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McGinn labeled 'Canuck hunter' by Vancouver newspaper

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McGinn labeled 'Canuck hunter' by Vancouver newspaper

SAN JOSE Another one of the Vancouver Canucks is hurting following a collision with the Sharks Jamie McGinn.

McGinn hit Alexander Edler with a clean shoulder late in the second period of San Joses 3-2 loss to the Canucks on Saturday night at HP Pavilion. Edler left the game with what looked like an injured shoulder.

McGinn was already not a favorite in Vancouver, after hurting Canucks defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Aaron Rome in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals last May, causing them both to miss the remainder of that series. That may be why the Vancouver Sun labeled him as a Canuck hunter in its Sunday edition.

The Suns Iain Macintyre writes:
Edler was hit hard shoulder-to-shoulder by Jamie McGinn in a race to the puck near the corner.Edler dropped his stick, skated immediately to the bench and was hunched over in obvious discomfort in the final minute of the second period. He did not return for the third period.Just got a big hit there at the end of the second period, Vigneault said. Upper body, and he'll be re-evaluated tomorrow.

There was nothing dirty about the hit, which McGinn talked about after Sharks practice on Sunday.

Im just finishing my checks. I never want anyone to get hurt, and I try and play a real clean game, he said. I think it was one of those ones where were both just running into each other. I didnt realize he was hurt after; I just kind of kept going. Its never a good thing when someone goes out to injury, but thats just the way I play. I just try and play hard-nosed.

McGinn sensed a carryover effect from the playoffs, as the teams were meeting for the first time since the Canucks ended the Sharks season.

It kind of continued on from playoffs. It was a physical game and a high-paced game. We knew we were going to get their best, and they played real well. I thought we were really solid. We fixed up some things we wanted to fix. The outcome wasnt what we wanted, but the good thing is its a long season and we get to hop right back on it Monday in Los Angeles and continue to do the right things again.

Edler is Vancouvers leading scorer on defense with three goals and 13 assists for 16 points.

Luongo picks up a career first in Panthers win over Sharks

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Luongo picks up a career first in Panthers win over Sharks

BOX SCORE

SAN JOSE — Roberto Luongo made 35 saves for his 74th career shutout and the Florida Panthers blanked the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Thursday night on goals by Colton Sceviour and Nick Bjugstad.

Florida coach Bob Boughner won in his return to San Jose. He served as an assistant coach for the Sharks the last two years.

Luongo earned his first shutout of the season and first in 32 games against San Jose.

Martin Jones was nearly as good for the Sharks. He stopped 26 shots, but that wasn't enough to keep the Panthers from winning for the seventh time in their last eight trips to San Jose.

Sharks defenseman Tim Heed had a goal disallowed on a coach's challenge a little less than five minutes into the second period. Replays showed he came into contact with the puck just behind the blue line, making the play offside.

San Jose had another goal overturned after a replay review. Brent Burns took a hard shot that Luongo nearly caught but couldn't handle and it bounced along his pads. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was one of three Sharks trying to poke at the puck and he used his stick to push both the puck and Luongo's pad into the net.

Sceviour scored a minute into the second after digging out the puck along the boards behind the net. He skated around the cage and poked a shot that hit Jones' pads. He took a second shot that got over the goalie's pads and went in.

Sceviour has four points in six games since returning from injury. He had two points in his first six games this season.

The Panthers, who have won three of four, added an insurance goal with less than eight minutes remaining. Radim Vrbata intercepted a pass in the Sharks zone and played it to Jamie McGinn, who got Jones to commit before dishing to Bjugstad for the score.

NOTES: Panthers C Michael Haley received a warm ovation from Sharks fans. He played in San Jose the last couple of years. ... Sharks D Paul Martin missed his 15th game with a lower-body injury, though he has been skating pain-free for the past two weeks. ... Florida center Vincent Trocheck has 12 points in his last 10 games. ... The Sharks have not scored on their past 15 power plays.

UP NEXT

Panthers: At the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Sharks: Host the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne was the ultimate Sharks villain

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Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne was the ultimate Sharks villain

There are already a handful of Hockey Hall of Famers that had the Sharks’ number during their illustrious careers.

Ed Belfour followed up a forgettable teal tenure with two playoff series wins in two tries against San Jose, while Nicklas Lidstrom was classily dominant. Mike Modano scored his milestone 500th goal at what is now SAP Center, and Chris Pronger was loudly booed in every visit to San Jose.

None compare to Teemu Selanne, who joined them with his induction into the Hall of Fame on Monday night.

He mentioned the Sharks in his speech for all of 13 seconds, mentioning that he “had a chance to play with great players: Patrick Marleau, Owen Nolan, and many others.”

It was a forgettable, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment on an otherwise unforgettable night, and thus a neat encapsulation of his two-plus years in San Jose.

Somehow, his Sharks stint was even more infamous than Belfour’s. He was traded to San Jose for fan favorite Jeff Friesen in 2001, and was productive: 64 goals in 176 games are nothing to sneeze at.

Selanne cemented himself as a goat, rather than the G.O.A.T, with his lack of production in the postseason. 10 points in 18 playoff games wasn’t enough to get San Jose out of the second round.

His wraparound miss in a game 7 loss to Colorado in 2002 is etched into the memories of Sharks fans, as one of many missed opportunities for a franchise so often defined by misfortune.

Pronger likely would empathize with how frequently boo-birds flew upon Selanne’s subsequent returns to San Jose. Selanne was an all-time great that wasn’t especially great when he played for the Sharks, and the SAP Center crowd reacted accordingly.

It didn’t help that he was great against the Sharks.

No player in NHL history has scored more goals or points against the Sharks than the Finnish Flash.  His 99 points are 24 clear of the next closest player, fellow Hall of Famer Joe Sakic.

Only 27 of those points came after he left San Jose, but he added two more in the Ducks’ first round upset over the President’s Trophy-winning Sharks in 2009. Seeing Selanne skate with the Stanley Cup over his head in an Anaheim jersey only added insult to injury.

So Selanne not only stands above most of his peers in the Hall of Fame, but the rest of them as well, as the ultimate Sharks villain. Not because of anything he did after the whistle or said off of the ice, of course.

No, Selanne earned that status because of the points he scored against the Sharks, and the ones he didn’t for them.