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Discuss: San Jose sweeps out Vancouver with 4-3 overtime win

May 8, 2013, 1:23 AM EDT

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It took a late game scare and then some but the San Jose Sharks have swept out the Vancouver Canucks with a 4-3 victory in OT.

Patrick Marleau scored a power play goal 13:18 into overtime to give the Sharks the victory. The call that led to the man advantage wouldn’t be without controversy as Daniel Sedin was whistled for boarding Tommy Wingels in OT.  Joe Pavelski scored two goals to lead the way for San Jose including a power play goal late in the third to tie things up.

Alex Burrows led the way for Vancouver with two goals in a vastly improved effort. After a rough Game 3, Cory Schneider bounced back nicely making 43 saves in the loss.

The win gives the Sharks their first playoff sweep in franchise history and makes them the first team to move on to the second round.

Here are your talking points for this one:

— Penalties are sure to be a point of contention as the Sharks tied the game and won it thanks to two iffy calls. A cross-checking call to Kevin Bieksa late in the third led to Pavelski’s power play tally. Sedin’s penalty in OT is sure to generate a lot of heat.

— For what it’s worth, Daniel Sedin got a misconduct for abusive language after the game. Those are 10 minutes he’s probably OK with taking given the circumstances.

— What’s next for Vancouver? A potentially explosive summer. The future of GM Mike Gillis and head coach Alain Vigneault could both be up in the air. Roberto Luongo may have played his final game as a Canuck and had to take a seat the last two games, much as he did last year against the Kings. Guys like David Booth and Chris Higgins could wind up in new uniforms as well. Vancouver’s season might be over, but the drama is just beginning.

— What does San Jose do now that they’ll get nearly a week of rest before the start of the second round? They’ll root for the other three series to be destructive to everyone involved. These Sharks are going to be tough to deal with.

— Want some crazy numbers? Look at what Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, and Patrick Marleau did. Those three combined for 21 points in the four games against Vancouver. Pavelski finished with five goals and three assists while Couture had three goals and five assists. Marleau had four goals and an assist for himself. He’s so un-clutch.

  1. sjsblitz - May 8, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Feel free to cry about that OT penalty on the golf course. SWEEEEEEP!!!

    • weenerman - May 8, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      Good luck getting another 24-10
      Power play advantage again in these playoffs. You may have won the series, but you won’t win the cup.

      • sjsblitz - May 8, 2013 at 2:02 AM

        I’d take sweeping the most hated team in the league as a consolation prize any day!

      • weenerman - May 8, 2013 at 2:06 AM

        Just shows how low your standards are.

      • giantsfan155 - May 8, 2013 at 2:25 AM

        if you re-watch the games, both teams got horrible calls against them. it just so happens you got more penalties because your team is 10x more undisciplined. cya laters, enjoy the gold course.

      • weenerman - May 8, 2013 at 2:44 AM

        We’ll see you there in two weeks.

      • bucrightoff - May 8, 2013 at 6:48 AM

        Well I mean when Vancouver fans say your standards are low, they must be low. Their standard is to get far enough to justify the riot.

      • stockspyder - May 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        if only we could face the Canucks every round eh?

  2. blkeskimo1785 - May 8, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Tough call on Sedin, but…oh well!

    • polegojim - May 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Yes, but to be pointed… forget the call on Sedin… the Canucks failed AGAIN in the playoffs… should have never been 3-0.

      I’ve said it here for the past 3 years… this team lacks the balls to push through to the end. That’s not an opinion… it’s a sad fact.

  3. 2cucry - May 8, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Yes .. No More AV post game comments… but in all honesty.. Brutal call against D. S…. wow.. hate to see the ref influence the outcome of the game

    • 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      The Canucks were losing the series either way, but I really hate seeing refs decide the outcome. The game is always better when they put away the whistles and let the teams play, ignoring minor infractions in favour of allowing some fun old-time hockey to happen. Shame they did the opposite tonight.

      • jpelle82 - May 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        agreed, even if they eek this one out in ot, they werent winning 3 more in a row.

  4. hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Perfect ending for the Canucks. They’ll have a scapegoat other than a teammate for this loss too.

