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Canucks lose Bertuzzi, Ohlund, 14-game unbeaten streak

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-- and had a goal and an assist apiece as the San Jose snapped the Vancouver ' NHL-best 14-game unbeaten streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday night. also scored, and made 23 saves for the , who have won three straight games for just the second time all season. and scored in the third period, but it wasn't enough to keep Vancouver from losing its first game since Jan. 24. The loss might have been especially costly for the , who started without No.1 goaltender (sprained knee) and finished without and . Bertuzzi left 4:20 into the second period after he was hit flush near the left eye by the tip of Nabokov's stick as he followed through on a clearing attempt. Bertuzzi, who started the game fifth in NHL scoring with 73 points, left immediately with what was announced only as an eye injury. He did not return. Ohlund left less than 12 minutes later, after a collision along the boards with after the whistle. Ohlund, who lay on the ice clutching his left knee and writhing in pain, had to be helped off and did not return. There was no penalty on either play. Damphousse opened the scoring from the top of the crease 13:49 into the game, deflecting 's waist-high shot from the left circle past after the failed on a couple of attempts to clear the zone. San Jose tripled its lead on the power play in the second period. First it was on a breakaway by Nolan at 2:39. Then Marleau finished off a pretty give-and-go with midway through the period. Skudra made a couple of brilliant saves to keep San Jose from converting a lengthy 5-on-3 late in the period, and Malik put the on the board 3:54 into the third. , stopped on a breakaway late in the second, wired a wrist shot off the right wing and Malik snapped in the rebound on the other side. The assist gave Naslund 84 points, moving him one ahead of in the NHL scoring race. Sedin pulled the within a goal on a wraparound at 8:07, but the couldn't put the tying goal past Nabokov. Nabokov, who was great early in the game, made a sprawling stop on during a 3-on-2 power-play rush with eight minutes left. The finished 2-for-6 with the man advantage and held the scoreless on four-power play chances, extending their perfect penalty-killingstreak to eight games and 30 chances. Notes Things got a little ugly shortly after Ohlund's injury as took a two-minute instigator and 10-minute misconduct trying to fight through the linesmen to get at after he hung a knee on . ... Vancouver also was missing C because of an abdominal strain. San Jose is eight points back of Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Tagged: Penguins, Sharks, Canucks, Evgeni Nabokov, Mattias Ohlund, Dan Cloutier, Henrik Sedin

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