VANCOUER — Evander Kane scored two times, top the San Jose Sharks to a 7-2 drubbing of the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.
The victory moves San Jose (34-16-7) into initially put in the Western Convention and extends its earn streak to 6 online games.
Timo Meier, Melker Karlsson, Tomas Hertl, Kevin Lebanc and Joe Pavelski also scored for the Sharks.
Bo Horvat and Derrick Pouliot answered for Vancouver (25-25-7).
Martin Jones set up 25 will save for the Sharks and Mike DiPietro stopped 17-of-24 shots for the Canucks in his NHL debut.
The 19-12 months-old indigenous of Amherstburg, Ont., was identified as up from the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s on an crisis basis final week right after Canucks backup Thatcher Demko was sidelined with a knee sprain.
“A desire occur accurate finding the start off. You by no means want to allow in the initially shot, but I felt better as the recreation went on. There are lessons I’ll just take from this and operate on to end this period and throughout the summer season.” – DiPietro
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Jacob Markstrom, the team’s starting netminder, was slated to start off on Monday but was scratched as a precaution because of to tightness in his lessen body.
DiPietro struggled early, letting in the initially shot of the recreation right after Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson unsuccessful to corral the puck behind the net.
Logan Couture collected the rubber and dished it to Meier, who fired it in previous the youthful Vancouver goalie 1:04 into the initially interval.
The Sharks extra one more marker just minutes later, many thanks to a significant shot from Kane. Vancouver defenceman Ben Hutton attempted to punch the puck out of the air in front of the net, but as a substitute despatched it in off of DiPietro.
When Karlsson extra San Jose’s third goal 8:48 into the opening body, the Canucks had nonetheless to register a single shot.
Inspite of an atrocious start off, Vancouver seemed to come across their way late in the initially, hemming the Sharks in their have end.
With just seconds left on the clock, star rookie Elias Pettersson waited patiently for his option to slice a pass to Horvat down low. The centre hammered a snapshot previous Jones to set the Canucks on the board.
Vancouver out shot San Jose 13-5 in the next interval, but the Sharks continued to bury the Canucks, introducing targets from Kane, Hertl and Lebanc.
Lebanc’s tally came from a two-on-just one exactly where Joe Thornton drew DiPietro across the crease just before dishing off to the proper-winger.
The helper was the 1,050th of Thornton’s career. He handed Gordie Howe for ninth put on the league’s all-time helps record.
It was also the 39-12 months-old centre’s 1,457th NHL issue, tying Teemu Selanne for 15th put in the all-time factors race.
Vancouver’s next goal came from Pouliot 12:06 into the third, but it was Zack MacEwen who will hold the puck right after assisting on the play.
It was the 22-12 months-old’s initially NHL issue and came in his league debut. The Charlottetown indigenous was identified as up from the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets on Sunday.
Pavelski extra the last goal of the recreation significantly less than two minutes later.
The Canucks will be back in motion on Wednesday, kicking off a a few-recreation California street swing with a check out to the Anaheim Ducks.
The Sharks host the Washington Capitals on Thursday.
NOTES: Vancouver has positioned centre Brandon Sutter on injured reserve with a lessen body harm. … Pavelski registered a helper on Meier’s goal, marking his 400th NHL aid. … San Jose defenceman Erik Karlsson missed Monday’s recreation with a lessen-body harm.
THE CANADIAN Press