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San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brent Burns scored the first of San Jose's four unanswered goals, as the Sharks surged past the Vancouver Canucks, 4-1, on Thursday in the season opener for both teams at SAP Center.

Patrick Marleau, Tommy Wingels and Justin Braun each scored once, while Antti Niemi stopped 21-of-22 shots for the Sharks, who made the postseason for a ninth straight year last season before bowing to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games in the semifinals.

After being swept by San Jose in the first round of the playoffs last year, Vancouver fired head coach Alain Vigneault and brought in former Rangers bench boss John Tortorella.

The Canucks failed to make Tortorella's debut a successful one, with Roberto Luongo giving up all four goals on 35 shots in defeat.