Sharks 3, Canucks 2 (OT): Patrick Marleau scored the tying goal with 56 seconds remaining in the third period and Raffi Torres tallied at 5:31 of overtime as visiting San Jose took a 2-0 lead in its Western Conference first-round series with Northwest Division champion Vancouver.
Captain Joe Thornton also scored, Brent Burns notched two assists and Antti Niemi turned aside 29 shots for the sixth-seeded Sharks, who host Game 3 on Sunday.
Burns grabbed a loose puck in his own zone and carried it down the right wing on a 2-on-1 rush before sending it across the slot to former Canuck Torres, who shoveled it past Roberto Luongo to hand Vancouver its sixth consecutive home playoff loss.
Ryan Kesler scored twice in the third period to erase a deficit and Luongo made 30 saves for the third-seeded Canucks, who have yet to defeat the Sharks in 2013. Vancouver went 0-2-1 against San Jose during the regular season.
San Jose grabbed the lead with 6:38 remaining in the first period as Thornton knocked in a loose puck in the low slot. After a scoreless second session, Kesler took over for Vancouver, beating Niemi with a rising one-timer from the blue line during a power play 59 seconds into the third and drilling a slap shot past the netminder from the high slot after a turnover at 7:06.
The Canucks were 56 seconds away from evening the series before Marleau forged a 2-2 tie. After Luongo got a piece of his initial shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle, Marleau got to the loose puck as it sat in the crease and tucked it in for his second goal of the playoffs.
GAME NOTEBOOK: San Jose had a goal waved off in the second period as C Tommy Wingels intefered with Luongo when C Joe Pavelski lifted the puck under the crossbar. ... Sharks RW Martin Havlat did not play after suffering a groin injury in the first period of Game 1. ... Vancouver G Cory Schneider missed his fourth straight game with an undisclosed injury. ... The Canucks registered four shots on goal in less than 5 1/2 minutes of overtime after recording the same amount over the entire first period.