Couture, Tierney back Dell's 41-save shutout for Sharks
SAN JOSE -- Logan Couture and Chris Tierney scored twice each to support the 41-save shutout by Aaron Dell as the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 at sold-out SAP Center on Saturday.
The 28-year-old backup goalie recorded his second career shutout by winning for the second time this season and making a career-high number of stops. Dell turned away 21 shots on Dec. 30 of last season against Philadelphia during his rookie campaign.
Couture scored his second of the game and 10th of the season into an empty net at 18:19 of the third period before Tierney scored a short-handed empty-netter on a penalty shot inside the final 40 seconds.
San Jose, which is back in action Sunday night at Los Angeles, won for the fifth time in six games.
The hosts were reeling in the middle period, getting outshot 13-2, before the penalty-killing duo of Tomas Hertl and Couture clicked.
Moments after Couture failed to convert a 2-on-1 short-handed break, he broke in alone after gathering in a puck chipped out of the Sharks end by Hertl. Couture ignored a last-second slash by Thomas Vanek and made a move to his backhand before filling Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom's five-hole at 15:59 for a 2-0 lead.
The Sharks scored the only goal of a first period when they probably felt like they should have had more -- especially during the first 15 minutes when they posted 14 of the game's first 19 shots.
Hertl scored his third goal of the season with the time expiring off the opening faceoff to match the No. 48 on his back. Hertl outmuscled Vancouver defenseman Ben Hutton to gain favorable position at the near post, and punched home a short rebound left on Justin Braun's shot from the point 48 seconds in.
NOTES: LW Loui Eriksson returned to the Vancouver lineup after missing 12 games with a knee injury. He skated alongside the Sedin twins. ... San Jose D Paul Martin (ankle) missed his 13th straight game. ... Couture now has seven career short-handed goals. His last before Saturday came Jan. 8, 2015, at St. Louis. ... The Canucks cap a four-game road trip in Los Angeles on Tuesday. ... The Sharks next visit the Kings on Sunday night. ... RW Jake Virtanen, C Reid Boucher, C Brendan Gonce and D Patrick Wiercloch did not dress for Vancouver. ... D Dylan DeMelo and C Ryan Carpenter were healthy scratches. ... The Sharks announced TV analyst Jamie Baker is taking a leave a absence with the full support of the organization. Bret Hedican moves from radio to TV, and ex-Shark Dave Maley will provide color on the radio.