Canucks defeat Sharks, extend point streak to seven
- Elias Pettersson scored two goals to help the Vancouver Canucks extend their point streak to seven games with a 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.
- Pettersson knocked a centering pass out of the air to put the Canucks ahead 2-0 at 12:46 of the first period, and he made it 5-1 when he scored on the power play at 12:23 of the third.
- It was the seventh time in their 14 games this season and fifth in the past six that the Canucks scored at least five goals.
- After scoring the fewest goals in the NHL over the previous four seasons, Vancouver is third in scoring (3.64 goals per game).
“We’re playing with a lot of confidence,” said Pettersson, who has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his past seven games and 20 (six goals, 14 assists) in his past 12. “Nothing comes easy in this league, and we focus a lot on work hard, outskate teams, and good things happen.”
- Brandon Sutter, Jake Virtanen and Adam Gaudette scored, and Thatcher Demko made 24 saves for the Canucks (9-3-2), who are 5-0-2 in their past seven.
- Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Evander Kane scored in the third period, and Aaron Dell made 23 saves for the Sharks (4-10-1), who have lost five straight, including 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.
- San Jose has been outscored 22-8 during the losing streak.
“Same problems that have plagued us a lot of the year, we get behind early,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “Usually one of the first two or three chances ends up in the net, and we’re playing from behind all night.”
- Vancouver, which was coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, has outscored its opponents 49-27 while going 9-1-2 in its past 12 games.
“Guys are confident, and we’re scoring some big goals,” Demko said. “That’s great, it helps me build some confidence as the game goes on, especially with the goals coming early.”
- Vlasic’s goal was his 69th, moving him past Dan Boyle into second place among defensemen in Sharks history (Brent Burns, 146). …
- Kane has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in his past 12 games. …
- Canucks coach Travis Green said before the game that Hughes, who is tied for third among NHL rookies with 10 points (one goal, nine assists), could play Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.
- The Sharks celebrated Hockey Fights Cancer night with a video for the Hooper Family, with Graysen Rhea dropping the ceremonial puck
Sources & Credits: NHL.com, VAN Canucks, SJ Sharks