Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/9/14

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 18: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates after scoring in the first period against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at the HP Pavilion on January 18, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Joe Pavelski knew the game was going to get intense. He didn't realize it would happen so early. Pavelski had two goals, Patrick Marleau scored again -- though only once -- and the undefeated San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Sunday. The game became feisty even before the puck dropped as Ryan Clowe and Alexandre Burrows got into it at center ice and it remained that way. ''We know there is a lot of stake when we play them,'' Pavelski said. ''The intensity was set . . . I'd like to stay at the first puck drop but it was before that. That's the first time I've seen something like that.'' Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 5-0-0. Antti Niemi made 23 saves as coach Todd McLellan earned his 200th career victory. ''We were ready to go. I think that Clowie getting us going early was huge for us,'' Thornton said. ''Every game against these guys is just a really, super competitive game, and I think we saw that again. Both teams are engaged early.'' ...
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