Each game of the postseason -- spanning the more than two-month period from the opening round to Boston's Game 7 clincher of the Stanley Cup Final -- will be shown on the Network throughout the offseason.
Fans can tune in at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET nightly for a different game -- and different chance to re-live history. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com.
The Sharks came into Game 3 at HP Pavilion treating it like Game 7 -- a must-win to avoid a 0-3 deficit even though both teams had seen 3-0 leads erased in the 2011 postseason. The Sharks struck quickly, converting on their first two power-play opportunities. Patrick Marleau scored on the first, taking a feed from Joe Thornton behind the net and turning on the red light for the fourth game in a row.
Ryane Clowe hung out in front of the net and redirected a Dan Boyle shot from the blue line for the second man-up goal, then Marleau pickpocketed Alexander Edler at the Sharks’ blue line, turned around and broke for the Vancouver net, beating Roberto Luongo one-on-one for his second goal of the night and a 3-0 lead after one period, in which the Sharks outshot the Canucks 15-1 at one point.
Alex Burrows got the Canucks on the board early in the third, but Boyle converted on a 5-on-3 power play to open up the lead again. Two more power-play goals from the Canucks made a game of it, but the Sharks' 4-3 win made it a series, still 2-1 in favor of Vancouver.
|2011 western conference final broadcast schedule|
|Mon, Sep 5||8 p.m. ET||Western Conference Finals: Sharks @ Canucks, Game 1|
|Tue, Sep 6||8 p.m. ET||Western Conference Finals: Sharks @ Canucks, Game 2|
|Wed, Sep 7||8 p.m. ET||Western Conference Finals: Canucks @ Sharks, Game 3|
|Thu, Sep 8||8 p.m. ET||Western Conference Finals: Canucks @ Sharks, Game 4|
|Fri, Sep 9||8 p.m. ET||Western Conference Finals: Sharks @ Canucks, Game 5|