Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) eyes the puck as his team plays the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jim Gensheimer)

Pettersson scores 2 as Canucks roll to 5-2 win over Sharks

Demko has 24 saves for Vancouver

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Elias Pettersson scored two goals, Thatcher Demko had 24 saves and the Vancouver Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Saturday night.

Brandon Sutter, Jake Virtanen and Adam Gaudette also scored as the Canucks (9-3-2) won for the ninth time in 12 games.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored a short-handed goal for San Jose (4-10-1), which has lost five straight and seven of eight.

Demko, a 23-year-old former Boston College standout who won the Mike Richter Award for the most outstanding Division I NCAA goalie in 2016, was seeking his first career shutout when Vlasic scored his second goal of the season with just over nine minutes left in the game.

Bo Horvat had two assists for the Canucks. He has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last seven games.

Aaron Dell had 23 saves for San Jose.

The Sharks were 12-1-1 in their last 14 games against Vancouver. They were 3-1 against the Canucks last season.

Sutter scored the game’s first goal just over four minutes into the first period.

The nephew of former Sharks coach Darryl Sutter scored his fourth goal on a backhander just outside the goalie’s circle.

Pettersson scored his fifth goal midway through the second period. The Canucks centre has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in his last seven games.

The Canucks took a 3-0 lead at 45 seconds of the second period when Dell inadvertently dragged the puck past the red line with his pad after stopping a shot by Virtanen.

Gaudette broke the game open with his second goal with just over five minutes left in the second period.

Pettersson scored his sixth goal scored on a power play at 12:23 of the third to make it 5-1.

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The Sharks’ penalty-killing unit hadn’t given up a goal at home this season in 20 previous disadvantages.

Evander Kane scored his eighth goal for San Jose in the closing seconds.

NOTES: Vancouver rookie D Quinn Hughes was not in the lineup against San Jose after suffering a lower body injury in Friday’s overtime loss to Anaheim… The Canucks recalled D Oscar Fantenberg from Utica of the AHL… Sharks Jonny Brodzinski was out of the lineup with a shoulder injury he suffered in Friday’s Winnipeg game. Coach Pete DeBoer said his status is day-to-day… Referee Francis Charron stayed in the game after being dropped to the ice after being struck in his face by a deflected puck late in the second period.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Host St. Louis on Tuesday.

Sharks: Host Chicago on Tuesday.

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