Marleau's OT goal ends Canucks' season
For the first time in franchise history, the Sharks swept an opponent in a playoff series. (AP IMAGES)
SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks can finally add a broom to their closet.
For the first time in franchise history, the Sharks swept an opponent in a playoff series, winning Game 4 of their first round series with Vancouver in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night at HP Pavilion, 4-3 in overtime.
Patrick Marleau scored a power play goal in the extra session, tapping in a loose rebound at 13:18 after Cory Schneider failed to control Joe Thornton’s wrist shot. Marleau scored one goal in each of the four games.
San Jose was down 3-2 in the third period after a pair of goals in the final frame gave Vancouver its first lead, but tied it on the power play when Kevin Bieksa cross-checked Tommy Wingels with five minutes left in regulation. On the ensuing power play, Schneider bobbled a Thornton shot from the circle, and Logan Couture pushed the rebound to Joe Pavelski who flipped in his second goal of the night with 4:27 left.
Marleau's overtime goal came on a questionable boarding penalty to Daniel Sedin, who hit Wingels into the boards at 13:03. San Jose ended it 15 seconds later with its third goal on a man advantage.
The Sharks are the first NHL team to advance past the first round, and await an opponent in the Western Conference semifinals. They trailed at one point in three of the four games.
Down 2-1 at the second intermission, the Canucks pushed hard to start the third. Daniel Sedin’s rebound attempt on a wide-open net hit the inside of the far post less than two minutes in.
No matter. Vancouver took advantage of a bad roughing penalty to Andrew Desjardins after the whistle, and Alex Burrows finished off a beautiful passing play by Daniel and Henrik Sedin to tie it at 9:12.
The Canucks took their first lead of the night less than two minutes later on Alex Edler’s one-timer from the slot at 11:09.
Pavelski had his second straight two-goal game and fifth of his playoff career after scoring twice in Game 3.
The teams traded even strength goals early. Brent Burns deflected a Scott Hannan wrist shot from the high slot at 2:41, whipping the sellout crowd into a frenzy just 2:41 into the game.
The Canucks responded at 7:54. Mason Raymond’s floater from just inside the blue line bounced off of Brad Stuart and over Antti Niemi’s shoulder, as Stuart was battling with Burrows in front of the net.
San Jose’s power play regained the lead. Pavelski’s turnaround shot from between the circle beat Schneider to the far post at 14:52 o the first to make it 2-1. That’s where it remained through two periods.
The Sharks killed off a Scott Gomez slashing minor early in the second period, and had three subsequent power plays before the break to extend their slim advantage.
Wingels drew a four-minute high-sticking penalty to Dan Hamhuis at 8:38, but Schneider made his best saves of the series. The goaltender, somewhat of a surprise starter after he was pulled in Game 3, stopped TJ Galiardi, Pavelski and Marleau from prime scoring areas to keep the game within reach.
It allowed the Canucks to fight back and take the lead, which they eventually surrendered.
The Sharks finished 3-for-7 on the power play, and 7-for-24 in the series (29.2 percent).
Vancouver scored just its second power play goal of the series, both coming with Desjardins in the penalty box. The Canucks were 1-for-3 on the night and were 2-for-10 in the series.
Niemi played every minute of the four games, and made 32 saves. He won all seven games against the Canucks, including three in the regular season.
Although he allowed five goals in Game 3, several of which were stoppable, Schneider returned to the net for Game 4, making 43 saves on 47 shots.
Stuart left the ice for a portion of the first period when he absorbed an elbow to the head from Derek Roy at 14:44, drawing a boarding minor on the diminutive Canucks forward.
The Canucks made one minor change to their lineup, inserting Steven Pinizzotto for Tom Sestito.
San Jose iced the same lineup as it did in Game 3.
The Western Conference semifinals, opponent TBD.