After seizing the first two games on the road, the San Jose Sharks have to be feeling pretty confident as they return to HP Pavilion. Sixth-seeded San Jose, which posted a 17-2-5 mark at home in the regular season, will look to claim a commanding advantage over the Northwest Division champion Vancouver Canucks when the teams reconvene for Game 3 on Sunday. Patrick Marleau scored the tying goal with 56 seconds remaining in the third period before former Canuck Raffi Torres tallied 5:31 into overtime as the Sharks skated to a 3-2 victory over third-seeded Vancouver on Friday.
With six consecutive home postseason losses on their mind, the Canucks likely are thrilled to be leaving British Columbia in their rear-view mirror. They'll need to gain at least a split in their trip to San Jose in order to return home for Game 5 on Thursday. "We deserved better and it didn't fall that way," said Vancouver's Ryan Kesler, who scored twice in the third period. "You've got to win four and there are plenty of games left and we need to go on a winning streak here."
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ABOUT THE CANUCKS: While goaltender Roberto Luongo often receives scrutiny, captain Henrik and Daniel Sedin also are coming under fire for their lack of production over the first two games. “You win because you’re getting contributions from everybody and, right now, we need that," coach Alain Vigneault said. "The twins worked hard, but 5-on-5, they need to find the scoresheet, and they know that more than anybody else." The Sedins each received an assist on Kesler's power-play goal for their lone point of the series.
ABOUT THE SHARKS: Torres barely let Friday's winning goal settle in before he began thinking about Sunday's tilt. "They're going to come at us with everything in Game 3," he said. Marleau certainly hasn't been holding back after scoring in both games this series. The veteran has secured at least one point in all seven career playoff games versus Vancouver. Brent Burns notched a pair of assists for the second time in three contests.
1. The last time San Jose claimed a 2-0 advantage by winning a pair of road games was 1995. The Sharks were blasted 9-2 by Calgary in Game 3 but regained their composure to outlast the Flames in seven games.
2. Vancouver G Cory Schneider, who has been nursing an undisclosed "body" injury, traveled with the team to San Jose. "On the trip and day-to-day," Vigneault said.
3. San Jose C Tommy Wingels registered a game-high eight hits in just 13:30 of ice time in Game 2. Wingels also matched Burns with five shots on goal.
PREDICTION: Canucks 3, Sharks 2