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Vancouver Canucks' Hunter Shinkaruk, left, and Yannick Weber, of Switzerland, celebrate Shinkaruk's goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Monday September 16, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
September 16, 2013 - 9:51 PM

VANCOUVER - Tommy Wingels' goal at 16:07 of the third period lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in NHL pre-season action Monday night.

Wingels deflected in Joe Pavelski's point shot during a power play with Canucks veteran Alex Burrows was off for roughing.

Wingels and Pavelski both produced a goal and an assist for the Sharks while John McCarthy scored their other goal.

Brendan Gaunce and Hunter Shinkaruk replied for the Canucks while defenceman Henrik Tommernes recorded two assists.

It was the first game of the exhibition season for both clubs. The Canucks went with six NHL regulars from last season, including Burrows and Ryan Kesler. Frank Corrado, 20, who toiled for Vancouver late in the season after completing his junior campaign, also played. Daniel and Henrik Sedin were among veterans who received the night off.

Shinkaruk, one of Vancouver's two first-round draft picks this year, started the game on a line with Burrows and Kesler and also saw some power-play time with them.

The Sharks used seven players who finished the season as regulars.

One of them, Pavelski, put the Sharks on the scoreboard first as he one-timed a rebound past Canucks starting goaltender Eddie Lack, who is vying for Vancouver's backup job.

Gaunce, Vancouver's top 2012 draft pick (26th overall), knotted the score at 17:46 of the opening period as he put Dale Weise's rebound in off a San Jose defenceman's stick. Although Shinkaruk didn't get an assist on the play, he factored into it by charging to the net and creating a distraction for San Jose goalie Alex Stalock while attempting to deflect the initial shot.

McCarthy, who spent most of his five pro seasons in the minors, put San Jose ahead 2-1 at 17:09 of the second period as he one-timed Scott Hannan's pass from the corner.

Joe Cannata, who split his first full pro season between Vancouver's former Chicago Wolves farm club in the AHL and the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL, played the third period in goal for the Canucks. Lack finished with 25 saves on 27 shots.

Shinkaruk created a 2-2 tie just 1:15 into the final period on a high shot from a sharp angle. Feigning to pass from near the goal-line, he fired the puck over Stalock's back.

Cannata recorded 13 saves as the Sharks outshot the Canucks 15-2 in the third period and 42-15 overall.

Notes: New Canucks coach John Tortorella watched his club from Vancouver's management box. Assistants Mike Sullivan and Glen Gulutzan ran Vancouver's bench. ... Sharks coach Todd McLellan viewed the proceedings from his usual spot behind their bench. ... Vancouver killed a San Jose two-man advantage in the first period.

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