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Head coach Todd McLellan made some interesting lineup changes as expected, and replaced the fourth line by scratching Eager-Nichol-Ferriero. The new fourth line of Jamie McGinn-Jamal Mayers-Andrew Desjardins got the nod instead and played an outstanding game.
Vancouver gave Alexandre Bolduc and Tanner Glass the start in favor of Jeff Tambellini and Cody Hodgson on its fourth line.
The first period got off to a terrific start for the Sharks as they pressed the action deep into the Canuck zone. At 2:03 of the first period, Lapierre was called for roughing as he checked Ian White awkwardly behind the Sharks net.
Patrick Marleau shot the Joe Thornton pass five-hole past Luongo to give the Sharks the lead 1-0 at 3:56 of the first period. Thornton was again deadly behind the net as Marleau scored a goal in his fourth straight game. This was a sign of things to come for the Sharks top line.
Just two minutes later, Christian Ehrhoff took a double minor for high-sticking Torrey Mitchell at 6:54, putting the Sharks on the power play again. Ryane Clowe added to the Sharks' lead by jamming home a Dan Boyle rebound shot at 8:22.
The Sharks continued to dominate the first period, holding the Canucks to just one shot with five minutes left in the first period.
Marleau tallied his second goal of the period at 17:24, with credit to Thornton who stripped Edler at the Sharks blueline. Joe’s heads-up play gave Marleau the breakaway opportunity before beating Luongo high to the glove side for the 3-0 Sharks lead.
The first period closed with another poor turnover committed by Devin Setoguchi that really was the only blemish on what could have been the Sharks’ most complete period of the postseason.
At 3:20 of the second period, Vancouver took their fourth straight penalty as Rome took the hooking minor on McGinn. The Canucks managed to kill their first penalty of the game, but Kevin Bieksa sent the Sharks back on the power play at 6:34.
Unfortunately Joe Pavelski took an offsetting interference penalty at 7:47, and the Canucks had a brief power-play chance as Bieksa left the box. The Sharks killed off the Pavelski minor, and Bieksa continued his march to the sin bin, taking another minor at 10:30.
At 14:27 Desjardins took a holding penalty, giving the Canucks the power play before Thornton was called for holding just a few seconds later.
Facing a 5-on-3 situation, the Sharks penalty killers came up huge as Antti Niemi made some miraculous saves. Just as San Jose killed that penalty, Desjardins made another rookie mistake by tripping Kesler coming out of the box.
The Canucks went back on a 5-on-3 power play, and again the Sharks rose to the occasion, denying the league’s best power-play unit.
The second period closed with the Sharks outshooting the Canucks 14-13 despite being shorthanded for the better part of the period.
Early in the third period, Niemi made his first mistake of the game, clearing the puck directly to Burrows, who wasted no time in finally getting Vancouver on the board at 1:09.
Ryan Kesler prevents a Dany Heatley odd-man rush on Luongo, but took the tripping penalty at 5:02 that would compound as Burrows foolishly took a tripping minor on Niemi just minutes later.
Boyle restored the Sharks' three-goal lead by one-timing the puck past Luongo to give the Sharks their third power-play tally of the night at 6:46.
Aaron Rome continued a Canuck theme, taking a cross-checking penalty at 8:27 and giving the Sharks their ninth power play of the night. The Canucks killed the penalty off, before Rome was hit hard by McGinn deep in the Canuck zone. McGinn was called for a boarding major and game misconduct—a huge penalty at that stage of the game.
At 13:39 Dan Hamhuis cut the San Jose lead to two, one-timing the puck past Niemi from the right circle. Bieksa made it a one-goal game just a few minutes later off a booming shot from the left point.
With time running out and the net vacated for the Canucks, Bieksa took a slashing penalty, effectively killing the man advantage for Vancouver.