San Jose Sharks center Chris Tierney (50) fails to get a shot past Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller (30) as Canucks center Henrik Sedin (33) and center Brandon Sutter (20) watch during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
By Barbara Mason
The San Jose Sharks now have 60 games under their belt with 22 left in the 2017 season before they head into the playoffs as they beat the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Centre 4-1 in Vancouver. Saturday night they took on the Vancouver Canucks their first game after the bye week they are just coming off of. It should prove to be an interesting game considering what has transpired in the Vancouver locker room this week. Five of the regulars on this Canuck team are suffering with the mumps or symptoms of the mumps. While hovering near the bottom of the division, Vancouver is still a dangerous team although there will be some new faces on the ice tonight for the Canucks. The two questions in this game will be; how will San Jose respond after the break and secondly how will the Canucks fare without five of their regulars able to play.
The first period ended with neither team able to score. The Canucks had some nice opportunities but the Sharks goalie Martin Jones denied them every time. It took the Sharks a few shifts to get back to speed after the layoff but mid-way through the period they began to build up some momentum.
At 3:31 in the second period San Jose was able to score off the stick of Tomas Hertl, his seventh goal of the season. He was assisted by Joel Ward and Chris Tierney to take the 1-0 lead. At 12:02 the Canucks Daniel Sedin tied up the game scoring his 13th goal of the season. With less than one minute left in the period Patrick Marleau scored his 503rd career goal to take back the lead 2-1. He was assisted by Chris Tierney and David Schlemko. Vancouver has been a great destination for Marleau since this is where he celebrated his 500th career goal. It would be on to the third period with Joe Thornton two assists away from the thousand mark.
Mid-way through the 3rd period San Jose’s Mikkel Boedker scored his 7th goal of the season unassisted to extend their lead 3-1. The Sharks were getting better as the night grew longer. Total domination by San Jose was evident when at 14:20 Logan Couture scored his 20th goal of the season. He was assisted by Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski. It was a slow start for both teams but San Jose was finally able to take advantage of the depleted Canucks squad.
“We can get better. After the first ten minutes we began to get going. In the second and third period we finally got going. We are hungry, hungry to win, and hungry to get points,” said Chris Tierney after the game.
San Jose will next take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Fat Tuesday back home at SAP. The puck will drop at 7:30.