's five-on-five shot rate (6.19 shots per 60 minutes), shot attempt rate (10.53 individual corsi per 60), and unblocked shot attempt rate (8.95 individual fenwick per 60) were all down from his career averages, according to Corsica Hockey. 

That decline is natural, considering Hansen turned 32 just six days ago. Those rates were not down enough, however, to expect him to fail to score in his first 39 appearances this season. Naturally, a long run of bad luck played a big role in Hansen's dry spell.

Hansen went 0-for-66 in shots over the 50 consecutive regular season and playoff games in which he did not score. He's a career 11-percent shooter, and had he shot at his career average, he would have scored seven goals during that time. That feels about right for a bottom-six forward. 

In many ways, all of these factors fed into one another. Hansen wasn't generating shots or scoring, then was scratched, then couldn't find the back of the net when he returned and was scratched again. All the while, fellow fourth-liners Marcus Sorensen (26.7 percent shooting percentage this season), Joel Ward (14.3 percent) and Barclay Goodrow (13.2 percent) were converting on their chances, forcing Peter DeBoer's hand. 

His possession play has been solid all season (50.74 percent corsi-for, per Natural Stat Trick), but the offense hasn't followed. When it does, as was the case Tuesday night, he can be an effective fourth-line forward, and the goal on Tuesday bought him more time to prove it. 

Sharks blow out Devils for season-high fifth straight win

Sharks blow out Devils for season-high fifth straight win


SAN JOSE -- Jannik Hansen scored his first goal of the season and fellow fourth-liners Eric Fehr and Barclay Goodrow also scored to help the San Jose Sharks win their season-high fifth straight game, 6-2 over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Logan Couture added his 30th goal of the season, and Joe Pavelski and Mikkel Boedker also scored to give the Sharks a four-point lead over third-place Los Angeles in the Pacific Division with one game in hand.

Brent Burns added three assists and Martin Jones made 26 saves.

The scoring barrage by San Jose spoiled Cory Schneider's return to net for the Devils. Schneider allowed four goals on 14 shots before getting pulled midway through the second period of his first start since March 8. Schneider has lost 11 starts in a row since his last win for the Devils on Dec. 27.

Taylor Hall scored his 32nd goal of the season and Blake Coleman also scored for the Devils, who lead Florida by just one point in the race for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers have two games in hand.

After Hansen and Fehr scored in the first period, Goodrow chipped one in midway through the second period on a surprising night of scoring from the fourth line when he beat Schneider on a 2-on-1.

Couture then scored 40 seconds later on San Jose's first shot against Keith Kinkaid for his third career 30-goal season. Boedker added San Jose's second power-play goal of the night late in the second and the rout was on.

The Sharks got off to a fast start in their first game back from a 3-0 Canadian road trip, scoring three goals in the first period and killing 1:20 of a two-man advantage for New Jersey.

The teams traded goals to start with Fehr beating Schneider over the shoulder from a bad angle and Hall answering when he stole a bouncing puck from Justin Braunand beat Jones with a quick shot.

San Jose then scored twice in a span of less than three minutes to take the lead. Pavelski tipped in a shot from Kevin Labanc on the power play to give the Sharks the lead.

Then after Jones denied Damon Severson from in close at one end, Dylan DeMelo sent a long pass that Hansen chased down and then beat Schneider on a breakaway for his first goal since March 30, 2017.

NOTES: DeMelo has 10 assists this month. ... San Jose D Brenden Dillon has a five-game point streak. ... Devils F Miles Wood (upper body) was scratched and Jesper Bratt played in his place.


Devils: Visit Pittsburgh on Friday.

Sharks: Host Vegas on Thursday.