The San Jose Sharks turned the Vancouver Canucks‘ own game back on them as they used a lethal power play to down the Canucks 4-3. San Jose took a 3 goal lead before the first period was out after Patrick Marleau netted a pair and Ryan Clowe a single. Alex Burrows got the Canucks on the board early in the third, but Dan Boyle got what would prove to be the game winner just over 6 minutes in. Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa got the Canucks within one, but that was as close as they could get. Vancouver took 10 minor penalties in the game, which was the opposite of what happened in game 2, where it was the Sharks who played undisciplined hockey that got them in trouble. Antti Niemi made 27 saves for the win while Roberto Luongo was much busier, making 34 stops.
The Boston Bruins are in Tampa Bay to face the Lighting this afternoon, in an effort to go up 3 games to 1 and go back to Boston with a chance to eliminate the Bolts. Boston’s Tim Thomas is coming off his first shutout of the playoffs in the 2-0 Bruins victory.
Also last night, the host Mississauga Majors fought off a two-goal deficit and made it close, but in the end the Saint John Sea Dogs hung on for the 4-3 victory as the Memorial Cup kicked off. Today the WHL champion Kootenay Ice will face off against the Owen Sound Attack, the OHL champs.
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