After two wins on the road earlier in the week, the Vancouver Canucks kept their playoff hopes alive by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Saturday night.
Jason Dickinson, Conor Garland, Alex Chiasson and Luke Schenn scored the goals for Vancouver. Tomas Hertl and Nick Bonino replied for San Jose (29-33-9).
Thatcher Demko made 34 saves for the Canucks (35-28-10), hitting the 30-win mark for the first time in his career. In net for the Sharks, Kaapo Kahkonen made 35 saves but saw his record fall to 0-3-0 since being acquired from the Minnesota Wild at the March 21 trade deadline.
Power-play opportunities were plentiful for both teams in the game, but after going 4-5 with a man advantage in their last two games, Vancouver was 0-7 on Saturday. San Jose went 1 for 5, with Hertl’s goal scoring during a two-man advantage in the first period.
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Vancouver opened the scoring just 2:03 into the first period. Dickinson intercepted an errant pass from Sharks defenseman Ryan Merkley near center ice, then darted down the right wing, kicked Kahkonen and put the puck in the back of the net. It was his fourth goal of the year and his first since returning to action earlier this week after missing 16 games with a lower-body injury.
At 7:34, Hertl tied the score with the Sharks on a 5-for-3. He hit the rebound on a Timo Meier shot past Demko from close range for his 28th goal of the year.
The Canucks made it 2-1 at 4:49 of the second period. Alex Chiasson collected the puck in the defensive zone. Conor Garland received the pass midair on the left wing, then beat Kahkonen high on the tackle side for his 15th of the year and first goal in 20 games.
With 1:23 left in the middle frame, Nick Bonino deftly deflected a Brent Burns point shot from deep inside the slot past Demko for his third goal in four games and 11th of the year.
Just 2:15 into the third period, Chiasson restored the lead to the Canucks, deflecting a pass from Horvat past Kahkonen. The goal was his third in two games and his second point of the night, and gave him and Horvat six points in the last three games.
The Sharks retired their goaltender with 2:11 to play. After a pair of Vancouver ice plays, the Sharks generated a number of good scoring chances before Tyler Myers was called for a cross-check with 39.3 seconds left in regulation, but the Canucks held on. hard, Schenn hitting the empty net with a second to go. on the clock.
With the win, the Canucks move within four points of second place in the NHL’s Western Conference. They are four points behind the Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights.
REMARKS: Saturday marked the Sharks’ first visit to Rogers Arena since Jan. 18, 2020. With the victory, Vancouver swept their three-game season streak against San Jose… Defenseman Quinn Hughes returned to the Vancouver roster after missed two games due to illness…Both teams dressed in rosters of 11 forwards and seven defensemen Brad Hunt skated as forward for Vancouver, and Radek Simek for San Jose…Sharks are looking for a new manager general after Doug Wilson announced Thursday that he is retiring due to a medical issue…Saturday’s game was the first of a five-game homestand for Vancouver San Jose began a five-game road trip…The Canucks celebrated Community Heroes Night.
THE CANADIAN PRESS
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