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Vrbata scores 2, prevents 1 to help Canucks rally for 3-2 victory over Sharks

  • Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat, right, celebrates after scoring a goal, in front of San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (88) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat, right, celebrates after scoring a goal, in front of San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (88) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon, rear, grabs Vancouver Canucks left wing Brandon McMillan during a second-period fight in an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon, rear, grabs Vancouver Canucks left wing Brandon McMillan during a second-period fight in an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat (53) reaches for the puck against San Jose Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller, from Switzerland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat (53) reaches for the puck against San Jose Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller, from Switzerland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

Radim Vrbata scored his second goal of the game to break a tie in the third period and made an alert defensive play to preserve the lead and help the Vancouver Canucks complete the rally from a two-goal deficit to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 Saturday night.

Vrbata started the comeback with a goal in the final minute of the first period and then gave Vancouver its first lead when he scored on the power play early in the third. Bo Horvat also scored and Eddie Lack made 38 saves for the Canucks, who avoided their first three-game losing streak since early January.

Melker Karlsson and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, who were dealt another blow in their bid for an 11th straight playoff berth. Antti Niemi made 31 saves.