Kuzmenko’s OT winner lifts Canucks over Sharks for 3rd straight victory

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Andrei Kuzmenko scored at 1:12 of time beyond regulation to provide the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 victory over the Sharks on Sunday evening in San Jose.

Kyle Burroughs, Ilya Mikheyev and Elias Pettersson additionally scored for the Canucks, whereas Thatcher Demko made 32 saves.

“It’s a giant one,” Demko mentioned “That’s one of many ones that we in all probability have not gotten but this yr the place, you already know, we perhaps did some issues mistaken however caught collectively as a gaggle and located a solution to win.”

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Kuzmenko pots time beyond regulation winner for Canucks

Andrei Kuzmenko scored in time beyond regulation to provide the Canucks a 4-3 win over Sharks.

Luke Kunin scored twice, and Logan Couture additionally linked for San Jose. Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 16 pictures for the Sharks.

“Obviously, very irritating to not win this sport. Totally winnable sport for us,” Kahkonen mentioned.

Kunin pressured time beyond regulation, tying it off a move from Erik Karlsson with 5:15 to go.

“That was braveness and character,” Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau mentioned. “I imply, you already know, we have been clearly drained. We have been clearly getting outplayed within the third interval. But, you already know, we discovered methods to bounce again twice was nice.”

Couture gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead on an influence play at 7:05 of the third interval, scoring his twelfth of the season. Mikheyev tied it 1:09 later, and Pettersson put the Canucks up 3-2 on a tip-in with 9:16 left.

“I appreciated the tempo, for probably the most half, all evening lengthy,” Sharks coach David Quinn mentioned. “Listen, that is an excellent hockey workforce. I do know what their file is however have a look at that lineup. They’ve bought a variety of good hockey gamers.”

The Canucks will subsequent face the Washington Capitals in Vancouver on Tuesday evening.

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