Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Point Lost: Dan Boyle Scores in OT as San Jose Sharks Stun Vancouver Canucks 2-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Point Lost: Dan Boyle Scores in OT as San Jose Sharks Stun Vancouver Canucks 2-1

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Sharks beat Canucks 2-1 in overtime


VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks were just over a minute away from celebrating a hard-earned victory Thursday.

They were instead left to ponder what went wrong against an opponent that almost always has their number.

Tomas Hertl tied the score on a broken play with 65 seconds left in regulation and Dan Boyle won it on the power play at 2:38 of overtime as the San Jose Sharks stormed back to stun the Canucks 2-1.

Vancouver had killed 28 straight power plays until Boyle beat Roberto Luongo with a shot that needed video review.

"It sucks," said Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa, who scored his first of the season for Vancouver. "Sometimes you're on the wrong end of these kind of games.

"Getting a point is a positive against the top teams but two points was right there. It's early in the season. You don't want to get too down on yourself, but we deserved those two points."

The Sharks have now won 10 of their last 11 against the Canucks.

Vancouver led late in the third period until Boyle's flubbed shot from the point found its way to Hertl at the side of the goal. The Czech teenager buried his chance past a helpless Luongo for his 11th of the season, which leads all rookies.

Canucks captain Henrik Sedin was then whistled for hooking in overtime and the Sharks' power play clicked.

"We played a great game. I thought they got a really lucky break on their tying goal and they get a power play in OT and that's it," said Luongo, who finished with 28 saves. "That's how close the NHL is. We're a minute away from playing, what I thought was a really great game, and all of a sudden it turns into a loss."

Antti Niemi made 34 saves for the Sharks (12-2-5), who came in having dropped five of their last six and were outplayed for long stretches on Thursday.

"This becomes the game you hear hockey people talk about the hockey gods, where it starts to even out," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "We weren't the better team tonight and we have been on the other end of that where we were the better team and found a way not to win it. Tonight we found a way to come back."

In a scheduling quirk, Thursday's game was the final regular-season meeting between the Canucks (11-7-3) and Sharks in 2013-14, with San Jose winning three and losing one.

"It's a kick in the teeth to lose it but looking at the big picture and some of the things we did against a pretty good hockey club, that's what we are going to take out of this," said Canucks coach John Tortorella. "We played a really good game right on through."

Bieksa broke the scoreless tie on the power play at 13:40 of the second period when his shot from the point found its way through traffic past Niemi. Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows missed a glorious chance moments earlier before Henrik Sedin fed Bieksa for the one-timer. …

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