Canucks fall to Sharks in opener
Justin Braun scored his first goal in more than 19 months to break a tie late in the second period and the San Jose Sharks went on to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
The Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Justin Braun scored his first goal in more than 19 months to break a tie late in the second period and the San Jose Sharks went on to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau and Tommy Wingels also scored for the Sharks, who have won eight straight against the Canucks, including a sweep in the first round of the playoffs last season. Antti Niemi made 21 saves.
Jason Garrison scored a power-play goal and Roberto Luongo made 31 saves for the Canucks, who lost in the debut of new coach John Tortorella.
“We had a really good start,” Tortorella said. “The first 10 minutes we played the way we should. Then after we scored, we turned a couple over and we lost the momentum.”
The Canucks opened this season on the same ice they ended the last one on after the disappointing early playoff exit led to the firing of coach Alain Vigneault.
Tortorella arrived and preached toughness and tighter defensive play and got results on an improved penalty-kill unit that kept the Sharks off the score sheet on seven chances, including a two-man advantage for two minutes. The Canucks allowed seven power-play goals in the four playoff games last season.
But Vancouver still wound up on the short end as San Jose got the better of the even strength play and did not let the blown 5-on-3 chance tilt the momentum in the second period.
Luongo was sharp early in his first game back as the top goalie in Vancouver after the offseason trade of Cory Schneider to New Jersey.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Patrick Roy got into a screaming match with an opposing coach, pushed over a glass partition, received a game misconduct and was reprimanded by the NHL.
Quite an eventful start to his coaching career with the Colorado Avalanche.
On Wednesday, Roy lost his cool shortly after the final horn in a 6-1 win over Anaheim, yelling at Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.
The league fined Roy $10,000.
What set the Hall of Fame goalie off was a knee-to-knee hit between rookie Nathan MacKinnon and Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy late in the game. Roy thought Lovejoy’s hit was unnecessary.
Boudreau called Roy’s antics “bush league” and added that “(Roy is) going to be in for a long year, if he’s going to yell at every player and yell at the refs at every stoppage of play. It’s not the way the game is played.”
Roy fumed over that assertion, saying Boudreau lied and was “classless.”
• The Boston Bruins signed Dennis Seidenberg to a contract extension, rewarding the defensemen who twice helped them reach the Stanley Cup Final with $16 million over the next four years.
• Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville signed a five-year, $28 million extension.
• Oft-injured Buffalo Sabres left wing Ville Leino is out of the lineup because of a broken rib.