Sharks beat Canucks in shootout 3-2

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, left, of Finland, stops Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler, of Sweden, during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — On the Canucks' team flight to Vancouver, Scott Gomez and Adam Burish were joking that one of them was due to break their goal-scoring drought.

It turns out they both did it on the same night.

Gomez and Burish notched their first goals of the season and Joe Pavelski scored the shootout winner as the San Jose Sharks held on to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night.

"The win is the most important thing, but it does feel nice to score," said Gomez, who has a goal and two assists in 15 games this season. "Obviously, it was time. I know I can score. It's just you've got to shoot to score, and sometimes I have trouble with that. I'm always looking to pass."

Meanwhile, Burish scored his first goal in 45 games on a short-handed breakaway to make it 2-0 San Jose early in the second period.

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