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Antti Niemi's 33 saves lead San Jose to 5-1 win over Vancouver

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) keeps his eye on the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) keeps his eye on the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (88) clears Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14) from in front of Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (88) clears Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14) from in front of Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) tries to stop Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat (53) from getting a shot on Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) tries to stop Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat (53) from getting a shot on Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)  (The Associated Press)

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.