NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks Game 3 Breakdown

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NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks Game 3 Breakdown
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With their backs against the wall Friday, the San Jose Sharks dominated the Vancouver Canucks at HP Pavilion and had to hang on for the huge 4-3 win. The Sharks climbed back into the series behind a two-goal performance by Patrick Marleau.

The Sharks had heard it from experts, pundits and even their own “fans” after their Game 2 collapse.

Heard how the Canucks were just too fast, too physical and too skilled for San Jose?  About how a 0-2 series hole was almost certainly going to result in San Jose’s third exit from the Western Conference finals in their third appearance.

Instead the Sharks responded with all the chips in the table, answering the call in yet another season-defining moment.  San Jose came together as a team and showed their doubters and that they mean business.

Game 3 was the ultimate gut-check for the men in teal, and the chance to even the series in Game 4 lies ahead for the San Jose Sharks. 

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