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NHL Network presents: Game 4 2011 WCF: Canucks at Sharks

Canucks jump out in front early, take commanding series lead

Thursday, 09.08.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network
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With a loud, boisterous crowd pulling for them, the Sharks hoped to ride the momentum generated by their Game 3 and win to even the series. The opportunities were there early on as Vancouver picked up the first five penalties of the game. But the Canucks’ penalty kill was up to the task and even generated a couple of shorthanded opportunities that Antti Niemi had to turn back.

Luck and momentum shifted the other way midway through the second as Ryan Kesler took advantage of a 5-on-3 opportunity for the first goal of the game. That released one of the two-man advantage, but the Sharks got caught with too many men on the ice less than a minute and a half later and the Canucks were two men up again. They converted again -- this time a booming one-timer from Sami Salo on a feed from Henrik Sedin, giving Vancouver a 2-0 lead.

Six seconds later, Douglas Murray got called for delay of game for shooting a puck over the glass, putting the Canucks two men up for a third time. Sixteen seconds after the second 5-on-3 goal, they got another – with the same combo as the second goal; same Henrik pass from just to the right of the crease, same Salo one-timer from the slot, same result. That made it 3-0 Vancouver.

The three 5-on-3 goals set an NHL playoff record, and came on three of just four shots on goal in the second period, part of a franchise playoff-low 13.

The Canucks’ road show had one more trick, this one on a 2-on-1 break. Henrik pulled off some fancy stick work just outside the net and snuck the puck through Niemi's legs across the crease right onto Alex Burrows' stick to make it 4-0. The Sharks finally converted later in the third on goals from Andrew Desjardins and Ryane Clowe, but were dealt a devastating blow at around the 10-minute mark when Raffi Torres leveled captain Joe Thornton with a hit that knocked Thornton out of the game. The 4-2 win and Thornton's potential absence made a clincher in Vancouver a distinct possibility.

2011 western conference final broadcast schedule
DATE TIME GAME
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     

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