Sharks Beat Canucks 3-1, Set Up Showdown for Home Ice With Oilers Thursday

April 4, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks center Chris Tierney (50) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE–Blink and you might have missed two-thirds of the San Jose Sharks goals Tuesday night at SAP Center. San Jose beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks 3-1, scoring twice in the opening 30 seconds for the win and a franchise record for fastest two goals.

Kevin Labanc, Joel Ward and Chris Tierney scored for San Jose, while Joonas Donskoi picked up a pair of assists. Martin Jones was stellar in net, making 33 saves in the Sharks’ first game without Joe Thornton. Thornton was injured in the Sharks last game, a win in Vancouver against the same Canucks.

Labanc opened the scoring 18 seconds in by beating Richard Bachmann in Vancouver’s net on a spin-around shot after Joe Pavelski tied up the puck on the faceoff. Ward added another goal just 12 seconds later, his 9th of the year.

Vancouver pulled within a goal early in the third period after defenseman Christopher Tanev finally beat Jones for his 2nd goal of the season 3:30 into the third. San Jose would answer back with another goal from a depth player, with Chris Tierney tipping a Brent Burns point shot for his 10th goal of the year almost halfway through the third period.

By virtue of the Kings beating the Oilers Tuesday, the Sharks hopes for home ice in the opening round remain intact. The Sharks appear to be on a collision course with the Edmonton Oilers, the team tied with them in the standings with 97 points. The two teams meet Thursday night at SAP with a chance for one team or the other to create some distance.

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