For the fourth time in franchise history the Vancouver Canucks have been swept in a best-of-seven playoff series losing to the San Jose Sharks in four straight games after dropping Game 4, 4-3 in overtime.
This was easily Vancouver's best game of the playoffs; the Canucks had drive and desire right from puck drop and despite twice trailing by a goal, they mounted a third period comeback off goals from Alex Burrows and Alex Edler to take a 3-2 lead.
Officiating was questionable all series and that trend continued late in the game and in overtime with the Canucks twice penalized and unable to kill off the penalties. Joe Pavelski scored late in the third to force overtime and Patrick Marleau forced handshakes at centre ice at 13:18 of overtime sliding a loose puck past Cory Schneider, who was otherwise sensational on the night.
It's back to the drawing board for the Canucks, who had too little, too late in this series.
"We showed up and played the way we should have, but only for one game," said an emotional Henrik Sedin. "If we played like we did tonight earlier, we would have gotten more wins. This is the way we need to play every night, we showed that we're a great team, we showed that on 5-on-5 and again, penalties cost us the game. That's the way it is."
AND ANOTHER THING...
Thank you for your support all season. It truly makes a difference.
Tweet of the Night - "@canucksgame Can you talk to the boys and express how important it is that they win tonight? I brought a #Canucks polo to Calgary for work." - @lyteforce. It was nice knowing you buddy.
Quote of the Night - "I don't know if I should right now, but it's a 'BS' call. It's overtime, I think it's shoulder on shoulder." - Henrik Sedin, asked to comment on the penalty Daniel was assessed in overtime.
This and That - Cory Schneider finished with 43 saves; every Canucks player had at least one shot expect Jason Garrison, Frankie Corrado and Andrew Alberts; Vancouver was outhit by San Jose for the first time all series (21-20); Mason Raymond and Alex Burrows both had a goal and an assist.
Tall Task - The list of teams to have climbed back from a 3-0 series deficit remains at three, four if including the four North American pro leagues: 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 New York Islanders, 2004 Boston Red Sox (MLB), and 2010 Philadelphia Flyers.