Welcome to the San Jose Sharks Bleacher Report blog for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The Sharks will attempt to stave off elimination facing a 1-3 deficit in the series against the Vancouver Canucks in the best of seven series.
San Jose carries a 4-4 record as the guest in these playoffs and had a 23-14-4 road record this season.
They will need an outstanding performance from Antti Niemi who has struggled this series, with a 4.33 goals-against and a .857 save percentage coming into Game 5.
The Canucks haven't had the best of luck this year when faced with the chance to end a series, with a 2-4 record in such games.
Vancouver held a three-games-to-none lead over Chicago in the opening round, but lost three in a row before winning the series in Game 7. The Canucks blew a two game lead against Nashville in Round 2, before ending that series in six games.
They will attempt to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 17 years exactly to the date.