National Hockey League
San Jose 3, Vancouver 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, January 2, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Tim Peel, Dean Morton
Linesmen: Don Henderson, Brad Lazarowich
Attendance: 18890

Michal Handzus scored in the third round of the shootout and Antti Niemi denied all three attempts as the San Jose Sharks skated to a 3-2 road triumph over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Patrick Marleau and Benn Ferriero scored during a 17-shot second period for San Jose, which defeated Vancouver for the first time in three meetings this season and improved to 3-7-2 in its last 12 outings versus the Canucks.

Niemi, who turned aside 27 shots, denied Alex Burrows and Cody Hodgson in the shootout before Ryan Kesler's attempt caromed off the post in the third round.

Handzus ended the contest after skating in and using his forehand to lift the puck under the crossbar.

San Jose's Torrey Mitchell nearly won the game in regulation but his snap shot from the slot beat Roberto Luongo just a few tenths of a second after the whistle.

With Ryane Clowe in the penalty box for a holding penalty, Vancouver's top-ranked power play made San Jose pay with 8:25 remaining in the third period. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis controlled the puck along the boards before feeding Hodgson, who one-timed a shot from the slot past Niemi to tie the game at 2-2.

Hodgson collected a goal and an assist, Jannik Hansen also tallied and Luongo finished with 33 saves for Vancouver.
Top Game Performances
San Jose   Vancouver
Benn Ferriero 1 Points Cody Hodgson 2
Benn Ferriero 1 Goals Cody Hodgson 1
Justin Braun 1 Assists Cody Hodgson 1
N/A Power Play Goals Cody Hodgson 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Antti Niemi .931 Save Percentage Roberto Luongo .943
Antti Niemi 27 Saves Roberto Luongo 33
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 35 3 0-3 5-6 14 24
Vancouver 29 2 1-6 3-3 8 38
Upcoming Games
  • Vancouver will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Canucks have a W/L % of .560 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play their next game on the road against Anaheim. The Sharks have a W/L % of .579 after a win and .562 after a loss.