By Derek Jory
That one stings.
The Vancouver Canucks played an inspired Game 2 Friday night at Rogers Arena, but the end result was the same as Game 1 with the San Jose Sharks stealing another win.
Raffi Torres scored the overtime game-winner 5:31 into the extra session to give the Sharks a 3-2 win and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinal series.
The Sharks opened the scoring 13:22 into the first period and, despite many glorious scoring chances, the Canucks didn't reply until 59 seconds into the third period with Ryan Kesler scoring his first of the playoffs, on the power play.
Kesler put the team on his shoulders in the final frame elevating his game to a level known only as 'Beastmode' as he scored again midway through the third to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead.
That looked to be how the game would finish, but no, oh no, the Sharks poked a puck past Luongo with 56 seconds remaining to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime. Moments before Patrick Marleau's goal, Jannik Hansen missed an empty net goal by inches that would have sealed the deal.
Post-game, Kesler said the Canucks had already moved on and have shifted their focus to Game 3 Sunday night in San Jose.
"We deserved better and it didn't fall that way," said Kesler. "You've got to win four and there are plenty of games left and we need to go on a winning streak here."
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