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    Canucks (43-16-9) @ Sharks (39-22-6) - 3/10 Game Thread

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    VANCOUVER CANUCKS @ SAN JOSE SHARKS

    Thursday: March 10th, 2011 @ 7:30 PM PT
    TV: SNET-P (HD), RADIO: Team 1040

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    TEAM LEADERS

    VANCOUVER.................. SAN JOSE
    Daniel Sedin 34....Goals....27 Patrick Marleau
    Henrik Sedin 63..Assists..38 Joe Thornton
    Daniel Sedin 84....Points....55 Dany Heatley
    Bieksa/Hamhuis 26....+/-....17 Logan Couture
    Maxim Lapierre 74......PIM....107 Jamal Mayers

    GOALTENDER COMPARISON

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    Cory Schneider...Antti Niemi

    19...GPI...46
    2.14...GAA...2.37
    .928...SV%....919
    1...SO...5

    TEAM STATS

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    ..............................68  	GP  	67
    ..............................43 	W 	39
    ..............................16 	L 	22
    ..............................9 	OT 	6
    ..............................95 	P 	84
    ..............................0.699 	P% 	0.627
    ..............................3.19	G/G 	2.73
    ..............................2.25 	GA/G 	2.49
    ..............................24.0 	PP% 	22.4
    ..............................86.4 	PK% 	81.0
    ..............................31.9 	S/G 	33.9
    ..............................30.0 	SA/G 	28.4
    ..............................55.4 	FO% 	53.5
    GAME PREVIEW
    The San Jose Sharks are one of the hottest teams in the NHL with nine wins in 10 games while the Vancouver Canucks have been perfect on their five-game trip.

    One of these division leaders will have its momentum slowed Thursday night as the teams meet for the final time unless they square off in the playoffs.

    San Jose (39-22-6) has used its surge to open a lead atop the Pacific Division and move away from a pack of playoff contenders in the tightly packed Western Conference.

    Patrick Marleau's overtime goal gave the Sharks a 3-2 win at Nashville on Tuesday. Eleven of their last 13 games have been decided by one goal.

    "With the race so close, you can't slide a couple games," Marleau said. "It's even hard to give up one game, two points in this race."

    Vancouver (43-16-9) has the most points in the NHL with 95 and appears to have gotten back on track on this road trip. The Canucks have won the first three of this five-game trip after alternating wins and losses during a 12-game stretch.

    "We've been finding different ways to win so far on this road trip, which is nice," goalie Roberto Luongo said. "We've been playing some solid hockey, I think, not giving up too much and getting timely goals, which is very important at this stage of the season."

    The Sedin twins have combined for 10 points on this trip, including six in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime victory at Phoenix. Both assisted on Dam Hamhuis' game-winner.

    Each brother enters with six points during a five-game streak against San Jose. The Sedins have totaled seven points in three meetings this season, with Vancouver going 2-0-1.

    Daniel leads the NHL with 84 points and Henrik has 79.

    Vancouver allowed a rare power-play goal Tuesday, the fifth in its opponents' last 73 chances. The Canucks' penalty kill is the best in the West at 86.4 percent.

    The Sharks went 1 for 2 on the power play Tuesday after a 1-for-12 slump over their previous four games. Coach Todd McLellan made changes, with Devin Setoguchi moving to the top line with Marleau and Joe Thornton while having Dany Heatley join Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe.

    McLellan would not commit to the changes going forward.

    "We'll see," he said. "We know we have the ability to move people around. And we'll continue to do that as need be."

    Marleau has scored in the last three games for San Jose. He did not take a shot Tuesday until his game-winner.

    "That's what Patty does," McLellan said. "He's leading us in goals now and he's scored some big ones down the stretch."

    Antti Niemi is 9-1-0 with a 1.74 goals-against average in his last 10 starts. He's got a 3.60 GAA in the three games against Vancouver this season.

    Luongo has a 0.96 GAA in two starts against the Sharks this season, but he's 0-2-1 with a 2.63 GAA in his last three at HP Pavilion.

    Backup Cory Schneider, who recorded his first career shutout with 26 saves in Sunday's 3-0 victory at Anaheim, is 1-1-0 with a 5.99 GAA in two career starts against San Jose.
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    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    Pretty important game. Sharks are a good tough team and they are red hot lately for the most part.
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    Raymond and Higgins are both playing.

    Boyle is out for San Jose, as well as Huskins and Nichol.
    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    Good 1st period. Up 2-0!
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    Great job Cory!

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    Cory is amazing this game. We're lucky it's not 6-3 san jose. Cory making huge saves.
    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    Helluva game so far. First 2 periods have been great, and this will be a great 3rd. It's nice being in a position where a loss isn't the end of the world.
    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    Jesus this is the worst power play ever. Horrible turnover by Salo.
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    Our PK might be the best in the league. I know statistically we're ranked 2nd... but jeez it's amazing.
    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    I feel like their PK has more shots then our PP tonight. They have had a lot of chances on the PK.
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    Seems like they get at least 2 odd man rushes while they're on the PK.
    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    Malholtra had a shorthanded breakaway, but Niemi save. God damnit, that might come back to haunt us.
    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    Mitchell ties it up. What a great goal by san jose and horrible defense by Tanev.
    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    **** **** ****
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    That was a nice goal. This honestly feels like a playoff game. Its unreal. We need to win this game.
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