VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — 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.
"We played a great game. I thought they got a really lucky break on their tying goal and they get a power play in OT and that's it," said Luongo, who made 28 saves. "That's how close the NHL is. We're a minute away from playing what I thought was a really great game, and all of a sudden it turns into a loss."
Antti Niemi made 34 saves for the Sharks (12-2-5), who had dropped five of six and were outplayed for long stretches Thursday.
"Sometimes you're on the wrong end of these kind of games," said Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who scored his first goal of the season. "Getting a point is a positive against the top teams, but two points was right there. It's early in the season. You don't want to get too down on yourself, but we deserved those two points."
In a scheduling quirk, it was the final meeting of the regular season between the Canucks and Sharks even though both are in the Pacific Division. San Jose won three and lost one.
"It's a kick in the teeth to lose it, but looking at the big picture and some of the things we did against a pretty good hockey club, that's what we are going to take out of this," Canucks coach John Tortorella said. "We played a really good game right on through."
Bieksa broke the scoreless tie on a power play at 13:40 of the second period when his shot from the point found its way through traffic past Niemi. Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows missed a great chance moments earlier before Sedin fed Bieksa for the one-timer.