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Canucks 6, Sharks 3

February 8, 1998

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Todd Bertuzzi scored the winning goal and picked up an assist on his first shift with Vancouver as the Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 6-3 Saturday.

Bertuzzi’s linemate Dave Scatchard got his eighth and ninth goals of the season as the Canucks won their second straight on the heels of a three-day trading blitz.

The Canucks head into the Olympic break having won four of their last five. Their 16-33-8 record puts them nine points behind San Jose (21-28-7) in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

For the second straight night, a Canucks’ trade paid off in the first minute of play. On Friday night, Peter Zezel scored 53 seconds into a 5-4 win over Edmonton.

Both teams struggled on the power play, the Sharks going 0-for-5 and the Canucks 0-for-4.

The Canucks scored the first of three straight goals at the 57-second mark when Scatchard banged home a rebound after Bertuzzi’s wraparound attempt was stopped by Sharks’ goaltender Mike Vernon.

Marco Sturm opened the scoring for the Sharks later in the first period and Bertuzzi struck again at 13:34 of second with a 15-foot wrist shot over Vernon’s left shoulder.

It was Bertuzzi’s first goal since arriving with defenseman Bryan McCabe in a Friday trade that sent center Trevor Linden to the New York Islanders.

The Sharks cut it to 4-3 late in the third, but goals by Pavel Bure and Scatchard gave the Canucks the 6-3 victory.

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