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Live Game 5 Blog -- Sharks vs. Canucks

by Tony Khing / San Jose Sharks

10:18 -- The season has just ended. Edler had the puck on the right point and shot it towards the corner, but the puck went off a stantion or the glass along the right wing boards and then the puck went out to the right point and Bieksa put it past Niemi. Final score: Vancouver 3, San Jose 2. Canucks win the series, 4-1.

8:10 -- Chris Higgins got the puck on a breakaway and Niemi made the pad save!

7:14 -- Vancouver has just one shot in this overtime. Sharks have four.

MORE QUICK NOTES: This is the fifth time the Sharks have gone at least double OT in their playoff history.

QUICK NOTES: How about that Roberto Luongo? That man has made 50 saves on 52 shots. He stopped all 16 shots in the first overtime.


20:00 -- One overtime down. The shot clock: 52 for Vancouver and 29 for San Jose.

18:10 -- Burrows tries to tuck it in on the backhand from the right post, but Niemi makes the save.

17:57 -- San Jose gets called for icing. Before this, Luongo lost his stick. But no big deal...

16:25 -- Burrows takes a shot from the left wing near the top of the circle and Niemi makes the save.

13:10 -- Lapierre tries to sneak one in on the right post, but Niemi makes the save.

10:55 -- San Jose has 13 shots on Luongo. Canucks have six. Three Sharks have five shots (Marleau, Heatley and Setoguchi). Thornton leads with six.

9:30 -- Max Lapierre gets a shot on Niemi's pads. He makes the save. Niemi has been solid all game.

9:04 -- Daniel Sedin gets a breakaway but Niemi stops the shot.

8:16 -- Dany Heatley has five shots in this game!

7:16 -- How long can this continue? The Sharks have kept the puck in the Canucks end for most of the period, but have nothing to show for it.

6:55 -- It's the Roberto Luongo Show. He's faced 12 shots and stopped them all.

6:04 -- Wellwood winds up from near the left slot and Luongo snags it.

5:43 -- Now the Sharks have a big edge, 9-3.

4:00 -- Shots in OT are even at 3-3.

QUICK NOTES: The road team is 13-7 in extra time this year. In addition, the Sharks are 5-0 beyond 60 minutes, while the Canucks are 2-0.


SYNOPSIS: This isn't meant to be easy. The Sharks have outshot the Canucks, 11-8, in the period and 36-20 for the game. They've dominated in that end. They've skated well. But now, it's a one-goal game. This will be the first overtime game in 20 days. We're overdue. By the way: Vlasic has been back on the ice. He's OK.

19:47 -- Burrows throws the puck from the right wing boards near the top of the ciircle and Kesler is in front to get a stick on it and puts it past Niemi. Kesler gets his seventh. Edler gets an assist. We're tied at 2-2.

19:32 -- Another icing call against the Sharks . Luongo out of the net.

18:52 -- Whistles have been few over the last half of the game. Sharks still outshooting Vancouver, 36-19.

10:00 -- Setoguchi has played well, by the way. Four shots and seven hits. Sharks outshooting the Canucks, 31-15. Thornton leads all with six shots. Kesler only has one. He hasn't missed a shift this period, though.

8:08 -- Bieksa back on the ice.

6:50 -- So now we hear that Bieksa may be hurt. Let's see, that's Kesler and now Bieksa (if that's true). Shots are 5-2, San Jose, in this period. Sharks are still dominating, 30-14.

3:50 -- Burrows on the follow through clips Vlasic in the face with his stick. He's going off with a towel in his mouth.

0:24 -- Big break for the Sharks. Pavelski had the puck in the neutral zone, went by Henrik Sedin, got the puck off his own leg, Luongo tried to play it but Setoguchi was there to put the puck into the empty net. Setoguchi gets his seventh goal. Huskins also gets an assist. Sharks 2, Canucks 1.


SYNOPSIS: Give lots of credit to Niemi for keeping the Sharks in the game. He made some solid saves. He hasn't lost a playoff series in his nearly two-year career. San Jose has 53 chances on goal (25 actual shots) while Vancouver has 31 (12). There are no passengers on either side tonight. Thornton leads everyone with five shots. Kesler has only one, but he's solid in the circle (winning eight of his 10 draws -- that's 80 percent!). The question is: how is Kesler? As a team, the Canucks lead in the circle, 63 to 37 percent.

20:00 -- The teams have traveled 40 miles and the score is tied 1-1.

18:17 -- San Jose takes a time out. Niemi made two solid saves a few moments ago. He stopped a shot from up high by Henrik Sedin and Burrows tried to backhand the rebound.

16:40  -- Shots for the game, 25-11 in favor of San Jose. For the period, 9-5, in favor of San Jose. Thornton leads everyone with five shots. By the way, Kesler is back on the ice. He was favoring his left leg.

15:38 -- Penalty over.

13:38 -- Sharks back on the power play. Vancouver has too many men on the ice. Updates: Burrows came back to play. Kesler? Back to the bench.. Raffi Torres to serve the penalty.

12:39 -- Penalty is over.

11:42 -- Niemi has made three solid saves during this power rebounds. Meanwhile, Alex Burrows took a slapper off his body while screening during the power play. He's off to the bench...

