Jannik Hansen's 20th helps Canucks snap nine-game skid versus Sharks

 

 
 
 
 
Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated by Jannik Hansen #36 after he scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
 
 

Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated by Jannik Hansen #36 after he scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The last time the Vancouver Canucks snapped a losing streak this long, their record 10-gamer in the fall of 1997, coach Tom Renney was fired anyway. After a win in San Jose.

And while Canuck president Trevor Linden declared a month ago there is no-way-no-how Willie Desjardins won’t return as coach next season, there was still an awful lot of relief within the organization when the floundering team ended a nine-game National Hockey League losing streak with a 4-2 win here Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.

No one is getting fired this morning. Maybe fired up — because the Canucks play again tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.

“You almost forget the feeling of what it’s like to win,” Canuck veteran Alex Burrows said. “It’s no fun coming to the rink after a loss, so you can only imagine what it’s like to lose nine in a row.

“It was nice to get rewarded tonight.”

Four minutes after the Canucks blew yet another third-period lead and seemed ready to topple again, Jannik Hansen picked up the puck after Shark Joe Thornton’s pass bounced hard off the boards in the Vancouver zone, skated in on a 2-on-1 and blew a slapshot past goalie Martin Jones’ right shoulder to break a 2-2 tie.

Markus Granlund outraced the Sharks to beat an icing call and earn his empty-net goal with 20.8 seconds remaining.

It was Vancouver’s first win since March 12.

“We’ve been playing better the last five or six games,” Canuck Danny Sedin said. “We’ve talked about momentum and tonight we had the momentum the whole game. It was a fortunate bounce to get the 2-on-1, but you get those breaks when you play well and Jannik took advantage of it.”

It made Hansen a 20-goal scorer for the first time in his career.

It also came soon after Logan Couture had tied the game at 10:58 on a beautiful pass from Brent Burns, after the Canucks had built a 2-0 lead.

“It was a one-shot game at that point,” Hansen said. “It’s unfortunate we keep letting teams back into the games we control. But today, we found a way to battle back. We talked before (the third period), even if they get an equalizer, keep pushing, keep trying to score another goal. Tonight, we were lucky enough to get it.”

It was unlucky only for the draftists in Vancouver.

The win lifted the Canucks two points clear of the NHL basement and allowed them to leapfrog the Columbus Blue Jackets, who lost 4-3 against the New York Islanders.

With 69 points from 77 games, the Canucks are tied for 25th with the Winnipeg Jets.

Surviving the first 10 minutes in San Jose is usually a challenge. The Canucks made it easier by scoring 69 seconds into the game.

Jones served up a made-to-measure rebound to Sedin, who slung the puck into an unguarded net after linemate Hansen’s initial slapshot from the right wing. At 13:55, Bo Horvat made it 2-0. And by that, we mean Horvat alone made it 2-0.

The Canuck centre badgered Joonas Donskoi into a turnover as the Shark lazily skated the puck back toward his own goal. Horvat gathered the puck, powered through Donskoi’s flimsy check, zoomed in on net and slid a backhander under Jones.

The goal perfectly exemplified Horvat: speed, power and effort.

With Canuck goalie Ryan Miller playing well, it was still 2-0 for Vancouver until late in the second period, when Hansen’s slash put Vancouver short-handed for the third time.

Patrick Marleau found a seam in Canuck coverage and beautifully pushed a one-timer past Miller from Joe Thornton’s pass. It was the 1,335th point in Thornton’s career, tying him with Mike Gartner for 30th in all-time NHL scoring.

INJURY NEWS: The Canucks lost winger Sven Baertschi to a lower-body injury in the first period. With winger Jake Virtanen suspended for the two-game road trip, Linden Vey returned to the Canuck lineup. Vancouver also got back defencemen Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin. Tanev missed six games with an upper-body injury, while Tryamkin sat one game after blocking a shot in practice. Without any extra forwards on the trip, the Canucks may have to use a defenceman up front against the Ducks. Andrey Pedan and Yannick Weber, healthy scratches Thursday, are the candidates.

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Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated by Jannik Hansen #36 after he scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
 

Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated by Jannik Hansen #36 after he scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.

Photograph by: Ezra Shaw, Getty Images

 
Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated by Jannik Hansen #36 after he scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks tries to control the puck during their game against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
San Jose Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi (27) is checked into the boards by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
San Jose Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi (27) moves the puck past Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller (30) blocks a shot from San Jose Sharks right wing Melker Karlsson (68) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. Canucks’ Chris Tanev (8) defends.
San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) is congratulated by teammates on the bench after he scored a goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
San Jose Sharks’ Roman Polak (46) battles for the puck against Vancouver Canucks’ Markus Granlund, left, of Finland, and Bo Horvat (53) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks and Matt Bartkowski #44 of the Vancouver Canucks go for the puck at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) blocks a shot from Vancouver Canucks right wing Emerson Etem (26) as Sharks’ Dylan DeMelo (74) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal on Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
Markus Granlund #60 of the Vancouver Canucks and Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks go for the puck at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks skates away from Joonas Donskoi #27 of the San Jose Sharks on his way to scoring a goal after he stole the puck at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save on a shot taken by Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22), of Sweden, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Vancouver Canucks dives to try to stop Joonas Donskoi #27 of the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
Tommy Wingels #57 of the San Jose Sharks checks Nikita Tryamkin #88 of the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
Dan Hamhuis #2 and Nikita Tryamkin #88 of the Vancouver Canucks steal the puck from Joonas Donskoi #27 of the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal on Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
Vancouver Canucks right wing Linden Vey (7) reaches for the puck against San Jose Sharks defenseman Roman Polak (46) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks checks Paul Martin #7 of the San Jose Sharks as they go for the puck at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
Chris Higgins #20 of the Vancouver Canucks and Roman Polak #46 of the San Jose Sharks go for the puck at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, left, vies for the puck against Vancouver Canucks right wing Emerson Etem (26) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) stretches out to block a shot from Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows, top, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is at left.
Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save on a shot taken by Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California.
San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) blocks a shot from Vancouver Canucks right wing Linden Vey (7) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. Sharks right wing Dainius Zubrus (9) defends.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller (30) blocks a shot from San Jose Sharks center Tommy Wingels (57) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller (30) blocks a shot from San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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