Sharks Cs Thornton, Couture remain sidelined by injuries


The Canucks are in action this evening taking on the San Jose Sharks for a second straight game.

While Sharks fans continue to await news about the apparent left-knee injury that Joe Thornton has suffered, former-teammate Jeremy Roenick provided details about the alternate captain's health on his weekly podcast, "Roenick Life" on Monday. Couture is third on the club with 52 points (25 goals, 27 assists).

"Patrick Marleau scored into an empty net to make it 3-1 with 2.6 seconds remaining".

Sven Baertschi scored for the Canucks and Ryan Miller finished with 22 saves.

Hertl started the play on his first goal by stealing the puck from Drew Shore and setting up Jannik Hansen alone at the top of the crease.

Thornton had his knee buckle, and he was unable to put any weight on his leg while being helped into the locker room.

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The Sharks entered play one point up on the Flames for third in Pacific Division after falling 5-2 in Calgary on Friday. San Jose clinched a playoff spot last week, but is just 2-8-0 over its last 10 after a 7-2-0 run.

Calgary hosted Anaheim later Sunday. The Canucks' last win in regulation at home came January 20 against Florida. Hansen tried to pass back to Hertl, but the puck went to Mikkel Boedker, and the rebound off Boedker's backhand left Hertl with an empty net.

With roughly three minutes left in the first period of what became a 3-1 Sharks win over the Canucks, Thornton collided awkwardly with Michael Chaput along the boards inside the Canucks' zone and immediately fell to the ice.

Jones, who came in just 1-5-0 over his last six decisions with an.856 save-percentage, wasn't overly busy, but had the shutout bid broken with 3:53 left when Baertschi's weak shot leaked under his arm for his 18th. Thornton has missed only nine out of a possible 923 games since being acquired from Boston in late November 2005. Tonight marks the first of a three-game homestand for San Jose to conclude the regular season.

"I thought it was a gutsy effort by us", he said.

"Take two guys like that out of your lineup, I thought the rest of the guys responded and we got a much-needed two points for us". The Canucks have signed C Jayson Megna to a one-year contract extension for $675,000.