Vancouver (41-31-8) at San Jose (42-26-11) 10:30 pm EDT
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks clinched
a playoff spot in dramatic fashion on Wednesday. The
Vancouver Canucks hope their turn is forthcoming.
Fresh off a 5-4 overtime victory at Vancouver, the Sharks host
the second game of a home-and-home series between the clubs on
After San Jose's Scott Hannan tied the score with 4:03 left in
regulation, teammate Christian Ehrhoff scored the winner 34
seconds into overtime. With its sixth consecutive triumph, San
Jose secured its second straight playoff berth and moved ahead
of Colorado into sixth in the conference standings.
Joe Thornton set up both the tying and winning goals, giving him
four assists in the game and a league-high 91 for the season.
Since Thornton joined the Sharks via an early trade with Boston,
San Jose has gone 40-19-8.
Emerging as San Jose's primary goaltender ahead of Evgeni
Nabokov, Vesa Toskala has started each game during the winning
streak. He is 9-1-1 in his last 11 starts and 17-2-2 dating to
Despite the loss, Vancouver picked up one point to improve its
season total to 90, one shy of eighth-place Edmonton in the
Western Conference with two games remaining. The Canucks are in
jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2000.
Vancouver captain Markus Naslund has struggled down the stretch.
His first-period goal Wednesday marked just his second in the
last 19 games, over which the Canucks have gone just 7-9-3.