May 8, 2013 in Sports

Sharks complete sweep of Canucks

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Sharks’ Patrick Marleau (12) eyes rebound that led to winning goal past Canucks’ Cory Schneider.
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Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal 13:18 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks completed their first playoff sweep in franchise history, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 Tuesday night in San Jose, Calif.

Joe Pavelski scored his second power-play goal of the game to tie it with 4:27 left in regulation. Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks, who will now get a break before beginning the second round of the playoffs next week.

“A win like this feels good, now we will get some rest,” Pavelski said.

Mason Raymond, Alex Burrows and Alexander Edler scored for the Canucks, who were unable to hold onto a late third-period lead for the second time this series.

Cory Schneider made big stops early in the overtime, but gave up the rebound that led to Marleau’s series-clinching goal.

With Daniel Sedin sent off for boarding Tommy Wingels, the Sharks came through with their third power-play goal of the night to win it. Joe Thornton’s shot hit off Schneider and the puck was bouncing in the crease when Marleau just got his stick on it to score the winner, setting off a wild celebration at the Shark Tank and sending Vancouver to another early playoff exit.

The Canucks have lost 10 of their past 11 playoff games to raise major questions about the future of a franchise that made it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals just two years ago.

Vancouver lost the final two games of that series to Boston to miss out on the first title in franchise history. It fell in five games as the top seed in the Western Conference to eventual champion Los Angeles in the first round last year and was blitzed by the sixth-seeded Sharks this year.

The Canucks have scored just 18 goals in their past 11 postseason games and that futility could end up costing coach Alain Vigneault his job among other possible offseason changes.

Stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin did not score a goal all series and the Canucks were unable to stay out of the penalty box or hold late leads.

Vancouver took the lead with two goals in a span of 1:50 midway through the third period. The first came on the power play when Andrew Desjardins was sent off for roughing. Henrik Sedin set up the tying goal with a nifty blind pass to twin brother Daniel, who fed Burrows in front of the net for the easy tap-in.

Then Burrows won a battle for the puck in the corner and fed Edler in the high slot for a slap shot. It beat Antti Niemi and gave the Canucks their first lead since Patrick Marleau’s tying goal in the final minute of regulation in Game 2 in Vancouver.

But just as in Game 2, Vancouver couldn’t hold onto a late lead.

Senators 3, Canadiens 2: Kyle Turris scored 2:32 into overtime, lifting host Ottawa past Montreal to grab a 3-1 lead in the playoff series.

Turris’ shot from the sideboards sneaked past Montreal backup goalie Peter Budaj, who came on for the injured Carey Price at the start of overtime.

Cory Conacher scored with 22.6 seconds to go in regulation to force overtime. Mika Zibanejad had the other goal for the Senators, who got 26 saves from Craig Anderson.

Islanders 6, Penguins 4: John Tavares scored with 9:49 left, and the New York tied its first-round series with visiting Pittsburgh.

Only the final lead was safe in Game 4.

Tavares slammed in his own rebound in front after Brad Boyes fed him following a turnover by Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. It was the Islanders’ third one-goal advantage in the game and the one that earned them a 2-2 tie in the highly entertaining series.

Blackhawks 3, Wild 0: Patrick Sharp scored two goals for Chicago, and the Blackhawks ratcheted up their defense, putting Minnesota Wild on the brink of elimination at St. Paul, Minn.

Bryan Bickell also scored and Corey Crawford made 25 saves for the Blackhawks, who built a 3-1 series lead.

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