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Sharks 2, Canucks 1 (OT)

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Defenseman Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal at 2:38 in overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Canucks on Thursday.

Canucks captain Henrik Sedin was in the penalty box for hooking.

Sharks rookie center Tomas Hertl, forced overtime when his 11th goal of the season tied the game at 1 at 18:55 of the third period.

The Canucks managed a rare feat earlier in the game, they scored with the man advantage. For 58:55, that was good enough.

The power play that languishes near the bottom of the league came through for the Canucks for the first time in a while, leading to the game's opening goal by Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa, a blast from the blueline at 13:40 of the second period, with winger Daniel Sedin providing a screen in front of the San Jose goal.

It was Vancouver's first power-play goal in four games and eight tries. The power play was firing at just 9.7 percent heading into the game, third-worst in the league.

On the other hand, the Canucks had no problems on their other special team, the top-ranked penalty kill in the league (89.4 percent heading into the game).

Vancouver killed off three power plays in regulation to run its string to 26 straight successful power play kills, a string that stretched over 24 periods until Thursday's 4-on-3 Sharks goal.

The Sharks, after bolting out of the gate at 10-1-1 to start the season, are stumbling.

In their past seven games, they've managed just one regulation win, going 2-1-4.

Center Henrik Sedin and Sharks center Joe Thornton each had an assist and are tied atop the NHL assist leaderboard with 18 each.

For two teams that have built somewhat of a rivalry, the opening period was tepid.

The best save by either goaltender was by the Sharks' Antti Niemi, getting in front of a shot redirected by his own defenseman, Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

The shots were 8-8 after the first frame, unusual since the Sharks came into Rogers Arena leading the league in shots taken with an average of 37.1 per game. In four games, the Sharks have recorded 50 or more shots on the opposition goaltender.

The shots wound up 35-30 in Vancouver's favor Thursday.

NOTES: If the Sharks and Canucks are to meet again this season, it will have to be in the playoffs. Thursday's game was the fourth and final meeting between San Jose and Vancouver in the regular season. ... Heading into the game, Sharks C Joe Thornton was 14-38-52 in 44 games as a Shark against the Canucks. ... Until the Canucks won 4-2 at San Jose on Nov. 7, the Sharks had beaten Vancouver nine consecutive times, including the playoffs. ... Canucks C Henrik Sedin ended a three-game streak without a point. Prior to that, he had registered at least a point in 12 straight games (3-11-14). ... Canucks RW Ryan Kesler entered the game with 11 points in his previous 11 games (6-5-11).
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