Today the San Jose Sharks take on the Vancouver Canucks in game two of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Quarterfinals. In game one, the Sharks defeated the Canucks by a final score 3-1. Logan Couture started off the scoring for San Jose in the first period as he converted on setup pass from Dan Boyle on the power play. Late in the contest Dan Boyle tallied the go ahead goal, while Patrick Marleau add some much needed insurance when he sneaked the puck pass Roberto Luongo. Antti Niemi was lights out all night as he stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced. As a result of that, he recorded an impressive 0.967 save percentage for his efforts. In addition, San Jose was a perfect 2/2 on the penalty kill.
The San Jose Sharks will try and attempt to take another game from the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena and take back to the Bay Area an early 2-0 series lead.
Big story: It was déjà vu for the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night, when a 3-1 Game 1 loss to the San Jose Sharks unfolded in an eerily similar fashion to last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs opener against the Los Angeles Kings.
Vancouver failing to take advantage of Roberto Luongo‘s great early saves, generating little offensively, and struggling on special teams were all themes last year too — and that series ended in five games. If the Canucks don’t come up answers in Game 2 at home, where they have lost five straight playoff games, it may be over even faster; San Jose lost two games in regulation at home during the regular season.
***Big Story/Injury Front Report, courtesy of the NHL.***
Tale of The Tape Report:
Goals per game: 3.00 (T – 5th)
Goals-against per game: 1.00 (T – 2nd)
Power play: 25.0 percent (6th)
Penalty kill: 100.0 percent (T – 1st)
Goals per game: 1.00 (T – 12th)
Goals-against per game: 3.00 (T – 10th)
Power play: 0.00 percent (T – 12th)
Penalty kill: 75.0 percent (11th)
Patrick Marleau. The Sharks winger scored a huge insurance goal in the third period of Game 1 on a slick set up by Logan Couture, after getting just one goal in his final 16 regular season games. Marleau’s role could be even more important now that linemate Marty Havlat’s status for Game 2 is in doubt. Marleau has at least one point in all six career playoff games against Vancouver.
Derek Roy. The Canucks could move Derek Roy back to the Ryan Kesler line, after head coach Alain Vigneault split the two of them up for Game 1. If that’s the case, the Canucks will be looking to that line for offense after getting just one goal in the opener. Roy had 28 points (7g, 21a) in 42 regular season games between Dallas and Vancouver, which acquired him just prior to the trade deadline.
Injury Front Report:
San Jose Sharks
Sharks defenseman Jason Demers missed Game 1 and remains questionable for Game 2 but could return during the first round. Center Scott Gomez also missed Game 1 and is unlikely to play Friday with an undisclosed injury that kept him out of San Jose’s final two regular-season games. Havlat is questionable.
Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider didn’t practice Thursday and won’t play again in Game 2 because of an undisclosed injury that also forced him to miss the final two games of the regular season. Defenseman Chris Tanev (ankle) is in a walking boot but could return during the series. Center Manny Malhotra (eye) and left wing David Booth (ankle) are out for the season.
***Scouting Report/Tale of The Tape Report, courtesy of Kevin Kurz.***
Today’s contest has a 7:00p PST puck drop and can be seen on CSNCA HD and can be heard on 98.5/102.1 KFOX. In addition, the game is being broadcasting nationally on the CNBC.
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