The 18,000+ fans at Rogers Arena Wednesday night in Vancouver were treated to a lot of fun as they witnessed the hometown team Canucks explode in the third period on their way to a Game 2 beat down over the San Jose Sharks that they ended up winning 7-3.
The Sharks started off the scoring 2:28 into the game with a goal from rookie Logan Couture who tied a post-season goal scoring record with his 7th of the playoffs. With at least two more games to go he has a chance to break the deadlock between himself, Ville Leino and Richard Zednik. The goal scoring leaders of the 2011 NHL playoffs are Tampa Bay’s Sean Bergenheim and Daniel Sedin with 8 a piece.
The Canucks would later answer with goals by Daniel Sedin and Raffi Torres to take a 2-1 lead but Patrick Marleau would tie it up at 2-2 and that’s what the score would stay at after the first. There would only be one goal in the second by Canucks defencemen Kevin Bieska and the Canucks took a 3-2 lead into the third.
That’s when things truly started to get out of hand for the Sharks as the Canucks would score four unanswered goals from Chris Higgins, Daniel Sedin again, Aaron Rome and Mason Raymond. That made the score 6-2 and the game would be out of reach for the Sharks, who would later add a meaningless Ben Eager goal to make it 7-3.
Things got a little out of hand for both teams as the Sharks, frustrated with the blowout loss tried to let out some steam and take it out on Canuck players. By the time the whistle blew, the referees gave out six 10-minute game misconduct penalties; three to the Sharks and three to the Canucks. The ugliness started after Patrick Marleau, yes THAT Patrick Marleau and Kevin Bieska got into a fight. Ben Eager took offense to the fight and would later run Daniel Sedin into the boards.
The Sedin twins combined for 5 points and a plus+2 rating for the night while Ryan Kesler had 0 points and was a plus+1. The Sedins have been able to open up against the Sharks and go back to their more free style of play, which has given them a lot more scoring opportunities than they had against the Predators. Roberto Luongo played well in net adding 28 saves on 31 shots.
The Canucks now lead the Western Conference finals match-up 2-0. Game 3 heads to San Jose and will be played Friday night.