SAN JOSE — Alex Edler and Chris Bonino scored second-period goals and Ryan Miller preserved the lead through the final second as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Sharks 3-2 on Thursday at the SAP Center.
Joe Thornton appeared to tie the score in the closing second for San Jose. But the goal was overturned when replay showed the puck crossed the line just after the clock hit zero.
Radim Vrbata also scored and Miller made 34 saves. The Canucks got off to a good start on their three-game California swing that finishes with games at Los Angeles and Anaheim during the weekend.
James Sheppard and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who controlled the play but still lost in their final game before a grueling trip of seven road games in 11 days. Antti Niemi made 16 saves.
Vancouver won just two of 14 games last season against the three California teams, playing a big role in the Canucks missing the playoffs in their first season in the new Pacific Division.
James Sheppard and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks.