Canucks drop pre-season opener 0
Hunter Shinkaruk scored his first NHL pre-season goal for the Canucks on Monday. (Carmine Marinelli, QMI Agency)
The Vancouver Canucks began their 2013 campaign pretty much the same way as how they finished last season — in a loss at the hands of the San Jose Sharks.
Considering the heavy number of rookies featured on both sides of the ice Monday, the Canucks weren't exactly planning to claim revenge from that first-round playoff sweep even if they had won. But they still couldn't get the job done after opening their pre-season play with a 3-2 defeat to the Sharks at Rogers Arena.
Tommy Wingels scored the power play winner on a tip from a Joe Pavelski shot with 3:53 left in regulation. Despite a Canucks man advantage soon after, they couldn't beat Sharks goalie Alex Stalock, who finished with 14 saves and faced just two shots in the third period.
Pavelski opened the scoring for the visitors halfway into the first period on a rebound past goalie Eddie Lack before 2012 first round pick Brendan Gaunce replied for the Canucks, also on a rebound.
Left winger John McCarthy had the lone goal in the middle frame to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
As part of the game plan, goalie Joe Cannata came in to play the third period after starter Lack finished with 25 saves through 40 minutes.
Canucks rookie winger Hunter Shinkaruk, who started the game on the top line with Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows, tallied the equalizer with a terrific top-shelf snipe just 1:15 into the third period.
"That was definitely one I'll never forget," Shinkaruk said. "I saw a little bit of corner up there and it's not every time that goes it … but I'm lucky that it just worked out."
The Canucks were 0-for-five on the power play while the Sharks went one-for-seven.
Vancouver will play their next pre-season game Wednesday at home to the Edmonton Oilers.