The Vancouver Canucks
had their way with the San Jose Sharks
Wednesday night at Rogers Arena, beating the visitors 7-3 to take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.
Here are some of the highlights:
The Turning Point:
At 12:05 of the second period, with the game tied 2-2, Chris Higgins
hit Kevin Bieksa
with a pass in stride through the neutral zone. The man they call 'Juice' made no mistake on his breakaway, beating Antti Niemi
low glove-side for his third of these playoffs.
Vancouver would go on to score four more in the third before Ben Eager
got the Sharks' third of the night.
With 2:26 remaining in the second Henrik Sedin
feathered a pass cross-ice to defenseman Alexander Edler
. However, Niemi came up with a huge right pad save to keep his team in it, and maintain the one-goal game.
's) a phony. He goes after our top players. He's been asked many times, by lots of players throughout the League (to fight), and he's declined. -- Sharks forward Ben Eager on Bieksa electing to fight Patrick Marleau
Player of the Game:
Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa
had a big night in the team's Game 2 win. He finished with a "Gordie Howe
hat trick," collecting a goal, assist and a fight. Bieksa also had five hits in 18:55 of ice time.