10:39 -- Torrey Mitchell goes off for tripping.

9:57 -- Dan Boyle fires a puck from the left point. It goes off Keith Ballard's glove and goes into the net. But Patrick Marleau gets credit for the tip from in front. Marleau gets his eighth goal. Boyle and Joe Pavelski get the assists. Tie score, 1-1. Meanwhile, Ryan Kesler came out of the game. He was chasing Boyle during the power play in the Sharks end and he just pulled up lame...

9:07 -- Penalty...Kevin Bieksa clips Logan Couture with a high stick behind the play.

7:00 -- Close shave. Victor Oreskovich just banged the pipe as he drove from the right side.

6:35 -- Andrrew Desjardins just had a big collision with Keith Ballard.

6:19 -- Kyle Wellwood just missed on a one-timer from the left circle.

6:07 -- Shots are 3-1 in the period and in favor of the Sharks.


SYNOPSIS: The energy is there, on both sides. San Jose got six shots during their 5x3 power play. But no goals! They're outshooting the Canucks, 15-6. Thornton hurt? Sure doesn't look like it. The man has played 7:11, has four shots and has won 50 percent of his faceoffs. So all of you naysayers, forget about it. Dan Boyle has six shot attempts, just one shot. Devin Setoguchi has three hits.

20:00 -- The first 20 miles are done. Vancouver leads 1-0.

17:34 -- San Jose has 14 shots on goal, six came on the very long power play. Credit the Canucks for solid play. Thornton has four shots.
17:00 -- Canucks get three big clears on the 5x3.

14:39 -- Christmas in May. Sharks have a 5x3. Kesler gets the slash on Devin Setoguchi in the corner.

14:03 -- The first penalty of the game is here...Vancouver's Henrik Sedin gets called for the hook.

9:09 -- Shots are now 7-4, Sharks. Canucks lead in the faceoff circle, 75-25 percent.

8:02 -- Razzle dazzle gets the Canucks their first goal of the game. Daniel Sedin has the puck in the left corner, puts a backhand through his legs to Henrik Sedin along the goal line and he passes it to Alex Burrows in the slot for the goal. Burrows gets his seventh, 1-0 Canucks.

5:28 -- Ryan Kesler tries to jam the puck past Niemi on the short side. No dice. That's a shot, by the way. Vancouver's first!

4:39 -- Vancouver doesn't have a chance on goal!

4:00 -- Vancouver has zero shots!!

MORE QUICK NOTES: Early in the game, Marleau has three shots!

1:41 -- Good early cycle in the Vancouver end. Patrick Marleau gets a right on shot on Roberto Luongo, Thornton gets the rebound and Luongo makes the leg save and squeezes the puck.

MORE QUICK NOTES: In the lineup tonight -- Jamie McGinn, Andrew Desjardins, Kent Huskins and Jamal Mayers.

QUICK NOTE: Joe Thornton did skate the pregame warm up. That shouldn't be a surprise. He said he's going.

Good afternoon (evening) and welcome to the Game 5 Live Blog as the San Jose Sharks face the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Western Conference Final.

Just about every possible story angle has been covered leading up to this game. There’s the Joe Thornton angle (he’ll play, he’s 100 percent, end of story). There’s the Vancouver Game 5 woes angle (didn’t win either one in their quarterfinal and semifinal series). There’s the 3-1 deficit comeback angle (click here to read our story on comebacks after being down 3-1 in a series). And so on and so on.

Enough! Play the darn the game.

Here’s what to look for tonight. A lot of this is rudimentary, but we all need to be reminded:

Can the Sharks stifle Vancouver in a 5-on-5 setting again? Note that the Canucks had just seven shots in Game 4 when the teams were at even strength.

What about the power play? San Jose had four chances in Game 4 (three in the first period) and came up empty. They’re going up against the National Hockey League’s top penalty kill unit. They need to break that down.

About those penalties? The conga line to the box in the second period of Game 4 led to Vancouver’s three 5-on-3 goals. Those goals, and the inefficient power play, had to suck life out of the Sharks. How to avoid penalties? Keep the feet moving, watch the sticks and keep the emotions in check. The last time the Sharks were in British Columbia, the fur flew all over the place. They have to be in control. Hockey is an emotional game and the Sharks can’t let emotions get the best of them.

Can the Sharks take the Rogers Arena crowd out of the game right away? If you were at Game 4 on Sunday, there were a lot of loud Canucks fans in attendance. They were even singing “O Canada” before the team came out for warm-ups! If the Sharks can score first and play like they’re trying to beat the traffic from work on a Friday afternoon in the Bay Area, that’ll silence the folks at Rogers Arena. And that’s to their benefit.

Can they make Roberto Luongo work? The Sharks have to get pucks on Luongo often. The Canucks defense will probably be without Christian Ehrhoff and Aaron Rome again (both got derailed in Game 3).

Records in elimination games and other meaningless stats are just that – meaningless. As Coach Todd McLellan would probably say, it’s all about today. We’ll soon see if the Sharks are ready as they take things one step at a time…

REFEREES: Stephen Walkom and Steve Kozari
LINESMEN: Jay  Sharrers and Greg Devorski

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