This season opener was a rematch from the first round of last year's playoffs, in which San Jose turned in a four-game sweep that led to the dismissal of Vancouver Coach Alain Vigneault.
John Tortorella was hired to replace Vigneault and his debut with the Canucks was spoiled by San Jose's domination of the second and third periods.
Niemi made 21 saves and the only goal he allowed came on the power play by Jason Garrison.
Roberto Luongo gave up all four goals on 35 shots.
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