“We are going to have to play desperate hockey for Game 4,” said Joe Pavelski. “We are going to have to (play desperate), to win that 4th game.”
Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice in the 5-2 win in Game 3 and the Sharks now hold a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals as the series continues in San Jose on Tuesday at 7pm! Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on CSNCA-HD / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network.
Each game day, SJSHARKS.COM will take a look at the “Game inside the Game” as the Sharks continue their quest toward the Stanley Cup! Line matchups, player vs. player battles, head-to-head stats, and key figures highlighted each game day!
Before Game 4, let’s take a closer look at the GAME INSIDE THE GAME for the Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks!
LINEUP CHANGES FOR GAME 4?San Jose:
Martin Havlat left after the first period of play in Game 1 with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Tim Kennedy for Game 2. Scott Gomez made his Sharks playoff debut in Game 3 in place of forward Tim Kennedy.Lines for SJ in Game 3:
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture – Raffi Torres
TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Andrew Desjardins – Joe Pavelski – Tommy Wingels
James Sheppard – Scott Gomez – Adam Burish
Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brad Stuart – Scott Hannan
No injuries reported for the Vancouver after Game 3, and goaltender Cory Schneider who missed Games 1 and 2 due to a “body” injury started Game 3, but was pulled midway through the 3rd period after allowing five goals. Tough guy Tom Sestito made his playoff debut by replacing Andrew Ebbett in Game 3.Lines for VAN in Game 3:
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alex Burrows
Mason Raymond – Derek Roy – Jannik Hansen
Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Zack Kassian
Tom Sestito – Maxim Lapierre – Dale Weise
Dam Hamhuis – Jason Garrison
Alex Edler – Kevin Bieksa
Andrew Alberts – Frank Corrado
SPECIAL TEAMS ROCK
“The difference at the end of the night was that we were on the power play for almost 13 minutes,” said Todd McLellan. “We had a big penalty kill early and in return we punished them with our power play.”
The Sharks who had a power play of over 25% on home ice during the regular season, tied a franchise record with three power play goals in Game 3 (3-for-8). Logan Couture set a Sharks playoff record with two power play goals in the same period with two power play strikes in the third period. The Sharks penalty kill went a perfect 2-for-2 in Game 3.
DID YOU KNOW?*9 seconds
… Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored within nine seconds of each other early in the 3rd period to put the Sharks ahead 4-1. The Sharks playoff record for the fastest two goals occurred in 1998 as John MacLean and Ron Sutter scored within eight seconds in a 3-2 loss in Dallas.*Ahead 3-0
…. The Sharks have never swept a seven game series in the Stanley Cup playoffs but have been on the receiving end twice (Chicago in the WCF in 2010 and Detroit in the WSF in 1995).*The Big Pavelski
… Joe Pavelski broke a 14 game playoff goalless drought in Game 3 with his first two goals of the series. Joe now has four 2 goal games in the Stanley Cup playoffs.*55 and counting
…. Patrick Marleau scored his franchise leading 55th playoff goal in Game 3 on Sunday. Joe Pavelski is 2nd with 22 goals.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Sharks are feeling it in a good way heading into Game 4 while the Canucks are feeling it in a bad way. Vancouver was very undisciplined in Game 3 and San Jose was dominant on the power play… a recipe for disaster for the Canucks. Cory Schneider got the start in Game 3 after Roberto Luongo had two solid starts in Games 1 and 2… and now another goaltending controversy in Vancouver! Everything seems to be going San Jose’s way in this series as the Sharks look to close things out on Tuesday.
One last thing… The line on Logan Couture in Game 3: 4 points (2-2-4pts), 3 blocked shots, 3 shots on goal, 2 power play goals, 2 hits, 83% on the face-offs, drew two penalties, +1, 17:23 of ice time.