NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks, Game 5 Live Blog
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.
Thank you for joining the Bleacher Report Western Conference Game 5 live blog.
Kevin Bieksa ends the Sharks season at 10:18 of the second overtime on one of the oddest plays in hockey history. The puck deflected up and out of view, before somehow bouncing back directly to Bieksa's stick. He shoots the puck past Niemi before anyone knows what is happening.
Can't be more proud of the Sharks' effort in Game 5, they responded and played a very good game but ultimately could not solve Luongo.
Congratulations to the Vancouver Canucks who advances to the Stanley Cup Finals to face either the Boston Bruins or Tampa Bay Lightning.
Play starts to open up as Vancouver is applying some heavy pressure, Niemi is up to the task on three consecutive saves.
Luongo makes the big save on Murray's slapshot from just above the right circle, going back the other way Niemi saves the day on the breakaway chance from Higgins. What a terrific save after not seeing much action since the second period, Niemi makes the huge stop.
Douglas Murray delivers the huge open ice hit on Ryan Kesler, Pavelski takes the puck the other way and shoots on goal before Luongo freezes the puck.
Roberto Luongo comes up with a big save on Logan Couture on a odd man rush down the ice, another big faceoff coming up in the Vancouver zone.
Sharks third line with some good pressure assisted by Ian White's strong play at the point. Heatley barely missing low to the left on Luongo, good pass from Torrey Mitchell.
Double overtime is underway with Joe Pavelski winning the draw against Henrik Sedin. Niemi comes up with a big save against Daniel Sedin from just above the right circle.
The first overtime period comes to an end, with the Sharks outshooting the Canucks 52-28. Good period for the Sharks who controlled play for long stretches, but Vancouver had quite a few quality chances late in OT.
San Jose needs to keep up their play and hopefully find the chink in Luongo's armor, he's seen a ton of rubber tonight and kept the Canucks in it.
Couture comes up with the huge win in the faceoff circle against Henrik Sedin, but the Sharks turn the puck over allowing some Canuck chances. Niemi comes up big again, before White pushes the puck to Antti for the freeze.
Heatley makes a great defensive play by tipping the pass intended for Raffi Torres on the open net. The Sharks are still controlling play for the most part, huge faceoff in the Sharks zone coming up.
Niemi stops Vancouver overtime hero Alexandre Burrows with a little more than three minutes remaining in the OT period.
Dany Heatley has played a very good game, looking like November Dany for the Sharks. San Jose is starting to tilt the ice towards the Vancouver end, and applying consistent pressure.
Some great back and forth action, with Wellwood barely missing the Clowe feed for the Sharks, Burrows barely missing the loose puck to the right of Niemi for Vancouver.
San Jose now outshooting Vancouver 12-3 in the overtime frame. Big draw coming up in the Vancouver zone halfway through the first OT period.
Niemi comes up with a huge save against Daniel Sedin, as the Sharks get caught once again on the change. Bad play by Huskins entering the zone led to the near breakaway by Daniel Sedin.
Clean faceoff win by Marleau deep in the attacking zone but the Canucks clear the puck.
Sharks pouring on the pressure as Setoguchi just misses on the backhand shot from the slot. Wallin lucks out as he high sticks Raymond, before the Sharks get three great scoring chances on Luongo.
Roberto Luongo comes up with a huge glove save against his ex-teammate in Kyle Wellwood, great scoring chance setup by the Sharks third line.
Sharks get their first pressure of the overtime period, but Boyle's long shot is deflected up and out of play. Great boardwork by Marleau and Thornton, and some crisp passing leads to some quality chances.
Hansen almost gets a clear cut breakaway before being taken down by Ian White, the Sharks are taking too many chances with White getting caught up ice. Sound familiar to any fans?
Vancouver is taking the play to the Sharks right now, Niemi freezes the puck to get his troops collected.
Huskins with another big clear as the Canucks were controlling play deep in the Sharks zone. Canucks keep the pressure on as Niemi comes up with a huge save against Kesler directly to his right.
The Canucks cycle the puck down deep in the Sharks zone to kick off the OT frame, until Burrows takes a huge check from Joe Pavelski as the Sharks clear the zone.
Big effort from Ryan Kesler after leaving the game injured, he's hurt the Sharks tonight winning 71% of his draws, including the huge draw to tie the game.
San Jose needs maximum effort in the overtime frame. They will need another rebound after blowing the lead yet again in the third period and allowing the Canucks to tie.
Outshooting the Canucks 36-20 in regulation, Thornton leads the way with six shots, Heatley and Setoguchi trail with 5 and 4 respectively.
Who will be the hero? San Jose is undefeated in the overtime frame in the playoffs so far.. stay tuned.
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