The Vancouver Canucks (trail series 0-2) will look for a crucial Game 3 win tonight against the San Jose Sharks as the series shifts to the HP Pavilion.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Canucks are coming off a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss in Game 2 and now face a tremendous uphill climb if they hope to get back into this series and win it. The Canucks squandered a late 2-1 third period lead when Patrick Marleau evened the game with 56 seconds remaining in regulation before ex-Canuck Raffi Torres put the final dagger into their hearts with the OT winner 5:31 into the first extra session.
- Vancouver has lost three straight playoff games dating back to last year and has just one playoff win in their last nine post-season outings dating back to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. They've also lost six straight playoff home games dating back to 2011.
- Canucks F Jordan Schroeder, along with injured D Chris Tanev and G Cory Schneider, were among those that traveled with the team to San Jose. Tanev is still in a walking boot so he's highly doubtful to play. However, there are some who feel that both Schroeder and Schneider could factor into the lineup as early as tonight although that won't be known at least until this morning at the earliest.
- The Sharks are hoping to welcome F Scott Gomez back into the lineup tonight. Gomez has not played since April 23 missing four games in total. The Sharks are still missing D Jason Demers while F Martin Havlat, who was injured in Game 1, is questionable.
- This is the fourth time in Canucks playoff history that they have begun a best-of-seven series with two straight losses. History is clearly not on Vancouver's side as they lost all four of those series and only once managed to avoid a sweep.
- This is the seventh time in Sharks playoff history that they have begun a best-of-seven with two straight wins and only the second time they've managed that feat when the series has started on the road. Out of the previous six times they have jumped out to a 2-0 series lead, they have only squandered that lead to lose a series once – that was back in their 2006 Western Conference Semi-Final series against the Cup-bound Oilers.
- During their run to the Stanley Cup in 2011, the Canucks won four of six games that needed overtime to settle. Since then, Vancouver has lost back-to-back playoff overtime games including Friday's Game 2.
- With Torres' overtime game-winner on Friday, the Sharks have now won seven of their last eight playoff overtime contests. Their lone loss in that run came in Game 5 of the 2011 Western Conference Final series against the Canucks when Kevin Bieksa scored in double overtime at Rogers Arena to propel the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final.
- One of the few bright spots for the Canucks in Game 2 was F Ryan Kesler's two-goal performance which nearly carried Vancouver to victory. For Kesler, the goals snapped a 13-game playoff goal drought he had dating back all the way to Game 5 of the 2011 Western Conference Final against the Sharks.
- Sharks F Patrick Marleau has six goals and nine points in seven career playoff meetings against the Canucks and has scored at least one goal in five of those seven career post-season games against Vancouver.
- Speaking of Marleau, he has scored goals in consecutive games to begin the playoffs for the first time in his NHL career.
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