Antti Niemi made 33 saves Thursday night as the San Jose Sharks defeated the listless Vancouver Canucks 5-1.

Matt Irwin, Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski, Andrew Desjardins and Chris Tierney, with his first NHL goal, scored for San Jose. Brent Burns and Logan Couture each added two assists. Tierney also tacked on an assist.

Radim Vrbata had the only goal for Vancouver and Ryan Miller stopped 33 shots in the loss.

The Canucks had won the first two meetings with the Sharks this season, but were down 1-0 after the first period and things got worse in the second.

Burns jumped on a Canucks turnover at the blue line and fired a shot that Karlsson tipped past a helpless Miller for his ninth of the season.

San Jose then put things out of reach late in the period.