In a game with little flow and few shots before a busy third
period, Carter knocked the puck into an empty net after Evgeni
Nabokov stopped Henrik Sedin in tight and was taken out by his own
defenseman Scott Hannan.
"An ugly game like that we need a goal like that," Carter
said. "It was important we prove to ourselves we can win an ugly
Wade Brookbank also scored, and Bertuzzi had two assists to help
the Canucks win for the fifth time in six games and improve to 10-1
Alex Auld made 20 saves to pick up his second straight win since
Vancouver's No. 1 goalie Dan Cloutier injured his knee Sunday in
Patrick Marleau also scored and Nabokov stopped 19 shots for the
Sharks, who have lost eight straight games (0-3-5). Grant
Stevenson, who had a goal in his NHL debut Wednesday night in
Calgary, added two assists for San Jose.
After combining for 22 shots through two slow periods, the pace
finally picked up a little in the third.
Marcel Goc gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead 1:57 into the period, but
Naslund tied it at 7:11 on a one-timer off Todd Bertuzzi's
cross-ice backhand pass and Carter gave the Canucks their first
lead at 8:06.
"A younger team would get frustrated but the guys here are
mature and grind it out," Carter said. "We've shown we're capable
of staying patient."
The celebration had to wait for a video review of the goal,
which appeared to cross the goal line after Hannan knocked the net
loose as he slid into the crease. After the review, referee Kerry
Fraser announced the goal would stand because it was a San Jose
player that knocked the net off.
"There wasn't any doubt in my mind the goal would stay,"
Ron Wilson wasn't as sure, even after the game. Add in a San
Jose goal that was disallowed after another review in the final
minute and the Sharks' coach sounded off on the officiating before
cutting his media availability short.
"On the first one, the referee's explanation was they were in
the act of shooting when we knocked the net off," he said. "I
might be wrong, but I thought it was when we deliberately knock the
net off, not accidentally.
That's one. The second one, the puck went in the net.
On that one, Auld appeared to make an easy save off Jonathon
Cheechoo's harmless looking shot out of the corner. But when Scott
Thornton arrived looking for a rebound, he saw the puck was already
"It was totally clear," said Thornton. "I turned to the ref
and started yelling. He agreed with me but there was no clear angle
from the camera.
Video from of an overhead angle appeared inconclusive.
"He said he blew the whistle. He actually blew that call,"
Wilson said. "That should count and everybody knows it. The goalie
pulls the puck out from two feet inside the net after the whistle
blows. The people upstairs should have told him the puck went
directly in the net."
Wilson was also upset he didn't receive an explanation on the
"That's a sad state of affairs when you can't communicate with
head coach of a team," he said. "Come over and give me an
explanation because he was wrong on that one. That cost us a
Despite arriving in Vancouver just before noon after fog
stranded them in Calgary after the previous night's loss to the
Flames, the Sharks outshot the Canucks 7-6 in the first period.
"A game like this is difficult," said Naslund. "If you try to
be creative and try to be pretty, you're going to turn pucks over
and they're going to get chances."
The Sharks led 1-0 when Marleau converted a two-man advantage,
but Brookbank, a seldom-used enforcer, tied it with his first goal
of the season. He was later credited with an assist on Naslund's
goal, doubling his career point total.
Naslund has a point in eight straight games, posting six
goals and six assists in the stretch. ... Vancouver failed to
record a shot on two power plays. San Jose came into the game
leading the league in shots, but only three NHL teams have scored
fewer goals. ... The Sharks ended a three-game road trip and
dropped to 4-7-2 away from San Jose this season.
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Arena: Rogers Arena Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Craig Spada Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Jay Sharrers
Attendance: 18,630 (99.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Patrick Marleau (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Tom Preissing, Grant Stevenson