Dany Heatley scores as San Jose Sharks beat Vancouver Canucks 6-2

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Dany Heatley scored, Antero Niittymaki made 19 saves and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-2 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game.

Andreas Lilja, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Jamie McGinn and John McCarthy also scored for the Sharks (2-4), who will fly to Mannheim, Germany, on Thursday for their final exhibition game against Adler Mannheim on Saturday.

Raffi Torres had two goals for the Canucks (2-5), who finish the pre-season at Anaheim on Friday. Eddie Lack stopped 24 shots.

Heatley has scored in all four exhibition games in which he has played.

Lilja, a defenceman who helped the Detroit Red Wings win a Stanley Cup when San Jose coach Todd McLellan was on the staff, scored his first goal for the Sharks.

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Torres put the Canucks on the board first, scoring midway through the first period.

Pavelski’s power-play goal two minutes later evened the score and Couture’s power-play goal with just under five minutes left in the initial period put San Jose ahead to stay.

NOTES: Sharks F Jamal Mayers, who left Tuesday night’s game early, was scratched. … The Sharks assigned D Nick Petrecki and RW Cam McIntyre to Worcester of the AHL. … The Canucks need a win Friday to avoid their worst pre-season record in nine years. They were unbeaten in 16 combined exhibition games in 2008-09.