  5. r8rbhawk - May 8, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Hawks fan here that hates the Canucks, but even I think that penalty in OT was complete BS. I love to see the Canucks lose, but not like that.

  6. kitshky - May 8, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Two things I noticed about San Jose’s game plan;

    1 – They were unreal at keeping the play alive at the point. I can’t remember the last time I saw a team that seemed to always have just enough wing and defense support along the mid boards and at the point.
    2 – I’ve never seen a pro club pinch behind the net and pressure the defenseman holding the puck as much as San Jose did in this series… and it was frgn effective.

  7. burgh916 - May 8, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    I remember for multiple years San Jose was always on the top, and had a fast exit. Good to see them advance!

  8. canucks30 - May 8, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Teams that beat Vancouver in the playoffs usually go on to win the Stanley Cup:

    2001 Avalanche
    2002 Red Wings
    2007 Ducks
    2010 Blackhawks
    2011 Bruins
    2012 Kings

    Can the Sharks do the same?

    • tone360 - May 8, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      No

    • nhlidiots - May 8, 2013 at 2:11 AM

      Nope they will choke as usual ! Can’t believe I’m going to say this but the hawks will kill the sharks ! After seeing the antics by this team and their band wagon fans I would hope that a team with way more class and yes integrity to the game will beat this team !

      • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2013 at 2:14 AM

        huh?

      • giantsfan155 - May 8, 2013 at 2:54 AM

        bandwagon fans? from where?

      • sharksman - May 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Bandwagon fans ????? Really ?? Sharks sell out almost every game and now were bandwagon fans ?? It isn’t like this is the first time they made the playoffs and they haven’t won anything yet so there really isn’t a wagon to jump on yet.

    • polegojim - May 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      C-30… I would hope that the Canucks are neither satisfied nor proud of with being the revolving door, beaten path, and worn out door-mat to the Stanley Cup. That’s not a consolation prize.

  9. billyhauntswizards - May 8, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    horrible call to end the series, but to be honest I don’t think the nucks would’ve won anyway. They played a hell of a game, though.

    • kitshky - May 8, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      Yep, as soon as this series started it was pretty clear Vancouver didn’t have the horses. The officiating might have played a role in them getting swept but it wasn’t the reason they lost.

      • 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 1:41 AM

        Well-said. Officiating might have made this a sweep, but Vancouver’s play guaranteed a series loss eventually. The Sharks were plainly better. I just hope the Canucks organization doesn’t use the bad calls to excuse the team’s play. It needs a serious change in direction and a lot of guys need to go – Vigneault first amongst them.

  10. sharksfan754 - May 8, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    That was a soft call for overtime and I’m thrilled to sweep the nucks (as are most of pht nation)but I’d like to remind my fellow sharks fans that this is only the first round and there is still a ways to go. Enjoy it for a night and a night alone!

    • bcisleman - May 8, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      After the Sid call in Game 3 vs the Isles, nothing is soft. Refs call what they want.

  11. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Great game by the canucks. Tight series all the way through. That was interference, not sure why they said it was a board.
    In OT i see why a call like that would upset the canucks and fans. I would be upset also!

    On a side note. Anyone see Bieksa crying when the Sharks tied it up?

    • sjsblitz - May 8, 2013 at 2:03 AM

      i loved the fans behind him in the penalty box making crying gestures lol

      • stockspyder - May 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        They needed teal spandex to complete the taunt

  12. 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Two soft calls lead to two power play goals for the Sharks. Painful way to lose a series.

    That said, the Canucks played uninspired hockey throughout and never found enough jam to earn a win over the Sharks, who outworked them basically the whole time. Sharks earned the win with their play, Canucks earned the loss with theirs. Simple as that.

    Anyway, since no-one’s said it yet – CHOMP!

  13. ubscorched - May 8, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Glad I’m not a Vancover fan…… 1-9 in last 10 playoff games……glad to see them gone early again.

  14. thewaytonever - May 8, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    as a Sharks fan I am very happy to make it to the 2 nd round. I do think the call on Daniel Sedin call was iffy at best.

