San Jose faces a tough task ahead in Game 2, where they try to put the difficult Game 1 third period behind them. Powered by two goals in the span of 79 seconds in the final frame, the Canucks snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as the Sharks blew yet another postseason lead.
With the additional day off for rest, the Sharks must get back to basics to earn the split at Rogers Arena before returning home to the friendly confines of HP Pavilion.
Coming into their second-consecutive Western Conference Finals, not many experts and pundits gave the Sharks a chance, many already slotting Vancouver in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Sharks had enough game to win Game 1, but old habits are hard to break, and they now face a near must-win situation to prevent the 0-2 hole.