Sharks cap rally with OT goal to take 2-0 lead on Canucks

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“I think it shows a lot about our team,” said Torres. “We give up the lead, they were playing great. They were coming at us with everything. We showed a lot of determination, a lot of perseverance.” The Sharks took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to San Jose for games Sunday and Tuesday. San Jose was 17-2-5 at home this season. Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose. The Canucks took their sixth consecutive loss in a home playoff game. Now, they might not get another one after winning their fifth consecutive Northwest Division title. Ryan Kesler scored two third-period goals for Vancouver, helping the Canucks overcome a 1-0 deficit that stood since the first period. “I thought we played exceptional tonight,” said Kesler. “We just didn’t get it done. source:

NHL: San Jose 3, Vancouer 2 (OT)

San Jose has a 2-0 lead in the series, which heads to Vancouver for games on Sunday and Tuesday. The Sharks rolled to a 5-1 victory in the series opener Wednesday, but appeared headed for a loss in this one until Patrick Marleau scored with 56 seconds left in regulation to forge a 2-2 tie. Torres won it by putting a slap shot past Roberto Luongo . San Jose’s Joe Thornton scored a first-period goal and the Sharks maintained their 1-0 lead through two periods. Ryan Kesler then scored twice during the first 7:06 of the third period to give Vancouver the lead. Antti Niemi made 29 saves to get the victory. Luongo was touched for three goals on 33 shots. The Sharks joined Chicago and St. Louis with 2-0 leads in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Only Detroit has won a road game thus far in the West and is even with Anaheim at 1-1. source:

San Jose Sharks steal second Stanley Cup playoffs win over Vancouver Canucks

With under seven minutes to go in the opening frame, a sequence of shots and deflections culminated in Joe Thornton going down as he reached around a defender to sweep in a goal wide of Roberto Luongo. Brent Burns and Brad Stuart got the assists, and the Sharks finished the period with a 10-4 edge in the shot department. The Canucks took over in the second period, and Antti Niemi saved them 14 times including a couple chances the crowd was already starting to celebrate. The Sharks had eight shots in the period, but none that got by Luongo. A penalty in the first minute of the third to Andrew Desjardins opened the door for Ryan Kesler , who finally gave Vancouver something to cheer about. In just over six minutes, he helped change the outlook from bleak to rosy. Twenty seconds into the power play, he shot a rocket from the point that Niemi never saw (and still nearly gloved) to tie the game. Minutes later he corralled a Dan Boyle pass that caromed off the stick of Joe Pavelski and whipped a shot in the top corner before San Jose could react. The Canucks remained on the attack deep into the period, nearly sewing up the win but for a great save by Niemi and then a shot inches wide of the open net with just over a minute to go. But the Sharks finally established an attack as they entered the last minute of regulation. Pavelski battled to get the puck to an open Boyle at the point, who skated around a sprawling defender and send it into the slot. source:


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