SAN JOSE — Logan Couture and Chris Tierney each scored twice to help the San Jose Sharks keep up their dominance over the Vancouver Canucks with a 5-0 victory Saturday night.
Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist, and Aaron Dell stopped 41 shots for his second career shutout as San Jose won for the fifth time in six games. The Sharks swept all five games of last year's series from the Canucks and picked up where they left off.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 of 29 shots for Vancouver, which has lost three of four.
For the second game in a row, the Sharks scored within the first minute. Hertl had a shot by Justin Braun glance off his skate and into the net off Markstrom's pads. He has seven points in his last six games against Vancouver.
Unlike the last game, when the Sharks were shut out the rest of the way, Couture added a goal late in the second period. Hertl won the puck along the board during a Canucks power play and floated a pass to the streaking Couture, who beat Markstrom 1-on-1 for the Sharks' first short-handed goal of the season.
Dell delivered a highlight-reel save with just over five minutes remaining. The Sharks turned the puck over in their own zone, with the Canucks getting two clear shots before Dell's glove save kept the puck out of the net.
Couture and Tierney added empty-net goals in the final two minutes, and Tierney converted his first penalty try in three attempts with 12.2 seconds left.
NOTES: Canucks F Loui Eriksson returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with a knee injury. ... Sharks C Melker Karlsson played in his 200th NHL game. ... Hertl recorded a multiple-point game for just the second time. ... Couture ended a five-game goalless streak. ... The Canucks killed off four penalties after allowing five power-play goals in their previous 10 chances. ... The Sharks allowed a season-high in shots.
Canucks: At Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Sharks: At Los Angeles on Sunday.
San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has never been one to shy away from a trade. Reportedly, he’s already looking to move three players 10 games into the season.
Wilson’s been “trying to deal” two of the team’s most recent free agent signings: Winger Mikkel Boedker, and defenseman Paul Martin, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch. Center Chris Tierney is also on the trade block, according to Garrioch.
Boedker signed a four-year, $16 million contract with San Jose last summer, but has been a disappointment since. He scored 26 points in 81 games, his worst per-game scoring output since 2011-12. The Danish forward carries a $4 million cap hit, but is only owed $3.8 million in salary this season, and $3 million the next two.
Martin’s been a reliable partner in Brent Burns’ ascent to the league’s elite, but will turn 37 this season. He’s currently on injured reserve due to an ankle injury stemming from offseason surgery.
In his absence, rookie defenseman Joakim Ryan has filled in, and played well in the process. Martin is signed for the next two seasons at a cap hit of $4.85 million, and his contract carries a modified no-trade clause. As a result, Martin can’t be traded to any of the teams on his six-team list.
Tierney’s signed for the shortest time and the lowest cap hit of the trio, and is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. The 23-year-old set career-highs in goals (11), points (23), and games played (80) last season, and is currently the team’s third-line center after Tomas Hertl’s move back to the wing.
The Canadian center is receiving “mild interest” from teams around the league, according to Garrioch.
SAN JOSE -- Timo Meier scored late in the second period, lifting the San Jose Sharks over Jason Pominville and the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Thursday night.
Pominville scored twice for the Sabres, who dropped to 0-2-1 to begin coach Phil Housley's first season.
Martin Jones made 23 saves in San Jose's first victory this season, holding strong after Meier's tiebreaking goal at 14:30 of the second. Meier knocked in a far-side shot for his first goal of the season.
San Jose's Tomas Hertl opened the scoring during a power play at 2:15 of the first. Hertl flicked his first of the year past goalie Robin Lehner.
After Pominville tied it, Chris Tierney scored with 4:49 left in the first period, poking in a shot between Lehner and the right post off a behind-the-back pass from Joonas Donskoi.
Pominville scored his second goal at 6:50 of the second, burying one at the end of a 2-on-1 break with Jack Eichel.
The Sabres blew a great scoring chance midway through second in a 2-2 game, failing to capitalize on overlapping tripping penalties on Justin Braun and Brent Burns that left them with a 5-on-3 advantage for 47 seconds.
Going into Thursday, the Sabres were 8-1-1 in their last 10 games against the Sharks. Buffalo is 24-8-6 all-time against San Jose.
NOTES: Lehner had 23 saves. ... Sabres F Evander Kane played in his 500th career game. ... The Sharks placed D Paul Martin on injured reserved (ankle) and called up D Joakim Ryan from the San Jose Barracuda. Ryan made his NHL debut.
Sabres: At the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Sharks: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday night.