National Hockey League
BOXSCORE | RECAP
Vancouver 4, San Jose 3
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 21, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Mike Leggo, Brad Meier
Linesmen: Jay Sharrers, Shane Heyer
Attendance: 18890

Cody Hodgson scored twice and capped a stretch of three goals in 92 seconds with the game-winner in the third period as the Vancouver Canucks edged the visiting San Jose Sharks, 4-3, in a meeting of first-place teams on Saturday.

Roberto Luongo made 23 saves to earn his 212th win for the Canucks, passing Kirk McLean for first place on the franchise’s all-time list.

Hodgson’s 13th tally came with 4:17 left in the third period. Setting up from a bad angle on the right side, Hodgson sent a shot toward the goal that bounced off a skate and skipped past Antti Niemi.

Ryan Kesler had snapped the 2-2 deadlock and put Vancouver ahead with 5:49 left in the third. Streaking up the left side, Kesler settled a bouncing puck and cut to the middle, moving the puck between his legs before cutting it back out and wristing it past Niemi.

Just 36 seconds later, Joe Pavelski set up behind the Canucks net and backhanded a pass in front to Dan Boyle, who knocked it in for his fourth tally, tying it again at 3-3.

Logan Couture did his best to keep the Sharks in the game, scoring once shorthanded and once on the power play. The 22-year old center also had the save of the game when he dove in front of the net to block a shot in the third period.

Top Game Performances
 
San Jose   Vancouver
Logan Couture 2 Points Cody Hodgson 2
Logan Couture 2 Goals Cody Hodgson 2
Andrew Desjardins 2 Assists Mason Raymond 2
Logan Couture 1 Power Play Goals N/A
Logan Couture 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Antti Niemi .867 Save Percentage Roberto Luongo .885
Antti Niemi 26 Saves Roberto Luongo 23
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 26 3 1-1 4-4 13 29
Vancouver 30 4 0-4 0-1 7 31
Upcoming Games
  • Vancouver will play their next game at home against Edmonton. The Canucks have a W/L % of .552 after a win and .684 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play their next game on the road against Edmonton. The Sharks have a W/L % of .577 after a win and .579 after a loss.