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After Raffi Torres' hit in Game 4, there was some initial doubt that Sharks captain Joe Thornton would be available for Game 5. With the nature of his injury (separated shoulder) kept under wraps, he stated he was ready to go and left it at that, knowing that staying alive with the team down 3-1 would take everything the Sharks had.
They threw all of it at the Canucks from the first puck drop, outshooting the Canucks 15-6 in the first period alone. But once again, it was the Canucks coming through at the right time, eight minutes into the first. Daniel Sedin made a backhanded dig out of the left corner that Henrik passed on across the crease to Alex Burrows for a goal that out the Canucks ahead 1-0 after one.
The Sharks' answer came midway through the second when Dan Boyle's man-up redirect of a Joe Pavelski shot from the point made it a 1-1 game.
Pavelski came through again in the opening seconds of the third, picking up on a loose puck fanned on by Henrik on a clearing attempt, maneuvering around a drawn-out Roberto Luongo and finding Devin Setoguchi, who filled the empty net. All the Sharks had to do from there was hang on to send the series back to San Jose.
They came so close.
With less than half a minute remaining and Luongo on the bench, the Sharks were called for icing although the puck glanced off Daniel Sedin as it went around the glass. That put the faceoff in the Sharks' zone. Henrik took a one-timer from the right point that Ryan Kesler tipped in to force overtime with 13.2 seconds left in regulation.
The Sharks kept up the pressure through the overtime periods, peppering Luongo with 16 shots in the first and four more in the second among the 56 he faced. But at the 10:18 mark of that second overtime, Kevin Bieksa's knuckler from the blue line found an opening and sent the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1994.
|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|