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Joe Thornton has a goal and an assist to lead Sharks to 3-2 victory over Canucks

  • San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) tries to control the puck as Vancouver Canucks center Jordan Schroeder (45) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) tries to control the puck as Vancouver Canucks center Jordan Schroeder (45) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22), from Sweden, and San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) fight for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22), from Sweden, and San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) fight for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23), from Sweden, right wing Jannik Hansen (36), from Denmark, and defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) congratulate left wing Chris Higgins, hidden, after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23), from Sweden, right wing Jannik Hansen (36), from Denmark, and defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) congratulate left wing Chris Higgins, hidden, after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist during a second-period scoring flurry and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.

San Jose broke a scoreless tie with three goals in a span of 2:13 against Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider, then held on and completed a season sweep of Vancouver.

Chris Higgins and Alexandre Burrows scored to pull Vancouver within one, but the Sharks prevailed and extended their longest win streak since taking seven straight to open the season.

San Jose remains in the No. 6 playoff position in the Western Conference but trails Los Angeles by just one point for the fifth spot.