The lineups had to be re-gigged last night as Dave Scatchard pulled himself after the warm up with what was described as a “tweaked groin”. So that leaves the possible two spots down to just four players, with Jannik Hansen being the most noticeable with his play as Hodgson continues to struggle.
Hodgson who was supposed to have played with Kesler and Burrows, ended up with Kesler and Raymond.
Cody did not have a good game last night, with an ill advised pass up the middle in his zone picked off, and on another play, he was taken off the puck by Sharks Setoguchi along the boards, way too easy. He was laboring to keep up with his line and coach “V” finally sat him down for most of the third period.
This guy is a long way from solidifying a spot.
The 'Nucks had a quick start again and within the first seven minutes had a 6-1 shot advantage, but neither team could score.
Sharks' Benn Ferriero, who was the most dangerous of his group, opened the scoring in the second on a rebound. San Jose would go ahead 2-0 as the period was winding down on a nice play from the left point by Kent Huskins, picking up his blocked shot from Burrows and walking in and firing it high underneath the crossbar on Luongo.
Canucks looked flat, which was probably attributable to the absence of any set lines that regularly play together. Then again, it could be the six games in 10 days that caught up.
Mason Raymond finally got the 'Nucks on the board at 7:22 of the third, with snap shot from the side of net, as he was the benefactor of some great hustle by Hansen.
Just when the home boys were starting to create some momentum, Oberg draws a penalty, and this turned out to be the “turning point of the game.”
Louie rose to the occasion denying Malhotra from in close to keep the Sharks from adding to their total, which turned out to be a huge save, as the Canucks killed off the penalty.
The crowd came alive as the chant “Go Canucks Go” picked up in the volume level. Could they come back again? That question would be answered by a face-off won by Burrows, which went back to Edler who faked a slap shot, then wristed it towards a crowded goal crease.
The puck, like a guided missile, seemed to find its path into the back of the net and this game was all tied up.
Seconds later, 42 to be exact, Bernier intercepts the puck off Sharks Huskins, who in turn feeds a back pass to Glass, and from the left face-off circle, he snaps a quick shot over Nabokov to give the 'Nucks a lead for the first time in the game.
Bernier and Glass seemed to have some good chemistry and played a spirited pressure game, with Glass making a case for some more playing time.
Just when you thought they would pull it out, a Bieksa penalty changed the picture.
San Jose’s Rob Blake, from the left boards just inside the blue line, made an outstanding play with a one timer that got by Luongo, and tied it up.
So off we go to overtime once again.
The Sharks had the better of the chances, particularly Marleau all alone in front, as the defenders were intent on the play behind the net, only to have Louie rob him. Bobby Lou came up big again on another save off Pavelski, as the tables turned yet again.
The Canucks' power-play would be getting its chance with a little over a minute left to play, to try and settle this once and for all.
Nabokov took care of that with a pad save with 18 seconds remaining, so we headed to the shoot-out.
Sharks Pavelski scored and then Edler, with a great move ties it up. Is this thing ever going to end?
Mason Raymond made sure of that as he came in at full speed, pulled a spin-a-rama, and deposited it past Nabokov to seal the deal, and keep the unbeaten record intact.
Interesting footnote: Mike Brophy of Sportnet.ca, in his “Top 50 NHL Players”, had Roberto Luongo at No. 4, just behind Crosby, Ovechkin, and Malkin.
Whatya think about that sports fans?