He did not need his jaw wired at the time so that is good news but with Couture and now Joe Thornton out of action, the Sharks are hurting down the middle.
This is very bad news for Thornton, who's already seen a significant decline in production this year; he has just 50 points in 78 games, a huge drop from last season's 82 points.
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Hertl ended his goal drought nine minutes into the opening period on a weird sequence.
The Canucks pressed late, but Marleau sealed it into an empty net - his 27th goal of the year - with 2.6 seconds left. "We played better than the record indicated".
Following three successful years in junior, this first-round Sharks draft pick has split his first professional season between San Jose and the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda.
Vancouver, an anaemic 2-9-2 over its last 13, is set to miss the post-season for the third time in four years and has not won at home since February 18, a span of 11 games (0-8-3).
The Canucks, who last picked up a victory in regulation at Rogers Arena on January 20, have scored just 170 goals this season.
"Sometimes you're trying so hard and everything's going wrong", Hertl said of his slump.
"I thought it was a gutsy effort by us", DeBoer said. Lately we haven't been good enough at home. "That's what kept us alive", said Canucks forward Daniel Sedin. "Couture's out and Jumbo only played five minutes, so you take two guys like that out of your lineup, I thought the rest of the guys responded and got a much needed two points for us". Hansen tried to pass back to Hertl, but the puck went to Mikkel Boedker, and the rebound off Boedker's backhand left Hertl with an empty net. Me and other guys, we need to just step forward and be ready for games. The Canucks have signed C Jayson Megna to a one-year contract extension for $675,000.
San Jose, which trails the Edmonton Oilers by two points for second place and leads fourth-place Calgary by three points, has three games remaining. D Marc-Edouard Vlasic's assist left him one short of 200 in his career. The Sharks last lost in Vancouver on January 21, 2012.