The San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 at SAP Center on Thursday night.
After further review, the officials handed Brent Burns a penalty for delay of game with a puck over glass. The Canucks went on the power play, capitalizing with the man advantage. Ben Hutton found Bo Horvat, who jammed the puck into the net for his 19th goal of the season at 12:22 of the first period.
Michael Haley dropped the gloves with Joseph Cramarossa at 11:09. Haley won the fight, but Cramarossa managed to get a couple of hits in. Consequently, both players were given five-minute fighting majors.
The Sharks evened the score at 1-1 with 4:15 left in the period as Mikkel Boedker roofed a slap shot into the net for his eighth goal of the season.
Ryan Miller initially saved Chris Tierney’s backhand shot, but the Sharks forward was roughed up by Canucks defenders with 1:59 left. Tierney was awarded a penalty shot, however, his attempt was unsuccessful.
Shots were 11-7 in favor of the Sharks, despite a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes.
Marcus Sorensen reached an important milestone by collecting a loose puck from Tomas Hertl and stuffing it through traffic to score his first NHL goal at 10:32 of the second period.
Logan Couture beat Ryan Miller top-shelf to extend the Sharks’ lead to 3-1 with 6:11 left in the period.
The Sharks outshot the Canucks 19-13 and led 3-1 after 40 minutes.
The Sharks’ offense struggled in the third period. The action in Thursday’s game went down-to-the-wire as Joe Pavelski hit Christopher Tanev with 35 seconds left in regulation. Then, Boedker fired a shot with six seconds left, but it was saved by Horvat, who won the final faceoff against Couture.
The Sharks beat the Canucks 3-1 for their third straight win. Aaron Dell finished with 17 saves in his 11th start of the season.
“I’ve felt like I’ve gotten better every game I’ve played, so hopefully that continues,” Dell told NHL.com correspondent Eric Gilmore Thursday.
Miller made 29 saves in a losing effort.
Injured: Joonas Donskoi (upper body), Dylan DeMelo (broken wrist)
Sharks celebrated “Hockey Is For Everyone” night, cooperating with the You Can Play club, a nonprofit committed to supporting LGBTQ athletes.
Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer and chief operating officer John Tortora will be honored by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance at the ninth annual Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship and Awards Program, sponsored by Deloitte, this Friday.
The Sharks kick off a brief, two-game road trip Sunday against the Minnesota Wild at 5:00 p.m. MST on CSCA and FSN.