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Discuss: Sharks beat Canucks, can sweep Tuesday

May 6, 2013, 12:47 AM EDT

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The brooms will be out Tuesday in San Jose after the Sharks blew out the Canucks, 5-2, Sunday at HP Pavilion.

San Jose now leads the first-round series, 3-0, and will try not to look past Vancouver before finishing the job in Game 4.

For the Canucks, it’s almost eery how similar the 2013 playoffs have been to last year, when they went out in five to the Kings in the first round. In both series, goalie Roberto Luongo got the start in the first two games — at home against a lower seed — and lost twice. Also in both series, Cory Schneider came in for Game 3 on the road, but couldn’t turn the tide.

Granted, like last year, goaltending hasn’t been the biggest issue for Vancouver. The Canucks just can’t score anymore.

Some discussion points:

—- Fun fact for Sharks fans: the last three teams to beat the Canucks in the playoffs won the Stanley Cup.

—- Fun fact II for Sharks fans: Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored twice in nine seconds in the third period, but it wasn’t the fastest two goals in San Jose playoff history. The club record is eight seconds, by John MacLean and Ron Sutter in 1998.

— Not only did Couture finish with two goals and two assists, he was practically unbeatable in the faceoff circle.

—- Is Joe Pavelski the best third-line center in the NHL right now? They used to say that about Jordan Staal when he was in Pittsburgh, but then he was traded to Carolina. Pavelski had San Jose’s first two goals in Game 3, both on neat redirects.

—- Schneider was pulled after allowing five goals, including three in the opening minutes of the third period. Who will get the nod for the Canucks on Tuesday? Does it even matter?

—- Is there any way head coach Alain Vigneault keeps his job if the Canucks lose to San Jose, which it appears they will? If he’s fired, would it be the right call, or is it general manager Mike Gillis who deserves the blame for the team’s failings the past two years? Is a major roster shakeup required, or do they give it one more year with the current group? The Sedins have one more year remaining on their contracts before they can become unrestricted free agents.

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  1. btlpper68 - May 6, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Up 3-0 because we cheated… Just plz DONT riot Vancouver nice city up thrre

    • geauxshawx - May 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      At least those “nice city” fans won’t get to boo the US national anthem this year. Series won’t be back there for it.

  2. scottybcboy - May 6, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Not AV’s fault, not Schneid’s fault, just as the Final loss wasn’t Lu’s fault…….it all lies with the Sedin’s.
    Superstars? Baaaahaha, just because you get a point per game, as they have the last two games, doesn’t make you a star. They were absolutely invisible, not what you expect out of your captain and his “A” wearing twin.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 6, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      I did see one of them throw an elbow to someone’s chin after a tie up

    • imleftcoast - May 6, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      They weren’t invisible. They were on the ice for the tying goal in Game 2. I’d say that was AV’s fault. There are two seasons, and they flourish in the one where crosschecking and holding are called. They aren’t great in the season where retaliation penalties are the only ones called in the NHL’s great logic.

      • scottybcboy - May 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Glad my team employs players that can play in both seasons, lol!

  3. sharksfan754 - May 6, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Another sharks fact Jason, the sharks have never swept an opponent up 3-0 in a series this according to Kevin Kurz.. Obviously I hope that changes but as bad as the nucks were tonight they still have a lot of talent

  4. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Looks like Canucks weren’t playing possum…looking more and more like roadkill?

    Think Sharks, think Jaws…

    Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies,
    Farwell and adieu all you ladies of Spain;
    For we’ve received orders to sail for old England;
    And perhaps we shall never more see you again.

    • blomfeld - May 6, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      from the excellent movie ‘Master and Commander’ ! :)

  5. rebel21das - May 6, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Time to break out the brooms baby!!! I absolutely love Fun fact #1 for Sharks fans “the last three teams to beat the Canucks in the playoffs won the Stanley Cup.” One can only hope this trend will continue, Boosh what a game and oh yeah go Sharks!!!

  6. faulkner22 - May 6, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Jay Bouwmeester has won more playoff games in the last week than the Canucks have in the last two years.

    • 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      … oh my actual God, you’re not even trolling.

  7. giantsfan155 - May 6, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    This game was a joke. Hope the whales come out to play for Game 4..Sharks need a challenge so they can prep for the next round.

    • giantsfan155 - May 6, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      Also, the sedin sisters, and especially bieksa need a good beating. (As if the incoming sweep isn’t embarrassing enough) Rather than cheap shot your opponents, why not try to make some plays, score some goals, and win a game?

      • giantsfan155 - May 6, 2013 at 1:30 AM

        Oh also, #goaliecontroversy? how about #tradethemboth. Put burrows in net, his big mouth can probably stop more pucks. When it’s not biting peoples’ fingers that is.

      • imleftcoast - May 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Oh also #badwinner and #fairweatherfan. Go watch baseball loser.

      • giantsfan155 - May 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        how mad are you bud?

