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(Thursday, October 10th)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Vancouver 1
Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Brent Burns had one goal and one assist as the San Jose Sharks cruised to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
Matt Pelech, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 4-0 this season. Antti Niemi made 25 saves in the win.
"There weren't any freebies. A good one for us to play in," San Jose head coach Todd McClellan said.
Rookie Tomas Hertl, who scored four goals in San Jose's 9-2 thrashing of the New York Rangers on Tuesday, did not record a point.
Mike Santorelli scored a goal and Roberto Luongo made 25 saves for the Canucks, whose only two losses this season have come to the Sharks.
"Against a team like that you got to play 60 minutes if you want to give yourself a chance," Luongo said.
Burns skated into the Vancouver zone and passed the puck to Vlasic at the point. Vlasic quickly unleashed a writer past Luongo to make it 1-0 with just under eight minutes left in the opening period.
Later in the frame, James Sheppard corralled a loose puck behind the net. Pelech crashed towards the net and took Sheppard's pass and sent the disc past Luongo for a 2-0 lead.
Santorelli got the Canucks on the boards after deflecting Ryan Stanton's shot in traffic midway through the middle session.
Marleau, though, answered back just 1 1/2 minutes later with a slapshot from the left wing.
Burns capped the scoring with a wrist shot with 2:19 remaining.
The Sharks have outscored their opponents 21-5 this season ... Marleau has three goals this season, three behind Hertl's team-leading six markers ... The Sharks with host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday ... The Canucks will host the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
10/11 02:40:17 ET