VANCOUVER (AP) — Tomas Hertl and Nick Bonino had crucial goals for the Sharks, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Canucks and avoid a sixth straight loss as San Jose lost 4-2 in Vancouver on Saturday night.
Alex Chiasson had a goal and an assist, Thatcher Demko made 34 saves for his 30th career win and the Vancouver Canucks kept their tenuous playoff hopes alive Saturday night with a 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Jason Dickinson, Conor Garland and Luke Schenn also scored for the Canucks, who were within four points of Dallas and Vegas for the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference.
Sharks goalie Kaapo Kahkonen made 35 saves but has fallen to 0-3-0 since being acquired by Minnesota at the close of trade on March 21.
Powerplay opportunities abounded for both sides in the game, but after going 4-5 with man advantage in their last two games, the Canucks were 0-7 against the Sharks. San Jose went 1 for 5, with Hertl’s goal coming during a two-man lead in the first half.
Vancouver opened the scoring just 2:03 into the first. Dickinson intercepted an errant pass from Sharks defenseman Ryan Merkley near center ice, then charged down the right wing, deked Kahkonen and scored. It was Dickinson’s first goal since his return earlier this week after missing 16 games with a lower body injury.
Hertl connected it with the Sharks in a 5-on-3 at 7:34. He hammered the rebound of a shot by Timo Meier past Demko from close range.
The Canucks made it 2-1 at 4:49 of the second period on Garland’s first goal in 20 games.
With 1:23 left in the second, Bonino deftly deflected Brent Burns’ point shot from deep in the slot past Demko to score his third goal in four games.
Just 2:15 into the third, Chiasson restored the Canucks’ lead, flipping a pass from Horvat past Kahkonen.
Schenn hit the empty net a second before the end.
REMARKS: It was the Sharks’ first visit to Rogers Arena since Jan. 18, 2020. …The win saw Vancouver win its three-game season streak against San Jose. … D. Quinn Hughes returned to the Vancouver lineup after missing two games through illness.
Sharks: In Nashville on Tuesday night.
Canucks: Host Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.
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