Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sharks lose to the Vancouver Canucks 3-2, virtually 3-1

The Vancouver Canucks stayed unbeaten in the preseason by defeating the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion, 3-2. That score is deceiving - it was 3-1 at about 10 seconds left of the game, when Patrick Marleau scored the second Sharks goal of the night. Roberto Luongo stopped all 14 shots that he faced from the Sharks in the first two periods; Cory Schneider replaced Luongo at the start of the third period, stopping 21 of 23 shots, and making extremely good saves while doing so. Schneider, a 22-year old Vancouver prospect, will be one to watch in future seasons.



Pavol Demitra scored first for his new team (having played his last two seasons with the Minnesota Wild), and his first period goal was followed by two goals in the second period from one-time Mighty Duck Jason Krog, and Danish-prospect Jannik Hansen. Ryane Clowe was credited with a goal after it deflected off of his skate (from what I could tell while watching, and on the replay). Earlier in the game, he fought with Mike Brown. Captain Patrick Marleau, who led both Sharks and Canucks in ice time with over 24 minutes, scored with less than 9 seconds to go in the game. Pavol Demitra was on the ice for both Sharks goals, and thus finished the game with a -1 (haha). Tonight also saw Rob Blake play in teal for the first time - he posted a +1. Sharks prospect Brad Staubitz had 9 minutes in the sin bin, including 5 for fighting with Rick Rypien.




The Sharks travel to Phoenix on Monday night, and host the Coyotes at home the following evening.




GO SHARKS.

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