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Live Blog Game 3 Sharks-Canucks

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
SHARKS vs CANUCKS



GAME THREE WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS 5/20/11


FINAL
Sharks-4, Canucks-3
(Vancouver leads series 2-1)

THREE STARS
1. Thornton (3 Assists, 25:36 ice time, 3 takeaways)
2. Marleau (2 Goals, 1 Asstst, 7 shots, 22:31 ice time)
3. Murray (5 blocked shots)

Notes:


The ten San Jose power plays is four away from the franchise playoff record of 14 against Dallas on April 26, 1998.

San Jose is now 17-10 all-time in Game 3's; 3-0 this season and 8-3 all-time at home.

Boyle continues to lead all defenseman in points during the playoffs.  With a goal and an assist tonight he has a four-game point streak (1-5-6) and 15 in the playoffs (3-12-15).
3rd PERIOD

20:00 It's over and the Sharks hang on for the 4-3 win to get back into the series.  Vancouver outshot the Sharks 9-8 in the third and really benefitted from the five-minute major.  San Jose found a way to get it done and now will try and even the series here Sunday.  San Jose finished ahead in the shot department 38-30 for the night.

19:09 With an empty net, Bieksa is called for hooking Clowe which prevented a breakaway.  Lapierre is also handed a ten minute misconduct.  San Jose begins their tenth power play.

18:25 Luongo pulled for extra attacker.

16:22 McGinn's major expires and the Sharks are back to even strength with the one-goal lead.

16:04 Second power play goal for the Canucks with the power play as Bieksa blasts a slapper from the left point through a screen to pull the visitors within a goal. 
VAN PP Goal: Bieksa (4)  A: Raymond (6), Hansen (4) at 16:04  4-3 SJ

13:39 Hamhuis buries a one-timer from the right circle off a cross-ice feed from Henrik Sedin for the power play marker.  Vancouver will stay on the power play for 2:44 because of the major penalty to McGinn.
VAN PP Goal: Hamhuis (1)  A: H. Sedin (13), Salo (1) at 13:39  4-2 SJ

12:00 Good start to the penalty kills Boyle steals a pass and sends it down the ice.

11:22 McGinn is handed a major penalty for boarding Rome in the right wing corner on a forecheck giving Vancouver five minutes on the man advantage.  McGinn also received a game misconduct.  Rome heads right into the room after being helped off the ice as the Canucks are now down two defenseman.

10:27 Rome is set free as the Canucks kill off the power play.

8:27 Vancouver continues the parade to the box as Rome is called for cross-checking Wellwood along the boards left side of the Vancouver zone; it puts the Sharks on their ninth power play.  Couture is questionable to return after leaving earlier in the period.

6:46 Sharks score with the two-man advantage to make it 4-1 San Jose.  Boyle with a one-time along the ice from the top of the left circle slid passed Luongo as the Sharks get their third power play goal of the night.
SJ PP Goal: Boyle (3)  A: Marleau (4), Thornton 3(14) at 6:46  4-1 SJ

5:27 Burrows gives San Jose a five-on-three for tripping Niemi; two-man advantage for 1:26.

5:02 Kesler is called for tripping Heatley in the neutral zone putting the Sharks on the power play.  The penalty prevented a San Jose two-on-one.

3:45 Vancouver putting some sustained pressure on here early in the third.

1:09 Canucks get on the board as they try and climb back in the game.  Vancouver carried the puck in the zone right side and threw the puck toward the net.  Niemi tried to clear the loose puck out of the crease but put it right on the tape of Burrows who fired it right into the net.
VAN E Goal: Burrows (5)  A: Unassisted at 1:09  3-1 SJ

0:00 Third period underway as the Couture line starts for San Jose against the Kesler line for the Canucks.

2nd PERIOD

20:00 After two it remains 3-0 Sharks as the Sharks outshot the Canucks 14-13 in the period and 30-21 for the night.  It goes without saying, but Niemi has been stellar through two periods, but his defense is playing really well and helping him out as he is seeing just about everything.  Marleau has been outstanding in all aspects tonight, leading everyone with seven shots.

18:32 Desjardins rejoins the action and tremendous penalty kill work from the Sharks, killing about five straight minutes and a lot of it down two men. 

17:01 Thornton comes out and now it's a conventional power play for the Canucks.

16:55 Ehrhoff is out with an upper body injury and is doubtful to return.

16:32 Desjardins just out of the box is called for tripping Kesler on the neutral zone putting the Canucks right back on the five-on-three.

16:07 Pavelski and Murray have been big so far on the kill.

15:01 Canucks will have a five-on-three as Thornton is calleed for holding-the-stick of Edler along the left boards in the San Jose zone.  They will have the two man advantage for 1:26.

14:27 After an icing call and some tired Sharks on the ice, Desjardins is called for holding-the-stick of Daniel Sedin, putting the Canucks on the power play.

12:30 Bieksa comes out of the box after a solid power play with good chances by Setoguchi and Couture.

