Sharks beat Canucks, lose Joe Thornton to apparent left leg injury

Thornton hurt his left knee on Sunday in Vancouver.

On this Sunday afternoon, a healthy Meier ends up being the odd man out for the San Jose Sharks following the pre-game warm up, and watches the team's 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks from press row. Couture has 25 goals and 52 points this season. Patrick Marleau added an empty netter.

Tomas Hertl's two first period goals and Martin Jones' 29 saves led the Sharks to just their second win in their last 10 games. "Couture's out, (Thornton) only played five minutes".

Unable to put weight on the leg, he labored to the Sharks bench with the support of his stick and stumbled to the dressing room, aided by trainers. San Jose is clinging to third place in the Pacific Division, three points ahead of Calgary with three games to play. The Canucks' last win in regulation at home came January 20 against Florida.

At the time of Thornton's injury, the Sharks were leading 2-0 on two goals by Hertl at the 11:00 and 12:51 marks, with his first goal snapping a 16-game goal drought. Vancouver forward Drew Shore was stripped in his own zone, with the puck eventually finding its way to Mikkel Boedker. His initial backhand was stopped by Miller before Hertl popped home the rebound for his ninth of the season.

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The Sharks' forward then made it 2-0 just under two minutes later when Marc-Edouard Vlasic's point shot hit Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler in front and bounced right to Hertl, who buried his second.

Jones, who came in just 1-5-0 over his last six decisions with a pedestrian.856 save percentage, wasn't overly busy, but had the shutout bid broken with 3:53 when Baertschi's weak shot leaked under his arm for his 18th. Tonight marks the first of a three-game homestand for San Jose to conclude the regular season.

"I think it shows up on the ice in frustration", Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller told the league's official website.

We spend so much time in our kitchens and with that, sometimes we can get bored of their. He entered Sunday with 1,391 career points, tied for 22nd all-time with Brett Hull. Miller and Hansen, who received an ovation after a video tribute before the ensuing faceoff, shared some laughs during a brief chat afterward.

  • Tabitha Byrd