Tuesday night's game at the SAP Center between the Canucks and Sharks did not feel like your typical exhibition affair. Unfortunately for the Canucks it was for all the wrong reasons.
The Canucks had no answer for the Sharks throughout the regular season and playoffs last year losing all seven head-to-head meetings against San Jose and, on Tuesday, that trend continued as they dropped a 5-0 decision to the Sharks to fall to 1-4-0 in pre-season play.
The Canucks, who were playing their second game in as many nights, actually came out with some jump to start Tuesday's contest generating several scoring opportunities in the first 10 minutes but were stymied by Antti Niemi who finished the night stopping all 24 shots he faced.
Vancouver would pay dearly for their inability to get on the scoreboard in the early going.
Tomas Hertl started the Sharks' parade of goals at 10:37 of the opening frame tipping in a fairly innocuous shot by Scott Hannan from the left side boards past netminder Eddie Lack. Boyle would double the lead less than two minutes later and that was all she wrote for the Canucks.
Joe Thornton and Logan Couture added power play markers in the second frame before Hertl rounded the scoring with his second of the night for good measure early in the third period.
Lack made 28 saves on 33 shots in the loss.
Vancouver has been out-shot in four of five pre-season games this season losing all four games they have been out-shot in.
Daniel Sedin led the way for all skaters with six shots on Tuesday while Logan Couture had a team-high four shots for San Jose.
The Canucks close out their pre-season on Thursday night when they host their former head coach Alain Vigneault and the New York Rangers at Rogers Arena.
SHARK BAIT: To say recent meetings between the Canucks and Sharks have not gone Vancouver's way would be an understatement. Counting exhibition, regular season and playoff games, the Canucks have now dropped their last nine straight games (0-8-1) to San Jose dating back to the start of last season.
HAMMER TIME: Canucks blue-liner Dan Hamhuis made his return to the lineup after sitting out the past three games with soreness and he looked none the worse for wear. He led the team in ice-time with 22:38 and finished the game with two shots and an even-rating.
HATS OFF: Vancouver's Tom Sestito and San Jose's Matt Pelech engaged in a spirited tussle late in the second period of Tuesday’s contest and both fell victim to the NHL's new rule 46.6 as a result of removing their own helmets prior to the fight. In addition to being assessed the standard five-minute major for fighting, both also received a two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
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