  8. ethanmacleod1685 - May 6, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Easy like a Sunday morning, trolololololol

  9. deezenucks - May 6, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Die hard Canucks fan, been saying it since they lost to the bruins. Canucks don’t have the players to play playoff hockey, I like AV but I hate the type of game the Nucks play. Down 3 games again, thought they learned their lesson last year if not before. I’m not even mad because I expected this outcome vs any opponent they had in the 1st. No pushback, no heart. Look at how Montreal took their loss, I was surprised to see soo many comments where people didnt enjoy it… Better then what I just watched. Start luo next game, he’s earned it and deserves better then this. Gillis and Av need to go, keep Kesler Bieksa and Tanev, get rid of the Sedins, (great guys reg season and off ice) but this team needs a new identity and direction.

    • 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 5:01 AM

      As far as blowing up the team goes, they’d be wise to consider modelling the team after the Blues. They have several similar players in the roster as it stands – Kesler, Burrows, Higgins, Hamhuis, Bieksa, etc. Deal the Sedins and one of the goalies, buy out Booth and Ballard and replace AV. That’s what the team needs now. Embrace the D-first trend of the NHL today and acquire as many gritty, physical two-way forwards as possible.

      • imleftcoast - May 6, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        I forgot Booth was on the roster. Is it a measure of the GM how many guys are being paid to sit in the press box? I’m not on what level the Canucks are successful enough for Gillis and Vigneault to continue.

  10. profsudz - May 6, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Gonna be a LONG flight back to Mars for the Sedins

  11. blomfeld - May 6, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    COULD THE SEDINS BE WITCHES ?

    Friends, all I know is that should the Canucks lose again on Tuesday night, then the Sedin brothers would be best served by taking a ‘direct’ flight home from California to ‘gamla’ Sverige. If they don’t, then I fear is that we could see a repeat of the infamous 1692 Salem Witch Trials taking place right here in Vancouver in 2013 !

  12. rgotoguy - May 6, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    Curious to see how Lou will be blamed… lol.

  13. gramkind - May 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Easy to point out Sedins as the problem. They surely do deserve the lions share of blame but since 2011 against Boston (in playoffs) they avg like a goal a game. Sorry theres 4 lines, and not one of them has shown up. Cannot just Blame AV or MG either. Bruins just stole their souls, oh wait a team with as many gingers as we have didn’t have souls to begin with.

  14. sanjosecupcrazy - May 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Vancouver fans: You’ve earned this. Just like two years ago, your fans came into our building and acted like a bunch of classes douchebags. This time, we handled our business and embarrassed you guys. Truly enjoyed watching your pathetic group just sit there as we roared with goal after goal after goal…. and continually watched your classless team embarrass itself. Couldn’t happen to a bigger group of rejects, both on and off the ice. San Jose fans, Chicago fans, fans of other Canadian teams — hell, hockey fans EVERYWHERE — are relishing in your misery. How does that taste?

    You know what the best part of this is going to be? Watching you guys nuke this team at the end of the season and knowing that the Sharks put the final dagger in that flaming carcas. Get your tee times ready, Nuckleheads! For you, summer vacation has arrived!

    • blomfeld - May 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Sanjosecupcrazy … Man, you sure don’t pull any punches, but good on you for telling it like it is. This business of arrogant Canuck fans going into American arenas and bellowing out the Canadian national anthem etc, has always angered me to no end. As a Canadian man, nothing irks me more than fellow Canadians insulting or attempting to hurt our American neighbors and ‘best friends’ to the south. In all likelihood the Canucks will now be dispatched for good either tomorrow night or two nights after that. And then a long summer of soul searching and retrospect will begin for them, which hopefully includes the many clowns who think it’s funny to go and sing O’Canada on American soil. As for you Sharks, you’re to be commended for a ‘job well done’ and hopefully you will come to enjoy the satisfaction of this ‘righteous revenge’ to it’s fullest extent … Blomfeld

      • sanjosecupcrazy - May 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Great email, Blomfeld, but “O’ Canada” is certainly not the problem with the Nucklehead fans. (As a matter of fact, I look forward to it and our crowd loves to sing along to it). Canadian people are awesome and people down here LOVE you guys…… It’s simply the way the Vancouver fans in particular behave in the arenas down here. IT’s a complaint with every fan base — I’ve heard it from people I know who have season tickets in Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles as well.

        Two years ago, they came in here and spent the intermissions gathered in clusters, attempting to bait any Sharks fan they could into a fight (unprovoked). I had a guy grab the rally towel I was holding from across the aisle pull me close to him for absolutely no reason and say, “You wanna go?”….. while he was sitting next to the three eight year-old kids he brought with him. They’ve been belligerent, obnoxious and condescending — last night was no different, even down 2-0 in the series. You wouldn’t believe how they acted after Vancouver cut the lead to 2-1. Needless to say, each one of them got a ration of it as the lead grew.

        I’ve gone into opposing buildings as a fan many times, wearing a jersey, cheering for my team, so I get that and respect it. I have no problem with someone coming into our buildling, having a good time and cheering for their team. Make friends with the people around you, be respectful, have a good convo about hockey — it’s all good and the fans down here leave people like that alone. But when someone comes in and acts like an obnoxious prick, they bring it on themselves. We’ve just seen that repeatedly from the Vancouver fan base. The arrogance for a team that hasn’t won a cup yet is unbelievable.

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