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Canucks, Sharks wrap regular-season series

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks have seen plenty of each other over the first quarter of the season.

Following Thursday night's battle in Vancouver, they won't see each other again this season unless they meet in the playoffs.

The Sharks bested the Canucks twice during their 6-0 start to the season, recording a pair of 4-1 wins. The two opened the season against each other in San Jose before meeting seven days later in Vancouver.

The Canucks finally got some payback last Thursday with a 4-2 win over the Sharks in San Jose, snapping a five-game series losing streak. They have still lost four of the past five encounters at home.

San Jose's loss last week to Vancouver was the lone regulation setback of a five-game slide the club snapped on Tuesday in Calgary. The skid featured an overtime setback and three shootout defeats, but the Sharks managed a 3-2 OT triumph against the Flames.

It wasn't pretty as the Sharks blew a two-goal lead in the third period, but escaped with the win when Joe Thornton's shot from the right circle deflected off Brad Stuart and into the net at the 1:13 mark of the extra frame.

Thornton got his second assist of the game on the play and has six points over his last five games. Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist, while Logan Couture also scored and backup netminder Alex Stalock only had to make 11 saves for the win.

"I liked that we only gave up 13 shots but it's not good that we let them get back into the game in the third," said San Jose head coach Todd McLellan. "But if you look at the whole guy, I thought it was a good effort. It would have been nice to have a few more goals, but the defense was sound."

San Jose has now split the first two contests of a five-game road trip.

The Canucks, meanwhile, went 1-2-1 on a four-game road trip, with the lone victory coming in San Jose. They concluded the swing on Sunday with a 3-1 setback versus the Anaheim Ducks.

Tom Sestito scored and Eddie Lack had 20 saves.

It was a rough trip for Vancouver's top line of Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler. The Sedin twins were held without a point in the final three contests after both had an assist in the first game, while Kesler had a goal and a helper in the four contests.

"It's been a struggle the past few games," Vancouver coach John Tortorella noted of his top line. "We know what they are as people. We know what they are as players. It's been a struggle the past two, three games here. They're going to bounce out of it and they're going to be the players that we know they are."

Vancouver will now begin a six-game homestand looking to improve on its 4-3-0 record as the host.

With both backups having started their respective clubs previous game, tonight's contest should feature San Jose's Antti Niemi and Roberto Luongo of Vancouver for the fourth time this season.

Niemi, who has started 16 of his club's 18 games this season, has posted a 2.48 goals against average in the three meetings in 2013-14 and is 8-7-2 with a 2.75 GAA in 17 lifetime matchups with the Canucks.

Luongo is 10-12-3 with a tie and 2.74 GAA in his career when facing the Sharks with a 3.02 GAA in the three games this season.

Thornton (1 goal, 3 assists) and Couture (4a) both have four points this season versus the Canucks, while Marleau has scored twice.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin have just one assist each over the previous three meetings, while Kesler is pointless.

11/14 11:00:28 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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