Nieto leads Sharks over Canucks

Vancouver, BC ( – Matt Nieto posted two goals and an assist
to lead the San Jose Sharks in a 6-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on

Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Chris Tierney and Melker Karlsson all
scored for the Sharks, who have won their past two. Antti Niemi stopped 26
shots in the win.

Henrik Sedin posted two goals and Daniel Sedin assisted on both of them for
the Canucks, who had won three of four coming into the game.

Jacob Markstrom’s first start of the year was short-lived as he gave up three
goals on four shots in just under eight minutes of work. Eddie Lack stopped
23-of-24 shots in relief.

San Jose scored just over three minutes in as Tierney picked up a turnover at
the left circle and snapped it over Markstrom’s glove for his second of the

Karlsson banged the puck in from in front after it had bounced off the
backboards and over the net at 7:18, and Couture finished off a rebound at the
left circle 27 seconds later for a 3-0 lead.

“We wanted to come out strong being on the road,” said Nieto. “We were able to
get a couple of quick ones there and then we concentrated on keeping them away
from the net.”

Vancouver got back into the game with a pair of goals in the second, the first
one coming on the power play as Henrik Sedin one-timed home a feed from Daniel
at the right circle 61 seconds in.

Just over eight minutes later, Daniel Sedin sent a turnaround pass from the
left side of the net to the right where Henrik tucked it in for his 15th goal
of the season.

San Jose, though, scored with 8:15 to play as Patrick Marleau stripped the
puck at the right circle and fired a quick pass to the slot where Nieto one-
timed it in.

The Canucks were unable to get any closer in the third, with Nieto and Vlasic
scoring empty-netters to polish off the win.

Game Notes

San Jose hosts Vancouver on Saturday … Vancouver plays at Arizona on
Thursday … Vancouver was 1-for-5 on the power play, while San Jose failed to
score on its one opportunity … Marleau finished the game with two assists.