Andrei Kuzmenko scores in OT, Canucks beat Sharks 4-3

Nov 27, 2022, 5:49 AM | Updated: 8:17 pm
Vancouver Canucks left wing Andrei Kuzmenko celebrates after scoring during overtime in the team's ...

Vancouver Canucks left wing Andrei Kuzmenko celebrates after scoring during overtime in the team's NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Canucks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

              Vancouver Canucks center Curtis Lazar looks to score against San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes battles for the puck against San Jose Sharks left wing Evgeny Svechnikov (10) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen blocks a shot on goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of an NHL hockey game,Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              San Jose Sharks center Nick Bonino reacts after teammate Luke Kunin scored a goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson (40) scores a goal past San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (36) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Canucks won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson (40) points to teammates as he celebrates with Andrei Kuzmenko (96) after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Canucks won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              Vancouver Canucks left wing Andrei Kuzmenko celebrates after scoring during overtime in the team's NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Canucks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Andrei Kuzmenko scored at 1:12 of overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

Kyle Burroughs and Ilya Mikheyev also scored for the Canucks, and Thatcher Demko made 32 saves.

“It’s a big one,” Demko said “That’s one of the ones that we probably haven’t gotten yet this year where, you know, we maybe did some things wrong but stuck together as a group and found a way to win.”

Luke Kunin scored twice, and Logan Couture also connected for San Jose. Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 16 shots for the Sharks.

“Obviously, very frustrating not to win this game. Totally winnable game for us,” Kahkonen said.

Kunin forced overtime, tying it off a pass from Erik Karlsson with 5:15 to go.

“That was courage and character,” Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I mean, you know, we were obviously tired. We were obviously getting outplayed in the third period. But, you know, we found ways to bounce back twice was great.”

Couture gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead on a power play at 7:05 of the third period, scoring his 12th of the season. Mikheyev tied it 1:09 later, and Pettersson put the Canucks up 3-2 on a tip-in with 9:16 left.

“I liked the tempo, for the most part, all night long,” Sharks coach David Quinn said. “Listen, that’s a good hockey team. I know what their record is but look at that lineup. They’ve got a lot of good hockey players.”

UP NEXT:

Canucks: Host Washington on Tuesday night.

Sharks: At Montreal on Tuesday night.

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