Both teams sported their jerseys from the 1990s for this contest. The Canucks' first line put early pressure on Evgeni Nabokov (SJ), who managed to control the crease. Lynn Loyns (SJ) then got behind the Vancouver defense, crossed Dan Cloutier's (VAN) crease, turned around and slapped a shot past the blocker of Cloutier. Sharks 1, Canucks 0.
The Canucks continued their early pressure, with Brandon Reid (VAN) and Marcus Naslund (VAN) having scoring chances that again were snuffed. Todd Bertuzzi (VAN) then took a roughing penalty on Vincent Damphousse (SJ) to give the Sharks their first powerplay of the game. Adam Graves' (SJ) shot was originally blockered away, and then Teemu Selanne (SJ) fed him a pass that Graves shot off the far post. Marco Sturm (SJ) then fired a pass to Patrick Marleau (SJ) on the side of the net that he buried behind Dan Cloutier (VAN) for a powerplay goal. Sharks 2, Canucks 0.
The Canucks continued their offensive dominance with flurry of early shots in the 2nd period that were each denied by Evgeni Nabokov (SJ).
Todd Bertuzzi (VAN) took another penalty, this time for elbowing, put the Canucks shorthanded again. The Sharks pressured Dan Cloutier (VAN) early, but he stood tall and refused to allow another powerplay goal. Even in-close attempts by Adam Graves (SJ) and Brad Stuart (SJ) were quickly denied, killing off the penalty. However, immediately after he left the box, Todd Bertuzzi (VAN) took yet another elbowing penalty to put the Canucks on the penalty kill again.
This time, however, it was timely blocking by the Canucks' defensive that kept the score at 2-0 Sharks. However, as the powerplay ended, Adam Graves (SJ) saw a streaking Vincent Damphousse (SJ) and fed a one-time pass to the slot that Damphousse shot past Cloutier (VAN). Sharks 3, Canucks 0. Fortunes for the Canucks worsened when Alyn McCauley (SJ) broke in alone and fired a backhander past the outstretched glove of Cloutier, whose solidity was again being called into question. Sharks 4, Canucks 0.
However, moments later Brad May (VAN) released a shot from the point that Brandon Reid (VAN) corralled on a rebound and bury behind Evgeni Nabokov (SJ). Sharks 4, Canucks 1. The celebration was short lived, though, as few minutes later Teemu Selanne (SJ) skated around the Canucks' defense and slipped a backhander behind Dan Cloutier (VAN) in response. Sharks 5, Canucks 1.
Todd Bertuzzi (VAN) unbelievably took his third penalty of the game, this time a roughing penalty against Shark Rob Davison (SJ). The Sharks hade arly pressure on Cloutier, but the Canucks penalty killers seemed faster, releasing multiple shots against Evgeni Nabokov (SJ), who stood tall. By the 2nd Intermission, the Sharks were outshooting the Canucks 14-13.
Starting on the powerplay, the Sharks were unable to curtail the puck possession game of the Canucks, leading to several shorthanded attempts by the Canuck penalty killers that looked threatening but ultimately led to nothing. The Sharks and Canucks then played a stalemate chess game of hits, shots and opportunities that failed to beat either goaltender. The period ended with the Sharks maintaining their lead and outshooting the Canucks 19-18. It was the lowest goal total for the Canucks so far this series. The following players were selected as the three stars of the game:
3) Vincent Damphousse (SJ) Registered 1 Goal, 0 Assists and +1
2) Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) Registered 17 saves on 18 (94%)
1) Lynn Loyns (SJ) Registered 1 Goal, 0 Assists and +1
San Jose Sharks 5
Vancouver Canucks 1
The Sharks take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals into Game 4, again at General Motors Place in Vancouver. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on Friday, June 19th at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time.