"I thought we played exceptional tonight," said Ryan Kesler (two goals) after Game 2. "We just didn't get it done. We have to regroup and focus on Game 3. We will learn from this and move on.''
Ryan Kesler scored twice and the Canucks played well enough to win in Game 2 but the San Jose Sharks look to take a 3-0 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Now the series shifts to San Jose on Sunday at 7 PM. Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on CSNCA-HD / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network.
Each game day, SJSHARKS.COM will take a look at the “Game inside the Game” as the Sharks continue their quest toward the Stanley Cup. Line matchups, player vs. player battles, head-to-head stats, and key figures highlighted each game day.
Before Game 3, let’s take a closer look at the GAME INSIDE THE GAME for the Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks.
LINEUP CHANGES FOR GAME 3?
Martin Havlat left after the first period of play in Game 1 with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Tim Kennedy for Game 2. James Sheppard played on the 4th line in place of Scott Gomez in Game 1 and Game 2. No announcement of any changes yet for Game 3 on Sunday.
Lines for SJ in Game 2:
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture – Raffi Torres
TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Andrew Desjardins – Joe Pavelski – Tommy Wingels
James Sheppard – Tim Kennedy – Adam Burish
Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brad Stuart – Scott Hannan
no injuries reported for the Vancouver after Game 2, however there is still a question on the health of goaltender Cory Schneider who missed Games 1 and 2 due to a “body” injury.
Lines for VAN in Game 2:
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alex Burrows
Mason Raymond – Derek Roy – Jannik Hansen
Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Zack Kassian
Andrew Ebbett – Maxim Lapierre – Dale Weise
Dam Hamhuis – Jason Garrison
Alex Edler – Kevin Bieksa
Andrew Alberts – Frank Corrado
"I think it shows a lot about our team," said Raffi Torres. "We give up the lead, they were playing great. They were coming at us with everything. We showed a lot of determination, a lot of perseverance."
The Sharks went 0-for-5 on the power play, gave up a power play goal, had a goal disallowed when ahead 1-0, hit the post twice, and trailed 2-1 in the final minute of the third period before Patrick Marleau forced overtime at 19:04 of the final frame. The Sharks never caved in and were rewarded with the 3-2 OT win in Game 2!
DID YOU KNOW?
the Sharks had not gone ahead 2-0 in a series that started on the road since winning Games 1 and 2 at the Saddledome in Calgary in 1995. The Sharks dropped Game 3 by the count of 9-2 in San Jose before winning that series 4-3.
The Sharks have gone 3-3 in Game 3’s when ahead 2-0 in the series and went on to win five of the six previous series when ahead 2-0. The only blemish was vs. the Edmonton Oilers in 2006 as the Sharks lost Games 3-6 after winning the first two games of the series.
Beginning with Joe Pavelski’s Game 5 OT winner over the Dallas Stars in the WSF in 2008, the Sharks are 12-4 in their last 16 overtime games including Raffi Torres’ winner in Game 2.
*Lot’s of ice…
Marc-Edouard Vlasic led all San Jose skaters in Game 1 with 23:21 worth of ice time while Dan Boyle (24:22) had the honors in Game 2. Alexander Edler led the Canucks with 27:50 of ice time in Game 1 and 28:54 in Game 2.
*54 and counting…
Patrick Marleau scored his franchise leading 54th playoff goal in Game 2 on Friday. Joe Pavelski is 2nd with 20 goals.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Sharks deserved to win in Game 1, and Antti Niemi came up huge as the Sharks found a way to take Game 2. Signs of a good playoff team are when teams find a way to steal a game or two in a series… and the Sharks did just that in Game 2. Logan Couture was relatively quiet in Game 2, but Brent Burns (two assists) and Raffi Torres (OTG) picked up their game to lead the way offensively. So far the Sharks have had contributions throughout the lineup…. a real good sign headed into Game 3 in San Jose.
One last thing… Watch out for Wingels…. Tommy Wingels led all players in Game 2 with eight hits in just 13:30 of ice time in Game 2. Tommy also tied Brent Burns with five shots on goal. Watch for Wingels in Game 3 for the Sharks!