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Todd McLellan stuck with the same fourth line of Desjardins-Mayers-McGinn that performed so well for the San Jose Sharks in Game 3. The Canucks shuffled their fourth line, going with Alexandre Bolduc-Tanner Glass-Cody Hodgson and a pairing of Keith Ballard and Christopher Tanev due to the Ehrhoff and Rome’s injuries.
Just 30 seconds into the game, Tanner Glass gave the Sharks the man advantage by tripping Ian White following a faceoff in the Canuck zone.
San Jose got off on the wrong foot on the power play, losing the puck and allowing the Canucks to get a few chances shorthanded. Antti Niemi was sharp early, especially on the shorthanded two-on-one scoring opportunity against Jannick Hansen and Mason Raymond.
Vancouver killed the penalty and both teams play a relatively conservative game, with shots almost even at 5-4 halfway through the period.
Kevin Bieksa missed on a tip play in the Sharks zone, and took a high-sticking penalty on Joe Thornton in the neutral zone at 10:32.
The Canucks then killed the Bieksa penalty only to have Tanner Glass take another minor by boarding Ian White deep in the Vancover zone.
Vancouver continued their early special teams success, leaving the Sharks power play sputtering with just one shot on goal at this point.
Raffi Torres then took an undisciplined charging penalty late in the first period as he delivered a huge hit to Douglas Murray, sending the big Swede toppling in a rare display.
The first period came to an end, with some huge saves against Clowe, Pavelski and McGinn made by Roberto Luongo for the Canucks. San Jose outshot Vancouver 10-6 for the period, but didn't register many second chance opportunities in a very close game.
Vancouver continued their lazy play when Dan Hamhuis took a hooking penalty after Patrick Marleau entered the Canuck zone with speed. This hooking penalty came directly on the heels of the Torres penalty that carried over from the first period. Unfortunately, the Sharks power-play continued to struggle with some costly puck handling errors from Heatley and Wellwood, but Luongo did see a ton of Shark rubber early.
Dany Heatley took a high-sticking minor at 8:15 on a sloppy play in the neutral zone on Cody Hodgson, and Daniel Sedin sold the tripping penalty on Torrey Mitchell just 30 seconds into the penalty.
Ryan Kesler then scored his first goal of the series on the 5-on-3 power play, giving the Canucks the lead at 9:16 on the one-timer rocket.
Shortly following that, San Jose was caught with their second too many men on the ice penalty in as many games, putting the Canucks back on the two-man advantage.
Salo then extended the Vancouver lead at 10:55, beating Niemi through the screen in front low to the stick side for the two-goal lead.
Douglas Murray then put the Canucks right back on the two-man advantage by flipping the puck out of play in his own zone for a costly delay of game penalty at 11:01.
Just 10 seconds later, Salo slammed another past Niemi from Henrik Sedin’s feed to extend the Canucks lead to three goals at 11:11 of the second period.
The dazed Sharks finally managed to get back to even strength with just seven minutes left in the period, and a quick look at the box score showed that Vancouver had scored three goals on just four shots in the frame. The Sharks led the shots 18-10 after the second period, but behind three consecutive five-on-three power-play goals found themselves squarely behind the eight-ball.
McLellan shuffled his lineup coming into the third period, demoting Setoguchi and putting Logan Couture at wing on the top line alongside Thornton and Marleau.
San Jose was able to apply some early pressure coming off the line changes, but could not capitalize, missing several chances early.
Henrik Sedin struck again at 5:43 of the third period, passing the puck through Niemi’s legs and to an open Burrows for an easy fourth Vancouver goal.
Andrew Desjardins finally got the Sharks on the board at 7:02, tipping a Vlasic wrister from the point past Luongo drawing the Sharks within three.
San Jose had a few chances following that goal, finally showing some jump in their stride before Marleau’s interference penalty at 13:29 gave Vancouver yet another power-play. Joe Thornton left the game after being hammered by Raffi Torres late in the third period, and the Sharks could have certainly used him in the remainder of the game.
Luongo would answer two short-handed chances by the Sharks, before Ryane Clowe tallied with just four minutes left in the game at even strength. A nifty back-handed setup from Logan Couture led to the score, with the secondary assist going to Patrick Marleau who had just exited the box.
San Jose wasted no time pulling Niemi for the sixth attacker with two minutes left in the game, but could not solve Luongo to close the deficit.