  15. stevebass2 - May 8, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    It was a soft call, though I wouldn’t have said it was a bad call. A little touchy with the definition of a “boarding,” but still seems reasonable to define it as such. As a Coyotes fan, I’m really happy to be seeing Raffi playing so effectively for the Sharks. He was a beast for us, and fans in other markets never really got to see as well as we did how skilled on the puck he can be. Though I’m still a little pissed about trading him away at such a crucial point of the season, I’ll cheer him on gladly in SJ.

  16. sonofsamiam - May 8, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Schneider may have played better making 43 saves, but that OT goal was soft. Let the heads begin to roll in Vancouver. Gillis should be the first out the door.

  17. sharksfan754 - May 8, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Ps sharks game fan attendees I’m at the Brit come say hi and share a drink

  18. jackvcr - May 8, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Yet again, that gagging sound everyone in the Pacific Northwest heard was the Canucks. What a joke!

  19. somekat - May 8, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    How much longer can the Canucks go without blowing this team up? It’s not like this has happened once, or even twice. This core has underperformed in the playoffs year after year. Teams jockey for 2 spots at the bottom of the Western playoff race. The 8 seed to make it, and whatever seed matches up against the Canucks, because they know when the physical play starts, they break down

    Time to sell off a bunch of these pieces to the higest bidder, and try to get a new core in there. Everything not named Sedin must go (and even them for the right price)

  20. 950003cups - May 8, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Always liked the Sharks. As happy as I am for the Sharks, I have to feel worse for the Canucks for getting swept. I wish they had a win or two to make the series interesting.

    GOOD LUCK SJ. This may be the year you’ve been dreaming of.

  21. bcisleman - May 8, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    MG & AV should be headed for the exits. Logical thing for Nucks to do is get a new GM not wedded to Schneider, trade him for an impact player and make Luongo the #1.

  22. arbruins - May 8, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Good bye Vancouver, it’s GREAT to see you go.

  23. acieu - May 8, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    Great night all the Canadian teams lost except Ottawa and they beat the biggest excuse makers in the world in the Habs. Another year without a Stanley Cup in the great White North?

  24. hammerhead5573 - May 8, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Only thing more mythical than a unicorn????? The Nucks winning the cup !!!!

  25. tommytd - May 8, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of Cnuckleheads. Good thing they have the dynamic Sedin sisters to provide dynamic play and leadership. Time to torch the town again?

  26. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Did someone really say they hope the sharks lose to the hawks because the hawks are more classy?

    Didn’t 2 of your guys get suspend right before the playoffs and during the playoffs, both for head shots?

  27. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Time to get a new coach in Vancouver

  28. jpat2424 - May 8, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Let me clear my throat. Ahh ah ahhh. Choke choke choke !!!!

  29. jonirocit - May 8, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    weenerman | May 7, 2013, 10:55 PM PDT
    Good luck getting another 24-10
    Power play advantage again in these playoffs. You may have won the series, but you won’t win the cup.

    —-bitter party of one —-bitter—–bitter party—- I’m sorry weener—-weener party—- umm locks like the weeners are a no show .. Kinda like the their team.

  30. tdaveniii - May 8, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    The Sharks got their act together and were dominant in OT. The killer for Vancouver was the Bieksa penalty and subsequent PP goal that allowed the Sharks to tie it. There can be no rational argument that it was anything but an unnecessary, undisciplined play. The Sedin penalty was definitely ticky tack, particularly given the circumstances, but Vancouver wasn’t going to win that series, and probably wasn’t going to win that game, even if it was not called.

  31. bensawesomeness - May 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Yeah they took a bad penalty, but it’s still on the PK and goalie to stop it. Bad calls are in the game. Get over it, you were in a 3-0 hole, there’s no coming out of that

    And sidenote, Bieska’s penalty that the Sharks tied it up on was so sweet, after all the BS he was spewing all series, was nice to see him blow the last hope they had

    -Wings fan

  32. columbiannecktie - May 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I learned my lesson, NEVER pick Canuck’s players for a playoffs fantasy pool. They play in one of the weakest divisions which artificially boosts their stats and standings. They proved themselves to be the worst team in these playoffs.

  33. irokkit - May 9, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Three words…

    I Love it!!!

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