The Goods: Shark bait
From goalie worries to offensive woes
The Vancouver Canucks dropped Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal 3-1 to the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver thanks to a pair of third period goals from the Sharks.
Going into the game the focus was on Roberto Luongo, who earned a surprise start due to an injury to Cory Schneider. Luongo did his part on the night recording 25 saves, including 15 in the first period, eight of those with the Canucks on the penalty kill.
Luongo could only do so much. Antti Niemi was equally impressive at the other end of the ice thwarting countless Vancouver scoring chances in a 29-save effort.
Kevin Bieksa put the Canucks up 1-0 12:26 into the second period but the lead was short-lived with the Sharks tying the game at 1-1 on the power play just over four minutes later.
In the third period the teams each had seven shots, but the Sharks made the most of theirs with Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau beating Luongo.
The Canucks know this game was theirs for the taking and Henrik Sedin is already dialled in on what needs to improve heading into Game 2 Friday evening.
"We weren't that far off but everything has to be five times better — puck movement, execution, battle level and bearing down when we get the chances," said Henrik. "We didn't give up a whole lot of chances and they didn't do that either. When you get the chance, you got to bear down and they did a better job of that tonight."