Jeff Chiu Associated Press Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) tries to control the puck as Vancouver center Jordan Schroeder defends in the first period.

Thornton, Sharks earn 5th win in row

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2013 - 7:48 am

SAN JOSE – Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist during a second-period scoring flurry, and San Jose beat Vancouver 3-2 on Monday for its fifth straight victory.

San Jose broke a scoreless tie with three goals in a span of 2:13 against Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider, then held on and completed a season sweep of Vancouver.

It didn't come easily, as the Canucks got goals from Chris Higgins and Alex Burrows to pull within one. But the Sharks prevailed and extended their longest win streak since taking seven straight to open the season.

Trade speculation continues to swirl around San Jose forward Ryane Clowe, who was a healthy scratch, but the Sharks are grabbing enough attention for what's happening on the ice.

They remain in the No. 6 playoff position in the Western Conference but trail Los Angeles by just one point for the fifth spot.

• The Sharks dealt center Michal Handzus to Chicago for a fourth-round draft pick. Handzus has converted three of seven chances in shootouts.

Kings – Los Angeles acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr from Buffalo for two second-round draft picks.

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