Sharks survive Canucks, shootout

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Two offseason acquisitions who hadn't found the back of the net did just that Tuesday night, getting the Sharks to a shootout where goals by two of the usual suspects – Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski – gave San Jose a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Goals by Scott Gomez and Adam Burish had the Sharks up 2-0, but the Canucks had tied the score by the end of the second period.

Brad Stuart added two assists and Antti Niemi made 36 saves for San Jose, which won its second straight game after a stretch in which it went 2-6-4.

Gomez's goal was his first of the season and just his 10th in his last 133 NHL games. Burish scored his first goal in 45 games.

The Sharks have not scored more than three goals in a game since they beat Vancouver 4-1 on Jan. 27 as part of a 5-0 start.

Henrik Sedin and Jannik Hansen scored for Vancouver.

Blackhawks 5, Wild 3 in Chicago – Chicago set a franchise record with its 10th consecutive victory and extended its points streak to 29 games.

Chicago (20-0-3) remained the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss.

The Blackhawks also broke a tie with the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for the second-longest points streak in league history.

Islanders 6, Canadiens 3 in Uniondale, N.Y. – Radek Martinek scored the tiebreaking goal eight minutes into the third period and New York handed Montreal its first regulation loss in nearly a month.

Montreal hadn't lost in regulation since a 6-0 defeat at home against Toronto on Feb. 9.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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