Sharks sweep Canucks; Henrik Sedin calls final penalty 'bulls---'
Three power-play goals put San Jose into second round
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
Canucks forward Daniel Sedin is sent to the penalty box for boarding against the Sharks in overtime during Game 4 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal at HP Pavilion in San Jose, May 7, 2013. (ROBERT GALBRAITH/Reuters)
SAN JOSE - That sound heard from Northern California was the Stanley Cup window officially closing on the Vancouver Canucks.
Make that slamming with authority.
The San Jose Sharks capped their first sweep in franchise history with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Canucks to claim the NHL Western Conference quarterfinal in four games.
“It sucks either way to go out like this, get swept,” said Canucks goalie Cory Schneider. “With the group we have here, we feel that we should have been better and we could have been better, but it's too late for it now.”
Patrick Marleau scored 13:18 into extra time to delight the sellout HP Pavilion crowd of 17,562, hand Vancouver its first four-game series loss since 2001 and become the NHL's first team to reach the second round of the Stanley Cup tournament.
It was San Jose's third power-play goal of the night coming thanks to a dubious boarding infraction on Daniel Sedin.
“It's a bulls--- call,” captain Henrik Sedin said. “It’s overtime, I think shoulder-to-shoulder, but it’s the referees. We’ll get some calls in the future, we’re not getting them right now, and we’ll keep being nice to them and show them respect.