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Higgins, Canucks best Sharks

San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Higgins posted a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Canucks took a 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

Zack Kassian, Brad Richardson and Mike Santorelli all lit the lamp for the Canucks, who have won six of their last eight games. Roberto Luongo made 22 stops in the win.

"No matter what happens in the game, we've been resilient as far as staying focused," Luongo said. "Just sticking to the game plan. Lots of things have happened already this year, but we've responded every time. That's a really good sign for our team."

Mike Brown and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, who have dropped four straight games. Antti Niemi gave up all four goals on 13 shots before being pulled early in the second period. Alex Stalock stopped all 21 shots he faced in relief.

"I don't think we played very well in the first or second, and we just couldn't catch up in the third," said Thornton. "We're too talented to be losing games like this."

Both teams scored on their first shot as Thornton got the Sharks on the board just 1:17 in as he dumped the puck behind the net from the left boards and it hopped over the top of the net, with Luongo knocking it in as he tried to glove the puck.

Just three minutes later, Vancouver got the goal back as Richardson scored on a turnaround shot from the right post that snuck past Niemi.

The Canucks then took a 2-1 lead at 9:25 of the first as a quick shot on net from Higgins at the low left side saw the rebound come out front and Santorelli bang it in.

The Sharks tied the game 1:20 later. James Sheppard got behind the defense to create a 2-on-0. Brown scored on a one-timer for his first of the season.

Vancouver, though, took a 3-2 lead into the second period as a weak cross-ice pass by a Shark saw Alex Burrows push the puck behind the defense and Higgins fire it home with 1:05 left in the first stanza.

Just 5:22 into the second, the Canucks made it a 4-2 game as a hard shot by Kevin Bieksa at the right point went off of Kassian in front of the net.

Luongo made five saves in the second then stopped 13 in the third to make the lead stand up.

Game Notes

Vancouver plays in Los Angeles on Saturday ... San Jose starts a five-game road trip in Winnipeg on Sunday ... Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play ... The Sharks had won five straight against the Canucks coming into the game.

11/08 03:16:21 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
 
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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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