Jamal Mayers did not play in favor of the youngster Benn Ferriero and Jason Demers would sit his second consecutive game in the Finals.
The Sharks started the game with good pressure, until an early tripping penalty to Aaron Rome gave the Sharks their second powerplay of the series at 1:19 of the first period.
Just one minute later Logan Couture gave the Sharks the lead with a nifty deke before pushing the puck past Luongo at 2:28.
Ben Eager and Raffi Torres exchanged roughing minors at 5:40 leading to some 4-on-4 hockey. Interestingly enough, McLellan leaves the Vlasic-Huskins pair out there despite the increased open ice. This was the first of a bad string of penalties taken by Eager that put the Sharks behind the eight-ball all night.
At 7:50 Joe Pavelski took a ill-advised tripping penalty against Daniel Sedin giving the Canucks the man advantage.
The Sedin twins orchestrated a nifty give-and-go before Daniel Sedin tied the score at 9:39 of the first period. Just 40 seconds later, the Vancouver third line struck again as Raffi Torres knocked in his second goal of the playoffs at 10:18.
Just two minutes later, Daniel Sedin took the tripping minor at 12:19 on a soft call as he skated behind Dany Heatley to the right side boards.
Patrick Marleau collected his fifth goal of the playoffs on a powerplay scrum that required video review. After the review the puck was deemed to have trickled past Luongo for the tying goal.
The first period came to a close with the shots in the Canucks favor 13-12, and Douglas Murray leading the way physically with five hits.
Second-period play had both teams slowing down the pace a tad, with play middling around in the neutral zone for the first half of the period.
Kevin Bieksa gave Vancouver the lead back at 12:05 by sneaking behind the Sharks even strength, `and shooting it past Niemi near the right post.
Patrick Marleau tried to give the Sharks an emotional boost by taking on Kevin Bieksa after exchanging cross-checks high in the Sharks zone. Although Marleau clearly lost the fight, the Sharks clearly fed off the energy until Ben Eager let emotions get the better of him by boarding Daniel Sedin at 19:32.
The second period ended with a little more than a minute and a half left on the Eager boarding penalty that would carry over to the third. The Sharks penalty killers did a great job killing off the penalty, until Eager again let emotions get the best of him by taking the tripping penalty at 6:57.
Chris Higgins added to the Canuck lead at 7:56, scoring his fourth of the playoffs and giving the Canucks the 4-2 lead.
Just three minutes later, Daniel Sedin got his second goal of the game, capping a long stretch of dominating play from Vancouver.
At 14:30, Aaron Rome rubbed salt into the wounds knocking in his first playoff goal and giving the Canucks the 6-2 lead. Ryane Clowe attempted to fight Lapierre shortly thereafter as frustrations spilled over, but Lapierre smartly did not fight back.
With yet another man advantage, the Canucks added to their lead at 16:42 as Mason Raymond puts the puck past Niemi with his shot from the slot.
Just a minute later, Ben Eager finally contributed to his team by knocking in the puck past Luongo, but couldn’t even celebrate properly as he lingered over the net.
Time would mercifully expire as the Sharks and Ben Eager continued to embarrass themselves late in the third period, the Canucks now have a 2-0 lead heading back to San Jose.