Unbeaten Sharks edge Canucks
Tommy Wingels scored two goals as the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in NHL pre-season action Sunday night.
Wingels, a 23-year-old Evanston, Ill., native, is a second-year pro who spent most of his first season with Worcester of the American Hockey League. He was a Sharks' sixth-round draft pick in 2008 and spent three seasons at the University of Ohio at Miami.
Owen Nolan's bid to crack the Vancouver Canucks' roster has fallen short.
Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis announced on Sunday the veteran forward was among four players who won't be with the team for the start of the regular season.
Along with Nolan, forward Niko Dimitrakos was released, while goaltender Matt Climie and forward Antoine Roussel have been assigned to the AHL's Chicago Wolves.
— Rod Perry, CBCSports.ca
San Jose remained unbeaten after four pre-season games while the Canucks fell to 2-3.
Brad Winchester, who is on a tryout, and Andrew Desjardins also scored for San Jose.
Alexander Sulzer, Cody Hodgson and Nolan Baumgartner replied for the Canucks.
The Sharks outshot the Canucks 34-29. San Jose was blanked on three power-play opportunities while Vancouver converted one of nine.
The Sharks' lineup comprised mainly veterans while the Canucks went mostly with minor-leaguers and prospects for the second straight night.
San Jose led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 following the second.
Sulzer opened the scoring for the Canucks 5:01 into the game on a shot from the point that got through traffic and past Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss. But Winchester evened the score at 1-1 only 20 second later as he poked the puck through Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack during a scramble.
Wingels gave the Sharks a 2-1 advantage about six minutes later on a shot from the slot.
Hodgson tied the game 2-2 at 11:12 of the second period as he jammed the puck in from the side of the net during a scramble. But Wingels put the Sharks ahead again after the puck bounced off Hodgson behind the net and right out to the Sharks forward in the slot, where he was left all alone.
Desjardins put the Sharks ahead 4-2 midway through the third. Then Baumgartner's power-play goal with just under three minutes left created a frantic finish that did not pay off for the Canucks.