(SAN JOSE) -- The San Jose Sharks got off to a 7-0 start last season, and they're looking to match that again this year, evidently.
Along with the Colorado Avalanche, the Sharks have the best record (4-0-0) in the National Hockey League, even though they are tied for the Pacific Division lead with the Calgary Flames (3-0-2) currently. Each team has eight points in the standings.
In Thursday's win, Antti Niemi made a season-high 25 saves, as San Jose jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. When the Canucks scored to cut the lead in half in the second frame, the Sharks answered 95 seconds later with Patrick Marleau's third goal of the season.
Brent Burns scored an empty-net goal in the third to provide the final margin.
San Jose leads the league with 21 goals and a +16 goal differential. The Sharks have seven players averaging at least a point per game right now: Tomas Hertl (6-1-7), Logan Couture (2-4-6), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (2-3-5), Joe Pavelski (0-5-5), Marleau (3-1-4), Burns (2-2-4) and Joe Thornton (0-4-4).
Ottawa is 1-0-2 this season, and the Senators have actually been outscored on the season, by one goal.
Game time is 7:00 p.m.