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By Pearl Allison Lo
San Jose had a 12-0-1 record versus Vancouver, but the Canucks were able to treat their fans in the home finale with a 4-2 win at Rogers Arena Tuesday.
After a scoreless second period, former Los Angeles Kings player Tanner Pearson had the first goal in the period again. With 8:42 to go, the score was initially waved off with a whistle, but was subsequently overturned. Pete DeBoer then followed the call up with a challenge for goalie interference, but the referee’s decision stood.
One goal later, the Sharks had a 6-4 power play in the final five minutes of the period for the third time, but it was the first time they were down during it. The scenario went quite the opposite way, as Troy Stecher scored at 18:30, shortly after goalie Martin Jones vacated his post.
San Jose fell behind early after Pearson scored at 1:28 of the first.
Kevin Labanc though, was able to tie the game at 5:09. It was his second goal in two games and marked a six-game point streak
Then Joe Pavelski made a triumphant return, after missing a week’s worth of games which spanned over two weeks. He replied, “felt good to be back with the guys and the game.”
After being stuffed on the left side, he passed behind the net to Joe Thornton, who passed to Tomas Hertl and back to Pavelski, who scored the go-ahead goal on the man advantage at 10:47. Hertl continued a a five-game point streak and Thornton earned his second straight assist, matching him on the all-time assist list with Steve Yzerman (8th place). Thornton commented, “That’s the reason I wear #19. It’s pretty cool.”
San Jose outshot Vancouver 12-6.
In the second, Stecher passed up ice to Loui Eriksson, where Jones robbed him up close.
The Sharks’ Jacob Middleton earned his first NHL penalty, when he was called for tripping at 5:03. It was Middleton’s second game. He last played January 5.
With under five minutes to go in the middle period, Jones went post to post to block Brock Boeser.
San Jose’s Micheal Haley blocked Luke Schenn’s shot with his hand during the opening five minutes of the third and headed to the locker room.
Markus Grandland scored the game-winner at 13:30 off a deflection.
The Sharks had 35 shots on net after just 15 versus the Calgary Flames. San Jose has now killed ten straight penalties.
Despite the turn of events in the game, Thornton expressed optimism, “We got two kind of practice shots at this again and then the real season starts.”
Up Next: The Sharks finish their road regular season against the Edmonton Oilers Thursday at 6 pm.