San Jose Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle (right) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with teammate Joe Pavelski during the third period in Game 1 of their NHL Western Conference quarter-final playoff series at Rogers Arena on Wednesday May 1, 2013.
Photograph by: Darryl Dyck, Canadian Press
ONE – Dan Boyle, Sharks. One goal, one assist, four shots, two blocked shots, plus-1.
TWO – Logan Couture, Sharks. One goal, one assist, two shots, 10-for-18 on the draw.
THREE – Joe Pavelski, Sharks. Two assists, three shots, plus-1, 11-for-19 on the draw.
PIVOTAL POINT – With the teams locked in a 1-1 game and nearing the midpoint of the third period, Dan Boyle snuck in from the right point unchecked during a wild scramble in Roberto Luongo's crease area and easily slung home the game-winning goal.
BY THE NUMBERS – The Canucks lost their fifth straight playoff game on home ice dating back to Game 7 of the 2011 final... The Sharks won on the road for only the ninth time in 25 games. They're 2-for-2 at Rogers Arena... The Canucks fell to 7-5-2 when tied after two periods while the Sharks improved to 7-2-4... The Canucks also slipped to 20-7-5 when scoring first while the Sharks won for only the sixth time when giving up the first goal (6-13-5) .. The Canucks announce a sellout, extending their streak to 432.
IN THE CIRCLE – The Sharks, who were the league's second best faceoff team during the regular season, were easily the best team on the draw Wednesday, winning 57 per cent of the draws (40-for-70). Unheralded Adam Burish was 5-for-5 for the Sharks. Ryan Kesler was 12-for-25 and Henrik Sedin 11-for-24.
HIT PARADE – In the game's consolation prize, the Canucks outhit the Sharks by a decisiver 40-26 margin. Dale Weise and Jannik Hansen led the Canucks with five apiece as 16 of the 18 Canuck skaters recorded at least one hit. Ex-Canuck Raffi Torres led everybody with six hits.
DID YOU NOTICE? On their first power play in the first period, the Sharks had seven shots, almost all of them scoring chances. They had another power-play shot late in the period but, during 5-on-5 play, the Canucks actually outshot them 9-7 in the opening 20 minutes.
QUOTABLE: “Lou and I go back a long way. We played together in Florida (2000-02) so I've known him for many years. Obviously he's had to endure a lot this year and I don't know how he's done it, to be honest with you.” – Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle on Roberto Luongo, who was also his teammate on the 2010 Canadian Olympic gold-medal winning team.
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