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Canadian Press
10/14/2006 1:01:02 AM

VANCOUVER (CP) - Curtis Brown iced the game by scoring on a shorthanded breakaway in the third period and Milan Michalek collected two assists as the San Jose Sharks ruined the Vancouver Canucks home-opener Friday night with a 6-4 victory.

Trailing 4-3, the Canucks had a chance to tie the game when they had a two-man advantage for 1:41.

Brown was able to step out of the penalty box, pick up a loose puck behind the Canuck defence, then skate in alone on goaltender Roberto Luongo, beating him with a high backhand.

Patrick Marleau, with his first of the season, Patrick Rissmiller, Ville Nieminen, Mike Grier and Christian Ehrhoff also scored for the Sharks, who improved their record to 4-1-0.

Defenceman Kevin Bieska had a big night for the Canucks, scoring his first NHL goal on a second-period power play, and collecting two assists.

Markus Naslund, Daniel Sedin and Mattias Ohlund also scored for the Canucks, who are 2-2-1. Henrik Sedin had three assists.

Naslund's goal was his 300th as a Canuck. That ties him for the franchise lead with veteran Trevor Linden. For Bieksa, it was his first goal in his 44th career NHL game.

The Sharks - who blew a 4-1 lead and lost 6-4 to the Oilers in Edmonton Thursday - didn't look like a team playing their second game in as many nights. They used their speed to out hustle the Canucks and strong checking to create neutral zone turnovers.

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