10:30 Sharks will go back on the power play as Bieksa is called for cross-checking White in front of the San Jose net going for a rebound and battling for position.

9:47 Pavelski is set free and the Sharks have killed off the penalty.  Shots are 26-12 Sharks.

8:34 Bieksa comes out and the Canucks begin the abbreviated power play.

7:47 Pavelski takes a penalty for interference on Burrows low left side of the Vancouver zone, ending the power play.  Four-on-four until Beiksa comes out and then the Canucks will get their first man advantage of the night.

6:34 Canucks continue their parade to the penalty box as this time it's Bieksa for hooking McGinn driving to the net.  The revamped fourth line creates the opportunity with the turnover in the neutral zone.

5:27 Niemi with his first big save of the night, stones Lapierre on a backhand coming down the slot on a two-on-one odd man rush, fueled by Rome coming out of the box.

3:20 Vancouver called for their fourth straight penalty as Rome heads into the box for hooking McGinn in front of Luongo.

2:29 Sharks keep it up with more pressure early in the second, taking the only shot thus far and keeping the play fot the most part in the Vancouver zone.

0:00 Second period begins with the Kesler line for Vancouver matched up with the Couture line.

1st PERIOD

20:00 First period comes to an end the teams head to the dressing rooms with San Jose leading 3-0.  Shots wind up 16-8 in favor of the Sharks despite Vancouver winning 11 of the 19 draws.  The Canucks outhit the Sharks 16-6 in the period as Rome led the way with four.

19:00 Niemi with some solid work denied the Canucks from in tight.

17:25 Sharks make it 3-0 as Marleau tallies for the second time as the men in black continue their first period dominance.  Thornton with a terrific stick-check on Edler at the San Jose blueline, tipped the puck toward the neutral zone leading Marleau on a breakaway.  Using his blazing speed, Marleau outraced everyone to the puck and attacked Luongo, beating him with a wrister top shelf glove side for his second goal of the night and fourth of this series.
SJ E Goal: Marleau 2(7)  A: Thornton 2(13) at 17:25  3-0 SJ

16:00 First real pressure from the Canucks and the Kesler line which more than doubles their shot output.

14:11 Sharks continue the pressure on Vancouver as they have now taken 15 of the 16 shots in the game, Marleau leads the way with three.

11:39 San Jose is really taking it to the Canucks, shots are now 12-1.  Three power plays does not hurt either.

10:22 Ehrhoff comes out of the box and Vancouver has killed their first penalty of the series.

8:22 Sharks strike again and again it's with the man advantage to make it 2-0 San Jose.  Boyle with a slapshot from the high slot is kicked out by Luongo, but Clowe jammed home a rebound from the top of the crease with a backhand through the five-hole.  Power-play is now five for five in the series and another one begins.
SJ PP Goal: Clowe (5)  A: Boyle (12), White (8) at 8:22  2-0 SJ

8:00 Shots are 8-1 San Jose.

6:54 Canucks called for another penalty as Ehrhoff is given four minutes for high-sticking Mitchell in the Vancouver zone.

3:56 Sharks get the first one of the night and a huge eruption from the sellout crowd crowd.  With the man advantage winding down, Thornton from behind the goal line fed Marleau at the top of the crease and he quickly pushed the feed five-hole through Luongo; the power play is still perfect in this series (4-4).  Marleau has scored a goal in four straight games.
SJ PP Goal: Marleau (6)  A: Thornton (12), Setoguchi (3) at 3:56  1-0 SJ

2:03 Canucks take the first penalty of the night as Lapierre is called for roughing White behind the Sharks net.

0:51 Good start by the Sharks and a strong cycle from the Couture line forces an icing.

0:00 Game 3 is underway at HP Pavilion as Vancouver starts the Kesler line with Bieksa and Hamhuis on defense; Sharks counter with the Couture line with Huskins and Vlasic on the blueline.

PRE-GAME

Vancouver:

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins-Ryan Kesler-Mason Raymond
Raffi Torres-Maxim Lapierre-Jannik Hansen
Tanner Glass-Alexandre Bolduc-Victor Oreskovich

Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Bieksa
Alexander Edler-Sami Salo
Christian Ehrhoff-Aaron Rome

scrathes: Eddie Lack, Keith Ballard, Jeff Tambellini, Christopher Tanev, Sergei Shirokov, Cody Hodgson, Andrew Alberts, Aaron Volpatti

San Jose:

not playing: Thomas Greiss, Scott Nichol, Jason Demers, Brandon Mashinter, Benn Ferriero, Ben Eager, Justin Braun

Goalies:
SJ: Antti Niemiback-up: Antero Nittymaki
VAN: Roberto Luongoback-up: Cory Schneider


Officials:
Referees:Brad Watson, Dan O’Rourke
Linesman: Steve Miller, Pierre Racicot
Video Judge:Larry Warner
Supervisor:Kris King


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