VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Vancouver Canucks were about a minute from celebrating a hard-earned victory Thursday night. Instead, they were left to ponder what went wrong against an opponent that almost always has their number.
Tomas Hertl tied the game on a broken play with 65 seconds left in regulation and Dan Boyle won it with a power-play goal at 2:38 of overtime as the San Jose Sharks stunned the Canucks 2-1.
Vancouver had killed off 28 straight power plays until Boyle beat Roberto Luongo with a shot that stood up after a video review.
“This becomes the game, you hear hockey people talk about the hockey gods, where it starts to even out,” San Jose coach Todd McLellan said.
“We weren’t the better team tonight and we have been on the other end of that where we were the better team and found a way not to win it. Tonight we found a way to come back.”
The Sharks have won 10 of their last 11 against the Canucks.
Vancouver led late in the third period until Boyle’s flubbed shot from the point found its way to Hertl at the side of the net. The Czech teenager put the puck past a helpless Luongo for his 11th of the season, which leads all rookies.
Canucks captain Henrik Sedin was whistled for hooking in overtime, and the Sharks’ power play clicked.
Stars 7, Flames 3
In Calgary, Tyler Seguin scored four goals and Jamie Benn had a career-high six points to lead Dallas over the slumping Flames.
Lightning 5, Ducks 1
In Tampa, Valtteri Filppula had two goals and an assist and goalie Ben Bishop won his 13th game this season as the Lightning beat Anaheim in a marquee matchup of conference leaders.
Blackhawks 5, Coyotes 4 (SO)
In Chicago, Jonathan Toews and rookie Brandon Pirri scored in a four-round shootout to help the hosts beat Phoenix for their fourth straight win.
Blues 7, Avalanche 3
In St. Louis, Alexander Steen scored his league-leading 15th and 16th goals as the Blues’ slumping power play woke up with three goals against Colorado.
Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT)
In Boston, Milan Lucic scored on a breakaway 4:11 into overtime to lift the Bruins over Columbus.
Kings 3, Islanders 2
In Uniondale, Tyler Toffoli deflected in the winning goal with 1:27 left as Los Angeles stunned the Islanders by scoring three times in the third period.