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Discuss: Sharks bite Canucks, take Game 1 in Vancouver

May 2, 2013, 1:17 AM EST

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VANCOUVER — The San Jose Sharks broke a 1-1 tie with 10:43 left in the third period when veteran defenseman Dan Boyle pounced on a loose puck that Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo couldn’t corral. All Boyle had to do was snap it into a wide-open net and it was 2-1 for the visitors.

Then, around five minutes later, Patrick Marleau sent many of the fans for the exits with San Jose’s third goal.

The Sharks would hold on for a 3-1 victory and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Vancouver opened the game’s scoring with an ugly one. With 7:34 remaining in the second, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa was credited with the tally after a loose puck found its way under and past Antti Niemi following a wild scramble in the crease.

But Canucks forward Zack Kassian took an undisciplined roughing penalty with four minutes left in the second. The big 22-year-old — who was a physical presence all night — got his arms up too high as he hit Logan Couture along the boards. Only 35 seconds later, Couture scored with the man advantage to tie the game, 1-1.

Luongo was brilliant in the first period, making a number of big stops, the best coming off Martin Havlat.

The Canucks are now 2-9 in their last 11 playoff games, dating back to the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. They’ve also lost five straight playoff games at Rogers Arena.

Game 2 goes Friday in Vancouver. Will it be Luongo again? Or, will Cory Schneider be ready to step in?

  1. sjawesome - May 2, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Canucks can be a very very good team. If the sharks are going to best them they need to continue playing smart and keep the momentum on their side. Foot on the gas and don’t look back

  2. canucks30 - May 2, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    San Jose is dominating in the faceoff circle and in special teams right now.

    Therefore, the only way the Canucks can win this series is with superior goaltending or better 5 on 5 play.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think they are capable of either.

  3. thewaytonever - May 2, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    that was a hell if a game. it what I expect from the nucks to give us as much hell as possible. gritty game from both teams. can’t wait for game 2. of the 6 games played thus far this one was the best display of two teams that really want it. Go Sharks

    • colby7 - May 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Sharks a really solid team this year, if they can get by the Canucks I am thinking they can go deep. Canucks are missing elite young talent like Couture to go with the experience. It’s going to be a good series, the Canucks tend to do better recently when they can get away from all the distractions at home.

      When well the world acknowledge that Torres is a difference maker? I swear the Canucks never would of made it to the finals two years ago if not for that guy, he’s like a mini-power forward.

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - May 2, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    Easy like a Sunday morning, yeah yeah

  5. jpat2424 - May 2, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Fantastic

  6. sharksman - May 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    It was a great game it could have gone either way until the boyle goal. Canucks came really close once they pulled luongo. I thought luongo really played well. Lots of hard hitting some bad non calls (goaltender interference) which should have been called on the canucks goal and also could have been called on the sharks 2nd goal so it all evens out. really bad elbow to the face on TJ , wonder if the league will look at it .
    All in all a tough game looks like it is going to be a hell of a series ! GO SHARKS !!

  7. joelwrobinson - May 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    the sharks are going to sweep this series.

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