To put a new twist on an old song title, the Vancouver Canucks do know the way to San Jose. It just doesn't figure to be a fun trip. The Canucks are heading to the Silicon Valley down 2-0 in their best-of-seven playoff series with the San Jose Sharks after a devastating 3-2 overtime loss Friday night at Rogers Arena. Game 3 of the series goes Sunday night in San Jose (7 p.m., TSN, Team 1040) and the Canucks now have a very high mountain the climb. The Sharks lost only two games in regulation at home all season. Former Canuck Raffi Torres scored the winner at 5:31 of extra time on a 2-on-1 rush with Brent Burns. For the Canucks, this will be the game that got away. Less than a minute away from evening the series after two third-period goals by Ryan Kesler had given them a 2-1 lead, the Canucks surrendered a goal in the final minute of the third period. With goalie Antti Niemi pulled for an extra attacker, the Sharks got the equalizer at 19:04 of the third. Patrick Marleau tapped in his own rebound after his initial shot trickled through the pads of Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo. Seconds earlier, Vancouver winger Jannik Hansen slid a shot just wide of the San Jose empty net. Kesler tied the game 59 seconds into the third period on a Vancouver power play. He took a pass from Henrik Sedin just inside the blue line, right in the middle of the ice, and wired a shot over the glove of San Jose goalie Antti Niemi. Kesler then gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead seven minutes later after a bad giveaway by San Jose defenceman Dan Boyle. Boyle's attempt to clear the puck was tipped by Joe Pavelski and went directly to Kesler in the high slot. Kesler ripped a slap shot past Niemi's stick side to give the Canucks the lead. The Canucks had lots of energy to start the first period and seemed to have the Sharks on their heels. But Vancouver had no finish and had trouble getting shots on Niemi. The Sharks slowly took over and grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 13:22 mark when Joe Thornton scored off a scramble in front of Luongo. The play started when a point shot by San Jose defenceman Brad Stuart was blocked in front. Thornton managed to get his stick on the loose puck and swept it into the net.
Canucks drop 3-2 overtime heartbreaker to Sharks
Vancouver Sun | May 4