EPILOGUE: It takes four wins to win a series. The Sharks get to go back home to play Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday. Home ice should help the Sharks. They need energy, which wasn't around a lot in tonight's game. The home crowd should give San Jose a lift.
20:00 -- It's done. Vancouver takes a 2-0 series lead with a 7-3 win.
19:52 -- Eager tries to start something with Lapierre to no avail. Eager goes to box for high sticking.17:27 -- Eager crashes the net and scores his first goal of the playoffs. In the meantime, he gets sent to the box for roughing to send Vancouver back on the power play. Joe Pavelski and White get the helpers. Vancouver 7, San Jose 3.
16:42 -- Canucks score on the power play...again. Higgins gets the puck in the left corner, passes the puck to Raymond in the slot and he puts it by Niemi. Higgins and Hamhuis get the assists. Raymond gets his second of the playoffs. Vancouver 7, San Jose 2.
14:40 -- Maxim Lapierre starts picking on Logan Couture
in the neutral zone. Clowe takes offense and tries to get something started, but instead the Canucks go back on the power play. Clowe gets a minor for roughing (Setoguchi to serve the minor) and a 10-minute misconduct.
14:30 -- Vancouver is skating like they've found the fountain of youth. And now, the Sedins are playing keep away with the puck in the right corner of the Sharks zone, Alex Burrows gets the puck, makes the shot in the slot, Rome gets the rebound off Niemi's pads and scores his first playoff goal. Vancouver 6, San Jose 2.
QUICK NOTE: Three of Vancovuer's goals have come on the power play.
11:41 -- Canucks score again. Good puck movement gets their fifth goal. Edler from the left point to Henrik Sedin on the right goal line to Daniel Sedin in the slot ...and the one-timer goes past Niemi. Daniel gets his second goal of the game, eighth of the playoffs. Vancouver 5, San Jose 2.
10:47 -- Thornton goes in for a breakaway...but....but....but...the Sharks have too many men on the ice. Not only does a scoring chance disappear, but the Canucks go back on the power play.
7:56 -- Chris Higgins gets a pass in the slot from Raymond and he gets the power play goal. Higgins scores his fourth of the postseason. Vancouver's power play goal makes it 4-2, Canucks. Oh yeah, the other assist goes to Bieksa...guess who's got the "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" (goal, assist and fighting major)?
6:57 -- As we go into the TV timeout, looks like Eager is going back to the box...this time for tripping Mason Raymond. Canucks to go on the power play for the third time in this game. San Jose holds a slight edge in shots for the period, 2-1.
1:35 -- Eager penalty over.
NOTES: When trailing after two in the postseason, San Jose is 2-3. When up after two, the Canucks are 6-1.
SYNOPSIS: Not a period full of action...until Bieksa got that breakaway goal. Sharks were outshot in the period, 14-9. If San Jose wants to stand a chance, they need more opportunities to the net. Nine shots on goal isn't enough. As for the bout between Marleau and Bieksa, hockeyfights.com will give the thumbs up to Bieksa on it. But Marleau wasn't going to walk away from someone who wanted to cross-check him into the ice (that led to the bout). That fired up the Sharks bench. Meanwhile, the Sharks got Bieksa, one of Vancouver's top D men, out of the game for a bit. By the way, that's Marleau's sixth fighting major. In case you're wondering...Devin Setoguchi, no shots. Ryane Clowe
, one shot.
20:00 -- Canucks will begin the third period on the power play and with the lead, 3-2.
19:32 -- Ben Eager comes in from behind and slams Daniel Sedin into the boards. That's a minor penalty for boarding. Canucks on the power play.
17:58 -- Patrick Marleau
(!) and Bieksa exchange cross-checks and drop the gloves! Both take majors for fighting.
17:34 -- Alexander Edler tries to sneak in from the left point and takes a pass from Daniel Sedin, but the one-timer is stopped by Niemi, who did a good job going to his right.
12:05 -- Kevin Bieksa gets a breakaway and scores. He took off from his own end and streaked up the middle after getting a pass from the left wing in his own end. His rush shocked a lot of people. Bieksa slipped that one near the right post. Bieksa gets his third goal. Chris Higgins and Hamhuis with the helpers. Vancouver 3, San Jose 2.
10:16 -- Not much has changed. Vancouver is outshooting San Jose for the game, 18-14.
6:21 -- Still tied at 2-2. Vancouver is outshooting San Jose in the period, 2-0.
1:29 -- Ian White just took a puck near the chin/neck area. It happened on a clearing pass by Vancouver in the neutral zone. But he's okay.
SYNOPSIS: San Jose outshot the Canucks, 13-12. Impressive this period was Pavelski, who won seven of nine faceoffs. The D-men are leading their clubs in hits: Murray (five) and Kevin Bieksa (four). The key for San Jose is to see if they can keep up the pace in the next 20 minutes. Maybe they'll catch a break -- Thornton gets high sticked during a faceoff towards the end of the third period, draws blood, but no double minor on Henrik Sedin, whose stick did the damage...
