First-round preview: Canucks-Sharks

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“He’s been great,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton told reporters Saturday night. “He’s the reason we’re in the postseason. When you have a great goaltender like that, you can ride him a long time.” Schneider enters his first playoffs as starter, and although his regular season has been terrific, it remains to be seen how he’ll react in his first taste as a postseason No. 1. Mind you, the Canucks have a heck of a backup as insurance, right? Schneider, however, missed the final week of the regular season with a mysterious “body” injury, and Vigneault couldn’t confirm he’d be 100 percent ready for Game 1. “If Schneids is healthy, he’s going to play. If he’s not, we have total confidence in Roberto,” Vigneault said Saturday night after Luongo was lit up for seven goals by the Edmonton Oilers . Wouldn’t be Vancouver without goalie drama, right? 3. Additions have added up The Canucks filled a major hole by adding No. source:

NHL Announces 2013 Sharks 1st Round Playoff Dates, Presented by El Camino Hospital

The Sharks 2013 Playoffs are presented by El Camino Hospital, The Hospital of Silicon Valley. The Sharks/Canucks Western Conference Quarterfinals series will begin on Wed., May 1 at 7:30 p.m. PDT at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The entire schedule is listed at bottom of this release. This will be the second Stanley Cup Playoffs meeting between the Sharks and the Canucks. The previous series occurred in the 2011 Western Conference Final, where the Canucks defeated the Sharks in five games. All San Jose Sharks playoff games can be heard on the 98.5/102.1 KFOX (KUFX-FM) and the San Jose Sharks Radio Network (the Sharks pre-game show will air live in its entirety on KFOX starting ½ hour before every game). A detailed local television schedule will be released shortly. Practices at Sharks Ice during the playoffs will be CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. GAME Times listed are PACIFIC TIME Games at HP Pavilion at San Jose in BOLD About El Camino Hospital: As an independent, nonprofit hospital with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, we are empowered to do whatever it takes to bring you the finest quality care. Our administrative leadership helps foster a dynamic, collaborative environment. source:

Sharks @ Canucks Game Day Preview – 5/3/2013

In the previous 14 Game 1 Wins… the Sharks went on to win 9 of the 14 previous series (64.2%) *Game 2… San Jose is 11-17 all-time in Game 2’s but just 4-11 on the road… the Sharks have won just once in their last five Game 2s. *1995… Ulf Dahlen scored at 12:21 of overtime to give the Sharks a 5-4 overtime win at Calgary to put the Sharks ahead 2-0 in their WQF series on May 9, 1995. That was the last time the Sharks had a 2-0 series lead on the road in the playoffs. *Lucky 13… with his goal in Game 1, Logan Couture already has 13 playoff goals for the Sharks… good for 10th all time in team history. Vancouver Notes: *Welcome to the playoffs… defenseman Frank Corrado made his Stanley Cup playoffs debut vs. the Sharks in Game 1. The 20-year-old defenseman was -1 in 12:29 of ice time. *Make the most of it… Andrew Ebbett played just 5:33 for the Canucks in Game 1. The 30-year-old winger has three points (1-2-3) in 18 career playoff games with the Ducks, Coyotes, and Canucks, *A perfect 10… defenseman Kevin Bieska scored his 10th career playoff goal in Game 1 for the Canucks. source:

San Jose Sharks Forward Martin Havlat Injured

By submitting this photo you accept the Photo Terms of Service What do you think? Via Next Impulse Sports  |  1 day ago Drew Remenda and Randy Hahn who handle the San Jose Sharks play-by-play for CNS in the Bay Area had a little fun at the Vancouver green men’s expense during Game 1.  During the telecast they dropped a few jokes about how they are grown men ‘living in their parents’ basements’ and of course ‘the 40-year-old virgin’ burn.  Pretty funny considering all the green men do… Via Diehardsport  |  1 day ago During game one of the Vancouver Canucks-San Jose Sharks playoff series Canucks forward Andrew Ebbett chipped a puck in deep from the neutral zone when Sharks forward James Sheppard came in and hit him into the Sharks bench.  Sheppard added insult to injury by trying to flip him completely into the bench and sort of hold him there, which Ebbett took exception to and a scrum ensued… Sharks pick up road win in Vancouver Via Fox Sports  |  1 day ago Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau scored in the third period for the San Jose Sharks, who rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Wednesday night in the first-round Western Conference series opener. Boyle and Logan Couture both had a goal and an assist, and Marleau pushed San Jose’s lead to 3-1. Antti Niemi made 28 saves for the Sharks, who were outshot 30-28. Kevin Bieksa… Via HockeyBuzz  |  1 day ago The San Jose Sharks silenced the Canucks crowd by scoring three unanswered goals to claim game one in the best of seven series. The Sharks showed patience and a ton of poise by going into Vancouver as the number six seed and winning game one by the score of 3-1 against a team that many people have picked to be a dark horse to win the Cup. source:

Sharks rally past Canucks to win series opener on road

The Canucks didn’t win a playoff game at home last spring and now have lost five straight postseason games at Rogers Arena, dating to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. “It’s the type of series where it’s going to be tight-checking, physical games, and we’re going to have to find ways to get it done,” Luongo said. Luongo made a number of excellent saves early as the Sharks outshot Vancouver 6-1 in the first 4:06 of the game. Luongo got the crowd roaring when he stopped Marleau’s one-timer from the slot during a power play. He also stretched across his crease to stop Martin Havlat ‘s shot off Marleau’s rebound. Moments later, Luongo gloved Thornton’s shot from the wing while the Sharks were still on their power play. Vancouver’s best chance in the first came on Roy’s one-timer that Niemi appeared to get a piece of before it hit the crossbar. Bieksa got credit for Vancouver’s first goal, at 12:26 of the second period, after former Canucks forward Raffi Torres inadvertently stuffed the puck into his own net during a scramble. The goal ignited Vancouver’s offense. Soon after, Daniel Sedin put a shot off the crossbar from a sharp angle. source:


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