Sharks start 2013-14 right
Marc-Edouard Vlasic and the Sharks began their 2013-14 season with a 4-1 home win against the Vancouver Canucks in the newly-renamed SAP Center on Thursday, Oct. 3.
It's been a strong Vancouver-San Jose rivalry since the two teams squared off in the 2010-11 Western Conference Finals. The Canucks ousted the Sharks in overtime of Game 5 after Ryan Kesler scored the game-tying goal -- following a funky bounce off the glass -- with 18.3 seconds in the third period.
In an early hole
The Canucks tallied the game's first goal, scoring on a first period power play when the Sedin twins combined to set up a blast from defenseman Jason Garrison.
Burns lights lamp
Brent Burns scored the Sharks' first goal of the season, netting his shot high over Roberto Luongo's left shoulder to knot the game at one. Rookie Tomas Hertl and captain Joe Thornton recorded assists. It was Hertl's first NHL point.
Braun gets game-winner
Justin Braun scored what would be the game-winning goal with less than two minutes to play in the second period. It was Braun's first goal in 86 combined regular season and playoff games.
Patrick Marleau tallied his first goal of the season, adding a key insurance goal in the third period to make it 3-1. Logan Couture made it happen with a clean strip-job and deft across-ice pass, leaving the longest-tenured Shark with open net.
Icing on the cake
The Sharks blew it open with a fourth goal just 18 seconds later when Tommy Wingels and Andrew Desjardins paired up to finish a two-on-none against Roberto Luongo.
Mind the net
Antti Niemi saved 21 of the 22 shots he faced to advance to 1-0-0 on the season.
Killing 'em off
The Canucks scored on their first power play of the night, but the Sharks' defense stepped up, killing off the remaining five Vancouver advantages.
No. 1 star
Logan Couture was the only Sharks player with multiple points, tallying two assists to earn the No. 1 star of the game.