20:00 -- Good first period for both sides. The period ends with the score tied at 2-2.
15:23 -- Vancouver outshooting the Sharks, 10-9. Teams are even in hits, 10-10. Douglas Murray
leads the Sharks with five hits.
QUICK NOTE: Special teams huge tonight. That's two power play goals for the Sharks.
13:03 -- Video review time. A puck goes under Roberto Luongo and past the goal line. Waiting to hear...Dan Boyle fired a puck to the net from the left point, Joe Thornton grabbed the carom off the boards behind the net from the right side and Patrick Marleau was in front of the net. Thornton tossed a backhand to the net and Marleau was in front. Review says: GOAL SAN JOSE! Marleau gets his fifth of the playoffs. Thornton and Boyle with the assists. We're tied at 2-2.
12:19 -- Daniel Sedin is right behind Heatley, who falls into the boards near the left corner in the Vancouver end. Off goes Daniel for a cross-check.
10:18 -- Canucks score again. Christian Ehrhoff takes a backhand into the right corner and feeds Torres with a backhand pass and he puts the puck past Niemi. Torres gets his second of the postseason. Jannik Hansen gets the other assist. Vancouver 2, San Jose 1.9:39 -- Tie score. Canucks move around the puck really well on the PP. Henrik Sedin had the puck on the left wing, he passes to brother Daniel and Daniel scores. Daniel gets his seventh. Henrik gets one assist. Hamhuis gets the other assist. San Jose 1, Vancouver 1.
7:50 -- Joe Pavelski
goes to the box for tripping Daniel Sedin. Canucks on the PP.
6:42 -- The Sharks seem to have lots of jump early in the game. They're outshooting the Canucks, 7-4, and outhitting them, 7-3.
5:40 -- Ben Eager and Raffi Torres are getting a little chippy with each other in San Jose's slot and both of them get minor penalties. 4x4 hockey.
3:50 -- Did you see Devin Setoguchi get a high stick near his left eye from Dan Hamhuis?
2:28 -- Logan Couture does the dangle and scores. Dany Heatley has the puck on the right wing and gives it to Couture, who was cutting up the middle. Couture gets his seventh of the playoffs, which tops the Sharks. Ian White gets an assist, too. San Jose 1, Vancouver 0.
1:19 -- Sharks go on the power play. Aaron Rome to the box for tripping Joe Pavelski
. Sharks have a power play goal in each of the last two games.
QUICK NOTE: Benn Ferriero
is in the lineup, but no Jamal Mayers (you may have seen him dress in the pregame footage from Versus). On defense, Kent Huskins is in. Jason Demers
Good evening everyone and welcome to tonight’s live Game 2 Blog as the San Jose Sharks face the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Final.
Just how big is tonight’s game for San Jose. As Dany Heatley said yesterday, “It’s a huge game for us. We don’t want to go back down 0-2.”
With that in mind, expect Heatley to be more of a factor tonight. He’s got three goals in the playoffs, but none in the last four. Over the last four games, Heatley has two helpers, 10 shots and is a minus-3.
He’s not the only one looking for better things tonight. Ryane Clowe
hasn’t scored a goal since potting two in Game 4 of the quarterfinals vs. Los Angeles. After missing Game 6 of the Detroit semifinal series, he’s got just two shots in his last two games. Joe Pavelski
will be chomping at the proverbial bit, too. He’s got just four shots in his last three games.
AS A TEAM
San Jose needs chances at the net to be successful. That was clearly proven in the Detroit series. In Game 1, the Sharks had 45 chances (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots). Vancouver had 71.
That’s where energy and will come into play. To get these kinds of chances, a team needs to exert itself.
Yes, the Sharks played seven very tough games against Detroit in the semifinals. Six of the games were one-goal contests and it could’ve been really seven when you consider that Game 6 had two empty netters.
But this isn’t the time to be tired. That’s where will and energy come into play. You can be sure Vancouver will know this coming into tonight’s game.
“We expect a big push-back,” ex-Sharks and now Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said yesterday. “They obviously came here to get a split and they’re going to be ready to play. We have to match their intensity.”
IN OR OUT?
We won’t know about Jason Demers
status until game time. He missed Game 1.
San Jose is 1-1 this year in Game 2s, 11-15 overall (7-6 at home and 4-9 on the road). Their last Game 2 win on the road was in 2006 quarterfinals at Nashville (3-0). Historically speaking, San Jose is 0-8 when trailing a series 0-2 and 9-4 when tied 1-1. This is all history, which really means nothing, but is good for conversation…Starting tonight, the teams will have just one day off between games.
REFEREES: Dan O’Halloran and Tim Peel
LINESMEN: Shane Heyer and Jonny Murray