– A 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Monday at sold-out HP
Pavilion left the San Jose Sharks in fourth place in the Western
Conference with 47 points.
Vancouver’s Alexandre Burrows buried a short shot past goalie
Antti Niemi 8:57 into the third period to snap a 3-3 tie.
SAN JOSE – A 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Monday at sold-out HP Pavilion left the San Jose Sharks in fourth place in the Western Conference with 47 points.
Vancouver’s Alexandre Burrows buried a short shot past goalie Antti Niemi 8:57 into the third period to snap a 3-3 tie.
The goal was reviewed by off-ice officials, with a concentration on the high stick used by Burrows to tip the puck on a high shot from the right point by Christian Ehrhoff. Burrows had inside position behind Ryane Clowe near the crease when the tip was followed by a short rebound by Niemi. Burrows quickly went to the rebound and pushed the puck into the net. Since the high-stick use was not called immediately by an official, the ensuing rebound was legally played by Burrows.
Vancouver sent 21 shots on net in the frantic third period and finished with 47 shots, a season high for shots faced by the Sharks.
San Jose completes the three-game home stand with games Thursday against Buffalo and Saturday opposite Nashville.
The Sharks spent more time trailing the Canucks rather than either tied or leading during the first 40 two periods, yet emerged with a 3-3 tie going into the third period.
Vancouver, holding down the first position in the Western Conference entering play with 53 points, had a pair of one-goal leads in the first 40 minutes. San Jose responded twice with equalizers before holding a 3-2 lead for 3:04 of the second period.
Vancouver, now winner of six straight and 10 of its past 11, earned a 1-0 lead 6:09 into play off a Shark turnover in the offensive zone.
Defenseman Jason Demers’ pass from the goalline toward the middle of the blueline resulted in a turnover that gave the puck to Burrows. The winger quickly forwarded the pass to Henrik Sedin near the left post to set up a 2-on-1 chance along with brother Daniel Sedin. Henrik Sedin deftly pulled the puck across the crease to Daniel Sedin for the point-blank goal past Niemi.
Clowe’s tying goal with 5:08 gone in the second period covered almost as much distance as the Sedin score. Linemate Ben Ferriero’s attempt at a stuff shot at the left post of the Canuck net was pushed to the right boards. Demers beat Canuck Raffi Torres to the puck and sent it toward the crease where an unmarked Clowe tapped in the feed for his 11th goal of the season.
A Logan Couture hooking penalty at 7:31 of the second led to a Vancouver power-play goal 43 seconds later.
Defenseman Alexander Edler claimed his third goal of the year when he rushed along the inside edge of the face-off circle and one-timed a cross-ice feed from Ehrhoff inside the right post off the glove of Niemi.
Patrick Marleau was in the right place, near the left post, during a San Jose power play when he turned a long rebound of a blast from Dan Boyle into a put-back behind goalie Cory Schneider at 12:18 of the second.
The period provided two more even-strength goals. Jamal Mayers finished off a 3-on-2 break with a 30-footer from the right flank off a pass from Dany Heatley at 15:21. The Canucks came back with a goal at 18:35 when Jannik Hansen turned a short rebound into his fifth goal of the season.