Klatt's second goal breaks tie with 4:37 left

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Trent Klatt watched his team blow a two-goal lead in the third period and was intent on doing something about it.

Klatt scored his second goal of the game with 4:37 left as the Vancouver Canucks won their home opener, beating the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Saturday night.

San Jose rallied to tie the game on Marco Sturm's second goal of the period at 14:37, but Klatt restored Vancouver's lead 46 seconds later.

"To get frustrated at that point and put our heads down would have been a mistake,'' Klatt said. "We talked about keeping our heads up and coming back right away and trying to answer.''

Klatt redirected a centering pass from his knees past Miika
Kiprusoff while being hauled down in the crease.

"I kind of got tripped up fighting for position in front and I just tried to get my stick on it and luckily it went in,'' Klatt said.

Matt Cooke added an empty-net goal.

Brent Sopel and Todd Warriner also scored, and Swedish twins
Daniel and Henrik Sedin each had two assists as the Canucks beat
the Sharks for the first time in almost two years to start the
season 2-0.

Sturm had two goals and an assist and Teemu Selanne added a goal
and an assist for the Sharks (0-2). San Jose continues to play
without starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov and defenseman Brad Stuart,
both unsigned restricted free agents.

Kiprusoff, who surrendered six goals on 15 shots in the first
game, made several spectacular stops among his 17 saves, but didn't
get a lot of help from his teammates.

"We have to tighten up. For some reason we're not playing good
defensive hockey,'' Sharks captain Owen Nolan said. "You can't
leave your goalie out there like that.''

Selanne opened the scoring 6:40 into the first period, pouncing
on an Ed Jovanovski turnover in the corner and converting a
give-and-go with Sturm for his first goal of the season.

Sopel's one-timer from the point tied it with 33.1 seconds left
in the first and the Canucks enjoying a two-man advantage. Warriner
gave Vancouver its first lead at 14:54 of the second and Klatt
batted Henrik Sedin's power-play pass out of the air and past
Kiprusoff with 37.9 seconds left in the period.

"I just took a baseball swing and somtimes it's better to be lucky than good,'' said Klatt, who was set up once by each Sedin twin. "Those guys (the Sedins) can really pass the puck. If I can get open in front those two will certainly find me.''

Sturm pulled San Jose within a goal on a wraparound 5:40 into
the third period, then was credited with the tying goal on a play
that needed video review to overturn the on-ice call.

Sturm crashed the crease and ran over goalie Dan Cloutier,
sending the puck barely over the line after Vancouver defenseman Mattias Ohlund swiped at it and missed.

"We were lucky to tie it but we have to stick with it,'' Sturm said. "Everyone was really pumped after that tie goal and then quickly after they get a stupid goal like that. We have to focus better on defense.''

Vancouver finished 2-for-7 on the power play and remained
perfect on 10 shorthanded chances after killing all four San Jose
chances with the extra man.

Game notes
Cloutier made 22 saves for the Canucks. ... Vancouver
wing Jan Hlavac, who hurt his knee against San Jose late in the
preseason, was a surprise scratch after playing the season opener
Thursday in Calgary. Hlavac said the knee was too sore to skate
after practice Friday and was told to take a couple of days off.
... Sharks forward Alexander Korolyuk remains home in Russia after
asking to be traded. ... The Sharks beat the Canucks all four times
they played last season.