Joe Thornton leads Sharks to 3-2 win over Canucks

  • Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22), from Sweden, and San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) fight for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN JOSE — Speculation swirls around what San Jose might do before the trade deadline, but the Sharks are creating enough of a stir with their play on the ice.

Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist during a second-period scoring flurry and the Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.

San Jose broke a scoreless tie with three goals in a span of 2:13 against Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider, then held on and completed a season sweep of Vancouver.

With Wednesday's trade deadline approaching, Sharks forward Ryane Clowe is rumored to be going to any number of teams. The fact he was a healthy scratch Monday certainly suggested a deal is looming.

Clowe's teammates extended San Jose's longest win streak since taking seven straight to open the season. They remain in the No. 6 playoff position in the Western Conference but trail Los Angeles by just one point for fifth and Vancouver by two points for fourth.

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