San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau's power-play goal with 6:42
left in overtime secured San Jose's first-ever sweep of a seven-game series,
as the Sharks downed the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, at HP Pavilion to advance to
the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin was whistled for a questionable boarding call
at the 13:03 mark of the extra session and the Sharks quickly cashed in, as
Joe Thornton rifled a shot from the high slot that Cory Schneider fought off.
Schneider wasn't able to secure the rebound however, and the puck trickled to
the low left side, where Marleau pounded it home to send the Sharks into the
Joe Pavelski potted a pair of goals in regulation, including the game-tying
goal with 4:27 remaining to force overtime. Brent Burns also lit the lamp,
while Thornton added a trio of helpers for the Sharks, who received 32 saves
from Antti Niemi.
Alexandre Burrows and Mason Raymond recorded a goal and an assist apiece,
while Alexander Edler scored once for Vancouver, which suffered its second
straight first-round exit. Schneider stopped 43-of-47 shots in defeat.
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