Tomas Hertl was kept off the scoresheet for the first time this season but it didn't matter.

The Sharks skated out of Rogers Arena on Thursday night as one of four NHL teams with a perfect record after a 4-1 victory that marked their ninth consecutive regular season and playoff win over their new Pacific Divison rivals.

Still Sharks coach Todd McLellan did what he could to dampen any thought that San Jose had any kind of mastery over the Canucks.

"The league is even" McLellan said. "Sometimes it's a break or it's a bounce and we've been getting them."

What the Sharks also continued to get was balanced scoring as their goals came from forwards on three lines -- Patrick Marleau Matt Pelech and Brent Burns -- as well as the defense as Marc-Edouard Vlasic opened the scoring.
San Jose also got another strong performance from goalie Antti Niemi who made 25 saves and had absolutely no chance on the deflection by Canucks forward Mike Santorelli that was the lone puck to get past him.

Niemi's biggest save was early in the second period on a wraparound attempt by Canucks forward Henrik Sedin that Niemi got his left skate on.

"It came off the boards a quick play" Niemi said. "I just wanted to be almost inside the net so they couldn't shoot it off my skates or off my pads. A little bit of luck actually."

The Sharks were holding a 2-0 lead at the time on Vlasic's second goal of the season -- a blast from the slot at 12:16 of the first period that gives him at least one point in each of San Jose's four games -- and Pelech's first NHL goal at 19:02.

Pelech who was recalled from Worcester more for his physical play than his scoring touch chipped a pass from James Sheppard into the Vancouver net under the watchful eye of his uncle Canucks general manager Mike Gillis.

"Obviously they would have liked to have the win" Pelech 26 said of his uncle's team "but hopefully he's happy for me too. Hopefully."

Marleau's goal at 11:55 of the second period was important because it came just 95 seconds after Santorelli had cut San Jose's lead to one goal.

The Canucks hemmed the Sharks in their own end for a long stretch of the third period but Niemi said he did not feel under siege at that point.