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Heavyweight Battle With SJ-VAN

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

Canucks win the game 5-4 thanks to the shootout.

5)Joe Pavleski - wrister turned aside.
4)Alexandre Burrows - got the backhand up and in.
3)Kyle Wellwood - stuffed by the leg pad.
2)Mason Raymond - forced wide with barely a shot.
1)Ryan Clowe - the patented backhander was blocked.

The game needed a shootout on top of the overtime.  San Jose put up 48 shots to Vancouver's 28 for the contest.

Ryane Clowe almost ended it with a carbon copy of his tying goal.  Todd McLellan had four forwards out on the power play.

Ryan Kesler clipped Logan Couture up high and the Sharks had two minutes of four-on-three time.

Jason Demers almost ended it seven seconds in.

The game would need extra time to determine a winner and that was deserved as it may have been the best 60 minute regular season affair of the year.

Ryane Clowe parked himself out front and put Joe Thornton's pass in the back of the net.

The faceoff was in the attacking zone, Antti Niemi was pulled and the Sharks had a power play.  Then Vancouver used their timeout.

Todd McLellan used his timeout to map out the rally plan.  Antti Niemi had already headed to the bench.

Douglas Murray was called for cross checking and Vancouver was up a man for what amounted to the rest of regulation.

The Sharks were circling the net and the crowd wasn trying to will in the tying goal.  In the end, it was Torrey Mitchell with the big score.  He skated through four defenders before depositing the puck.

San Jose was on the power play and Vancouver's Manny Malhotra took off on a breakaway.  Antti Niemi came out and provided no room to shoot before making the save.

San Jose's power play couldn't find the tying tally as the third period neared it's midway point.

Logan Couture fought off two defenders to create a breakaway only to see his shorthanded shot ring off the post.

Niclas Wallin headed to the box for cross checking.

Antti Niemi made a critical stop in the final 10 seconds of the period to keep San Jose within one at 3-2.

4V4 time with Niclas Wallin and Ryan Kesler in the penalty boxes.

Joe Thornton led Devin Setoguchi on a pass that had the crowd cheering in advance of the tally, but Cory Schneider managed to slide over on time to stop Setoguchi's shot.

San Jose had two good looks up close with Joe Thornton and Kyle Wellwood, but the puck would not cooperate.

With SJ on the power play, Devin Setoguchi and Keith Ballard were both given two minutes for slashing.  Team Teal had 43 seconds left on the power play.

Momentum just swung back in Vancouver's favor.  A shot off target came out the back side to an open Mason Raymond and he popped it in the the empty half of the net.  Van led 3-2.

Joe Thornton's helper was his 400th as a Shark, the most in franchise history.

Two shots and two goals in the second for San jose and the game was tied at two.  This time it was Ryane Clowe who stuffed one in from up close.

Devin Setoguchi fired on net only to see the puck hit two both post.  He did not quit though and hammered home the rebound, closing the deficit to one.

The Sharks looked to improved on their six first period shots.

San Jose was not used to a two-goal, first period deficit, but that is where they stood after 20 minutes with the Canucks up 2-0.

Sami Salo blasted one from the point through a screen it tucked inside the post to put Vancouver up 2-0.

Dany Heatley was whistled for 2 minutes for hooking and Van had their second power play of the contest.

Daniel Sedin didn't need much space when he threaded the needle to Alexandre Burrows out front and his linemate put the puck across the line.

Ian White just dumped Chris Higgins at the blueline, putting the Vancouver fowrard on the ice.

Antti Niemi appeared to be beat, but he rallied to prevent a Rayn Kesler power play goal.

No luck on the power play for San Jose early, but the offense seems to be attacking whether they were up a man or not.

One minute in, former Shark Christian Ehrhoff was given two minutes for a little slashing Patrick Marleau and the Sharks had the first power play.

Antti Niemi was the circled starter in goal opposite Cory Schneider. 

Douglas Murray and Justin Braun were set to open on the blueline and Joe Pavelski, Torrey Mitchell and Kyle Wellwood were up front.

Dan Boyle was not in the lineup.
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