Game Within Game: Sharks score on a softie and Canucks crash

 

 
 
 
 
Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (35) deflects a shot from San Jose Sharks left wing Raffi Torres (13).
 

Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (35) deflects a shot from San Jose Sharks left wing Raffi Torres (13).

Photograph by: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

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THREE STARS

ONE – Logan Couture, Sharks. Two goals, two assists, three shots, three blocked shots and an awesome 15-for-18 on the draw.

TWO – Joe Pavelski, Sharks. Two goals, one assist, six shots, two blocked shots.

THREE – Patrick Marleau, Sharks. One goal, seven shots, two hits.

PIVOTAL POINT – With the Canucks still in the game entering the third, and down only 2-1, Cory Schneider allowed one of the biggest McSofties of his career on a harmless Logan Couture shot from the left wing and the roof – crash! – came tumbling down on coach Alain Vigneault's crew.

BY THE NUMBERS – The Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau goals nine seconds apart early in the third period set a dubious Canuck record for fastest two goals against in a playoff game... The Canucks failed to score a first-period goal on the Sharks for the sixth time in their six meetings, including three in the regular season. The Sharks have scored five on the Canucks.... With his second-period assist, Daniel Sedin tied Pavel Bure for third all-time in Canuck playoff scoring with 66 points. (Trevor Linden and Henrik Sedin are 1-2.)... Sharks won the faceoff battle 41-30.

DID YOU NOTICE? With the Sharks killing off a 4-on-3 power play in the first period and the score still 0-0, Logan Couture threw the puck out the San Jose zone to relieve the pressure. To do so, he had to close his hand on the puck, lift it off the ice before throwing it. Rule 67.2: “A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who, while play is in progress, picks up the puck off the ice with his hand.” Apparently referees Marc Joanette and Brian Pochmara missed it.

BEST ADVICE NOT NEEDED: Ray Ferraro, TSN analyst: “If I'm Vancouver, I'm getting (Zack) Kassian out with the Sedins.” On the next shift, regular linemate Alex Burrows scored on passes from the Sedins.

BEST OBSERVATION: Ferraro's on Henrik Sedin stick work on Logan Couture on a faceoff (and getting two minutes for it): “You don't see that very often from Henrik Sedin. I've never seen it from Henrik Sedin.”

BEST PLEAD NOT ANSWERED: “This is the time of year when you need difference makers, heroes or whatever. Somebody has to step up and make a difference.” – Alain Vigneault on Saturday.

FROM THE WARD-EN: TSN panel member Aaron Ward was not impressed with four Canucks after 40 minutes, noting “we have to file a missing report” on Chris Higgins, Mason Raymond, Jannik Hansen and Derek Roy. At that point in the game, the four had combined for four shots but none of them memorable.

FROM TWITTER-LAND: “First impactful play by Derek Roy. With seven minutes left in a 5-1 Game 3. Thanks for comin'” – Mark Spector, Sportsnet columnist, after Roy steals puck from Shark defenceman Justin Braun and sets up Dan Hamhuis for the Canucks' second goal.

 
 
 
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Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (35) deflects a shot from San Jose Sharks left wing Raffi Torres (13).
 

Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (35) deflects a shot from San Jose Sharks left wing Raffi Torres (13).

Photograph by: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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