Sharks spoil Canucks' home opener
Roberto Luongo failed to impress Vancouver hockey fans Friday night in his first home game against the San Jose Sharks.
Luongo allowed six goals on 31 shots as the Sharks defeated the Canucks 6-4 at General Motors Place in Vancouver.
Since joining the Canucks in a blockbuster off-season trade that sent Todd Bertuzzi and Alex Auld to the Florida Panthers, Luongo has been a busy man between the pipes.
The 27-year-old netminder started all four games in a season-opening road trip, helping the Canucks to a 2-2 record and five out of a possible eight points.
But Luongo was far from stellar against the Sharks.
Curtis Brown scored the eventual game-winning goal just 1:23 into the third period.
With the Canucks on a 5-on-3 power play, Brown stepped out of the penalty box, got loose on a breakaway and beat Luongo for the short-handed goal.
Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund cut San Jose's lead to 5-4 more than eight minutes later with his first goal of the season.
However, Mike Grier iced the game with 8:15 remaining, giving the Sharks their fourth win of the year. San Jose rebounded from a tough defeat at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
Ryan Smyth scored his fifth-career hat trick in just over a two-minute span of the third period to lift the Oilers to a 6-4 victory the Sharks.
Brown led San Jose's attack with a goal and an assist, while Milan Michalec collected a pair of helpers.
Vancouver defenceman Kevin Bieksa scored a goal and two assists in the loss. Henrik Sedin also had a big night for the Canucks, registering three assists.
Patrick Marleau, Patrick Rissmiller, Ville Nieminen and Christian Ehrhoff also scored for the Sharks, who improved their record to 4-1-0.
Markus Naslund, Daniel Sedin and Mattias Ohlund were the other goal scorers for the Canucks, who are now 2-2-1.
Naslund's goal was his 300th as a Canuck. That ties him for the franchise lead with veteran Trevor Linden. For Bieksa, it was his first goal in his 44th career NHL game.
With files from the Canadian Press