Sharks beat Canucks 4-1 in season opener 

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  • San Jose Sharks' Justin Braun, right, is hugged by teammates Tyler Kennedy and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) after scoring against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. Canucks' Dale Weise is at left.
Justin Braun scored his first goal in more than 19 months to break a tie late in the second period and the San Jose Sharks went on to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau and Tommy Wingels also scored for the Sharks, who have won eight straight against the Canucks including a sweep in the first round of the playoffs last season. Antti Niemi made 21 saves.

Jason Garrison scored a power-play goal and Roberto Luongo made 31 saves for the Canucks, who lost in the debut of new coach John Tortorella.

The Canucks opened this season on the same ice they ended the last one on after the disappointing early playoff exit led to the firing of coach Alain Vigneault.

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