Sharks' Joe Thornton leaves game against Canucks with apparent left leg injury
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 18:59
Things finally went right for Thomas Hertl.
"It's tough", said Hertl, who hadn't scored since February 28. "I expect some goals".
"Sometimes you're trying so hard and everything's going wrong", Hertl said of his slump.
San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton will be reassesed on Monday after appearing to suffer a left leg injury in Sunday night's win over the Vancouver Canucks.
The Sharks are already without centre Logan Couture, who has been out since taking a puck to the face against the Nashville Predators on March 25.
Replacing someone with Thornton's experience won't be easy.
"You can't roll over and just quit", he said. "Hopefully he's only out short-term here". "It's a great challenge for us. we're confident as a group".
"It was a gutsy effort", said DeBoer.
"Take two guys like that out of your lineup, I thought the rest of the guys responded and we got a much-needed two points for us".
The Canucks pressed late before Marleau sealed it into an empty net with his 27th of the year in the dying seconds.
Patrick Marleau scored an empty-netter and Martin Jones stopped 29 shots to help the Sharks win their 11 straight regular-season game at Rogers Arena, dating back to January 21, 2012.
Tomas Hertl opened the scoring 11 minutes when he put a rebound past Ryan Miller. He improved to 5-1-0 in his career against Vancouver.
When the Chicago Blackhawks are in town, it's Couture, along with defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who's tasked with shutting down Patrick Kane's line.
"Guys played a good game once he left and just really kind of locked it down".
"It takes something positive to get our energy up", Miller said. Lately we haven't been good enough at home.
The victory was just the second in 10 games for the Sharks (44-28-7), who clinched a playoff berth on Tuesday. "We played better than the record indicated".
"The key was getting the early lead".
The Sharks won for just the second time in their last 10 games (2-8-0), and snapped both a six-game road losing streak and eight-game losing streak against the Western Conference.
The Canucks' last win in regulation at home came January 20 against the Florida Panthers.
Erik Haula had a goal and assist, Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 shots and the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 Sunday. Vancouver has scored one goal or less in seven of the last 11 games. "That's what kept us alive", Canucks forward Daniel Sedin said. "We're a better team than this. It's fixable. We've just got to get back at it".
Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said a couple of bounces changed the game. He missed three games in 2010 with a lower-body injury and four games in 2015 with an upper-body injury. The Canucks announced before the game that forward Jason Megna had signed a one-year, one-way contract extension worth $675,000. C RW Nikolay Goldobin and D Philip Larsen were healthy scratches.
Up next: After hosting the Canucks on Tuesday, the Sharks remain at home to play the Oilers on Thursday and close out the regular season with the Flames on Saturday.
The 37-year-old alternate captain has been remarkably durable during his time with the Sharks.
San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic needs one assist for 200 in his 11-season National Hockey League career.