Canucks Win Game 1 Against Sharks

Canucks Take Game 1 with 3-2 victory

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks needed a strong third period to forget about a pair of gaffes and a dormant power play that could have put them in an early hole in the Western Conference Finals.

They got it.

Goals just 79 seconds apart from defenseman Kevin Bieksa and center Henrik Sedin on the power play proved to be enough to give the Canucks a 3-2 victory and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks, who have now lost five straight games in this round going back to a sweep last year at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sharks goalie Antti Niemi was almost perfect through two periods, but the Canucks started to come hard at him late in the second and continued with the pressure in the third. He made a couple of dazzling saves late in the second, but he couldn’t stop Bieksa’s high far side shot from the right circle or Sedin’s backhanded shot from the slot midway through the third period.

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