VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Mike Grier scored a
power-play goal in the first period and Vesa Toskala stopped all 25
shots he faced in the San Jose Sharks' 2-0 preseason win over the
Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
Ville Nieminen added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds left for
San Jose (4-1), which held out its entire top line. Joe Thornton,
last season's NHL MVP, will likely also miss Wednesday's game in
Calgary after taking a shot off his foot in practice on Monday. Top
goal scorer Jonathan Cheechoo stayed in San Jose because of a groin
Grier tapped a rebound underneath Roberto Luongo as the Canucks
goalie took a dive to smother the loose puck. That gave the former
Buffalo Sabres forward his first point since signing with the
Sharks during the offseason.
After giving up six goals in just over three periods to start
the preseason, Toskala was at his best during an early power-play
flurry. He wasn't tested again until a 12-shot third period.
Toskala, who is competing with Evegeni Nabokov for the starting
goalie job, made a couple of good saves on another power play with
six minutes left to preserve the shutout.
Luongo made 26 saves while playing his second straight complete
game. He stopped Patrick Marleau and Patrick Rissmiller on
breakaways but it wasn't enough for the Canucks (1-4).
Vancouver dressed all of its top scoring forwards and leading
defensemen except for Mattias Ohlund.