The San Jose Sharks came in to Tuesday night’s Western Conference quarterfinals match up at the HP Pavilion with a 3-0 series lead and a chance to wrap up the series and advance in front of their home fans. San Jose jumped out to an early lead that held until a wild third period when the Vancouver Canucks were fighting for their postseason lives.
The Canucks netted two goals in the third period courtesy of Alex Burrows and Alexander Edler.
It looked like Vancouver would be able to keep their Stanley Cup dreams alive, but San Jose’s Joe Pavelski scored a late power play goal to tie it up at 3 and force an overtime period. It was a wild ending to regulation and the Canucks had one last glimmer of hope.
As you would expect in the overtime period, both teams came out with a furious pace that led to some exciting, physical action on the ice.
When it was all said and done, the Sharks were able to come out on top after a power play goal from Patrick Marleau near the end of the overtime period. With the goal that followed a controversial call on Daniel Sedin, the Vancouver Canucks postseason comes to an end and the Sharks advance to the Western Conference semis.