Canucks would be wise to avoid penalty box

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:13 AM ET

Taking a penalty is like putting blood in the water against these Sharks.

Giving the Vancouver Canucks an extra attacker for an extended period is also dangerous.

Fortunately for the San Jose Sharks, their three powerplay goals were enough to get past the Canucks 4-3 in Game 3, except not without some drama on special teams.

In the first five powerplay chances the San Jose Sharks received in the Western Conference final, they made the Canucks pay each time.

Luckily for the Canucks, they only gave up three opportunities in Games 1 and 2, when they escaped with a pair of home victories.

Things didn’t work out so well to start Game 3. Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe got the Sharks out to a 2-0 lead — with Clowe’s coming on a Christian Ehrhoff double minor for high-sticking Torrey Mitchell.

If not for Dan Boyle’s point-shot blast in the third period, the Canucks might have had a commanding series lead.

The visitors were given some life with 8:38 left when Jamie McGinn took a major for boarding Aaron Rome.

Argue the call if you will, but it was a vicious hit, the type the NHL should get rid of. It made a lopsided scored close when Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa scored.

But if the Canucks keep giving up more powerplay goals, they will have trouble escaping the Sharks.

Starts and stops

It’s amazing what a verbal pummelling and absorbing a few blows on the ice can do to spark a player. Sharks sniper Patrick Marleau is suddenly on fire. This is the same guy who was invisible for the majority of series against the Detroit Red Wings and was criticized for having no heart by former teammate Jeremy Roenick. In Game 2 against the Canucks, Marleau dropped the mitts with Kevin Bieksa and took some hard shots. In Game 3, he scored two first-period goals, giving him four goals in seven periods against the Canucks. Someone should have shaken him up earlier ... Giving away orange T-shirts is a curious move by the folks at the HP Pavilion, but a full crowd of teal would have looked awful ...…With CBC estimating that 5,000 Canucks fans were in the building, the attempted Orange Crush was a failure, except for California’s answer to the Green Men sitting by the penalty box.

Between periods

Completely untrue rumour: Ben Eager couldn’t play Friday night for the Sharks because he had a hot date — someone he met in Vancouver, during the third period ... Obviously, the CBC didn’t enjoy Eager being a scratch for Game 3. With his antics in Game 2, he was the main star of the intro. Even on TV, his glare gives me the chills …... The Canucks could have used Eager to take a stupid penalty and give them some momentum in the second period when they came out of the dressing room down 3-0 ... The Canucks aren’t a great long weekend team. They lost two games around the Easter weekend in the Chicago series and have lost the first one of the May long weekend. Sunday’s Game 4 will be a huge test. Luckily for them, the playoffs should be done by Canada Day.

Back to the point

All the formulations of the Winnipeg Thrashers bumping a team to the Eastern Conference and someone leaving the Northwest Division to make room for them makes the head hurt. It gets worse when trying to sort out where the AHL Manitoba franchise will go and which team the Canucks will pick up as their affiliate … Can’t wait for Episode 3 of the Tyler Seguin Show on Saturday.

Sweet tweets

"Canucks game paused for ship announcement. If this ferry doesn’t put the game back on immediately, there is going to be a mutiny."

— Laura Drake @lauradrake

"So far so lousy. BUT... this is going to be a glorious comeback. 4 straight unanswered goals by Canucks, 4-3 victory!"

— Brent Butt @BrentButt

"#canucks better win this supposedly last hockey game ever. #rapture"

— Hoss @hoss_abd


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