Canucks fall to Sharks despite snapping 3-game goal drought
Vancouver drops 6th straight since Boeser injury
Timo Meier's second goal of the night snapped a 3-3 tie as the San Jose Sharks won their fourth consecutive game with a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks Saturday.
Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc both had a goal and an assist for San Jose (40-23-9). Tomas Hertl scored into an empty net with 25 seconds remaining. The Sharks, who are 7-2-0 in their nine games, are second in the Pacific Division, five points ahead of L.A.
Nikolay Goldobin, Alex Edler and Bo Horvat scored power-play goals for Vancouver (25-38-9). Sam Gagner had two assists for the Canucks, who lost their sixth consecutive game — their longest losing streak of the season.
Goldobin's goal at 10:48 of the first period snapped a scoreless streak of 222 minutes, 57 minutes for the Canucks, who had been shutout in three consecutive losses.
Canucks find PP magic
The Sharks had allowed just two power-play goals against in their previous 17 games but gave up three against Vancouver. The only other time San Jose allowed three power-play goals in a game was in an opening-night loss to Philadelphia.
Aaron Dell, making is first start since Feb. 22, made 28 saves for the Sharks. Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots.
Meier put the Sharks ahead at 6:07 of the third with a shot from the face-off circle that went under Markstrom's blocker. The Canucks came close with just over six minutes left but Hertl scooped a loose puck off the goal line.
Vancouver scored twice with the man-advantage in the second period to tie the game 3-3.
The Sharks took a 3-1 lead just 1:47 into the period when Meier tipped in Brenden Dillion's shot from the point.
Horvat finds back of net
Horvat started the Vancouver comeback, scoring just six seconds into a Canucks power play. Dell stopped Gagner's slapshot but Horvat jammed home the rebound. Edler tied the game with a blast from the point at 11:48. It was his first power-play goal in 88 games stretching back to Feb. 17, 2017.
The Sharks scored 1:10 apart in the first period to erase a 1-0 Canucks lead.
Goldobin opened the scoring when he took a pass from defenceman Derrick Pouilot and snapped a shot from the face-off circle that sailed over Dell's shoulder. The San Jose goalie was screened by Jake Virtanen.
Labanc tied the game on a power play at 14:48. Joe Pavelski's shot was stopped by Markstrom, but he managed to get his own rebound and passed it to Labanc at the side of the net.
The Sharks went ahead on Couture's 29th of the season at 16:08. He took a feed from Hertl, fought off a Virtanen check, and chipped the puck past Markstrom.