NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks Game 2 Breakdown

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NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks Game 2 Breakdown
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The Sharks entered Game 2 with an almost must-win mentality; talking about the need to keep their composure and play a clean hard game.

Instead the Sharks lost their wits through a flurry of dumb penalties and basically handed the game to Vancouver 7-3.

Two quick goals in the first period in the span of 40 seconds gave the Canucks the lead, before Patrick Marleau tied the game.

Unfortunately after that, the Sharks self-destructed taking a page from the Vancouver playbook in a playoff meltdown reminiscent of the Canuck-Blackhawk series a year ago.

Early penalties foreshadowed the ugly collapse by San Jose, who took three consecutive undisciplined penalties to give Vancouver the lead.

The Sharks had no business being on the ice in the third period, as emotions and frustration boiled over to blown coverages and poor defensive focus.

Now down 0-2, the Sharks face a tremendous uphill battle to try and restore the competitiveness in this series.

Heading back home will provide the Sharks with a much needed emotional boost, but in a game that needed their utmost effort they went belly-up.

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