VANCOUVER — Martin Jones stopped 30 shots as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in pre-season action Tuesday.
Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl each had a goal and assist, and Paul Martin and Nikolay Goldobin also scored for San Jose, which dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to Vancouver a night earlier in the exhibition opener for both teams in Victoria.
Ryan Miller started and made seven saves for the Canucks before being replaced midway through the second period by Joe Cannata, who finished with 11 stops.
Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann made their pre-season debuts for Vancouver. The 2014 first-round picks are among a group of young forwards hoping to crack the lineup out of training camp as the Canucks continue to retool their roster on the fly.
The chances of seeing a rookie stick with the club when the season opens on Oct. 7 in Calgary against the Flames increased when it was announced before the game that veteran winger Chris Higgins suffered a fractured right foot after blocking a shot on Monday.
The Canucks and Sharks went with rosters that mixed youth with experience on Tuesday at Rogers Arena, with Henrik and Daniel Sedin among the NHL veterans who suited up for Vancouver, while San Jose countered with the likes of Burns, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture.
Martin opened the scoring 2:41 into the first, beating Miller with a shot through traffic after taking a feed from John McCarthy.
The Canucks couldn’t convert on two power plays later in the period, and Burns made it 2-0 with 2:44 left on another shot that found its way through a screen and past Miller.
Jones — a former backup goalie with the Los Angeles Kings who was traded twice this off-season — made a nice stop on McCann’s tipped effort with about eight minutes left in the second before denying another chance with a toe save moments later.
San Jose made it 3-0 at 9:25 of the third on the power play when Matt Tennyson’s one-timer from the top of the faceoff circle went off Hertl in front and past Cannata.
Goldobin then scored the Sharks’ fourth of the night on another man advantage at 12:37.
Despite the 4-0 score, the Sharks and Canucks played five minutes of 3-on-3 overtime period as NHL teams get accustomed to the new format implemented for this season, but neither team could find the range.
Notes: Higgins will be re-evaluated in three weeks. … Vancouver reduced its exhibition roster by 12 earlier Tuesday. Two junior-age players were returned to their CHL teams, while 10 others, including defenceman Jordan Subban, were assigned to the Utica Comets’ training camp. … The Canucks’ next pre-season game is Friday in Calgary.
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Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press