By Andrew Chernoff
September 27, 2016
Vancouver (0-0-1) opened up its 2016 preseason schedule with a 3-2 overtime loss on the road to the San Jose Sharks (1-0-0) last night.
Kevin LeBanc scored the overtime winner to lift the Sharks to the victory at the SAP Center.
Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi had goals for the Canucks, with Jake Virtanen, Jordan Subban and Ashton Sautner picking up assists.
Canucks goalie Richard Bachman allowed no goals and had 20 saves in 27:25 of work before goalie Michael Garteig came in to finish the game for Vancouver.
Canuck coach Willie Desjardins stressed to reporters before the game, that the line of Baertschi-Horvat-Virtanen, was Vancouver’s “go-to line”.
The “go-to-line” had 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist), 5 shots and 3 hits. Horvat was 20 for 23 in the face-off circle for 87-percent.
Vancouver led 1-0 after the first period, with both teams tied 1-1 after the second and 2-2 at end of regulation play.
The Sharks outshot Vancouver 33-15, with the Canucks outhitting San Jose 38-23.
Canucks special teams were 0 for 5 on the power play and a perfect 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.
Vancouver was also 32 for 50: 64-percent in face-offs in the game.
Jake Virtanen did not play in the final period due to a shoulder injury.
Canucks next play Edmonton in Vancouver tonight at Rogers Arena.