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Labanc lifts Sharks past Canucks


Labanc lifts Sharks past Canucks


SAN JOSE -- Kevin Labanc scored 1:53 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 on Thursday night.

Labanc also had three assists as the Sharks improved to 4-1-2 over their last seven games. Joe Thornton scored twice for San Jose and added an assist as he moved past Doug Gilmour for 18th place on the NHL list with 1,416 career points.

Labanc's fourth goal of the season came off an assist from Tomas Hertl.

The Canucks lost for the sixth time in seven games, with their lone win during that span against San Jose on Dec. 15.

Vancouver trailed 4-3 before Daniel Sedin scored at 2:09 of the third period to tie it. The Canucks rallied from a 3-1 deficit.

Jake Virtanen scored to bring Vancouver within a goal at 8:49 of the second, and Brock Boeser tied the game at 16:02.

Boeser's goal was his 19th of the season and eighth in 11 games.

Hertl scored for San Jose on a 5-on-3 power play with 1:04 left in the second to give the Sharks a 4-3 lead.

San Jose trailed 1-0 before Thornton tied Gilmour with a goal at 11:52 of the first period. The Sharks took a 2-1 lead at 5:20 of the second when Timo Meier scored his fifth goal.

Brendan Gaunce scored the game's first goal at 1:58 of the first period on a play Jake Virtanen started with a backhand pass to trailer Erik Gudbranson. He fired a shot that Gaunce redirected for his first goal of the season.

Late in the first period, defenseman Michael De Zotto saved a goal when he cleared a puck that got past goalie Jacob Markstrom inches from the net.

NOTES: Canucks D Ben Hutton was a healthy scratch. RW Nikolay Goldobin, a former Shark, also was scratched. . Sharks D Paul Martin had a setback in his recovery from ankle surgery. The injury isn't a recurrence of the same injury. Martin has been on injured reserve since Oct. 12. There is no timetable for his return. . C Logan Couture, out with a concussion he suffered against the Canucks last week, missed his second game. ... The Sharks recalled forwards Marcus Sorenson and Danny O'Regan from the AHL.


Canucks: Host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

Sharks: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

Sharks lose in Vancouver for first time since 2012


Sharks lose in Vancouver for first time since 2012


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.


Sharks: Monday night at Edmonton.

Canucks: Sunday at home against Calgary.

Instant Replay: Sharks' white-hot start enough to hold off Canucks

Instant Replay: Sharks' white-hot start enough to hold off Canucks


SAN JOSE – Without top two centers Joe Thornton and Logan Couture, both injured, the Sharks will need some of their depth players to start finding the score sheet more often.

Against the lowly Canucks on Tuesday night, that’s precisely what happened in a 3-1 Sharks win. Kevin Labanc, Joel Ward and Chris Tierney all found the net as San Jose remained in the running for home ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin next week.

The Sharks drew even with the Oilers for second place in the Pacific Division with 97 points, although Edmonton has a game in hand. The Sharks moved five points ahead of Calgary and cannot be caught by the Flames, who lost in Anaheim on Tuesday night.

The Sharks set a new franchise record for fastest two goals to start a game, as Labanc and Ward both scored in the first half-minute of regulation.

Labanc’s eighth goal, and first in 29 games, opened the scoring. He settled a loose puck in the offensive zone after a faceoff, spun around and whipped it past Richard Bachman just 18 seconds into the game.

Ward’s goal came just 12 seconds later, as he slapped home a bouncing puck from the top of the circle.

The Sharks’ two goals in 30 seconds to start a game bested their previous franchise record of 47 seconds, set on Oct. 22, 1998.

Instead of putting their foot on the Canucks’ throats, though, the Sharks allowed Vancouver to get back into the game. San Jose, which at one point held a 10-1 advantage on the shot clock, didn’t register a single shot on goal over the final 11:18 minutes of the first period.

In the second period former Sharks prospect Nikolay Goldobin had two glorious chances to score, but missed what looked to be a gaping net on both.

Defenseman Chris Tanev finally got one back for the Canucks in the third period. His wrist shot through traffic beat Martin Jones at 3:30 cut the Sharks’ lead in half at 2-1, and Vancouver continued to press immediately afterwards.

But Tierney managed to redirect a Brent Burns wrist shot at 9:18, and the Sharks were never in much danger after that.

San Jose swept the home-and-home with Vancouver, as well as the five-game season series, all in regulation. The Canucks dropped their fifth straight.

Special teams

The Sharks had just one power play, and did not register a shot. The new top unit featured Burns, Labanc, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Mikkel Boedker. San Jose is 0-for-8 power play over its last four games.

Vancouver was 0-for-3, and just 1-for-11 in the five games of the season series.

In goal

Making his sixth straight start, Jones finished with 33 saves. He’s 6-1-0 in his career against the Canucks.

Bachman was playing in just his fourth game of the season, and allowed three goals on 25 shots in falling to 2-2-0.


Timo Meier returned to the Sharks lineup after he sat out Sunday.

Tierney was playing in his 200th career NHL game. He had five points (3g, 2a) in five games against Vancouver this season.

Up next

The Sharks close out their season series with Edmonton on Thursday. The teams have split the first four games, with San Jose capturing the first two and the Oilers the two most recent, including 3-2 on March 30 at Rogers Place.

Calgary visits SAP Center on Saturday in the regular season finale.