The Sharks looked to go up 2 games to 0 against the Canucks at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Todd Bertuzzi (VAN) began the game with a breakaway attempt that was blocked away by Evgeni Nabokov (SJ).
Dan McGillis (SJ) took a pass in front of the Canucks net and Dan Cloutier (VAN) stopped his initial attempt, but Teemu Selanne (SJ) followed up with a shot that snuck past Cloutier to give the Sharks an early 1-0 lead. Jonathan Cheechoo (SJ) followed up with a one-time shot from a pass from Alyn MCauley (SJ) that rang off the post.
Brad Stuart (SJ) then took an inopportune hooking penalty. Marek Malik (VAN) and Trevor Linden (VAN) took advantage of poor rebound control by Nabokov (SJ) and a derelict Sharks penalty kill to tie the game at 1-1. Scott Thornton (SJ) then broke in behind the Canucks' defense and scored on the backhand to re-establish the Sharks' lead at 2-1. Teemu Selanne (SJ) then controlled the puck in the Canucks' zone and fed a cross ice pass to Adam Graves (SJ) who one-timed a wrist shot past Dan Cloutier (VAN) to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead.
Sharks Captain Patrick Marleau also manage to break in behind the Cancuks defense and roofed a backhand shot that Dan Cloutier again was unable to handle, extending the Sharks' lead to 4-1. The Sharks continued their early game pressure and took the lead into the 2nd Period.
Ed Jovanovksi (VAN) took a quick elbowing penalty that gave the Sharks their first powerplay of the game. Mattias Ohlund (VAN) fed Mats Lindgren (VAN) in the slot for a shot that was stopped by the pad of Evgeni Nabokov (SJ). Teemu Selanne (SJ) then fed Vincent Damphousse (SJ) in the slot for chance that Cloutier stopped. However, on the same shift Adam Graves (SJ) fed Teemu Selanne (SJ)in the high slot for a one-time shot that beat Dan Cloutier (VANJ) blocker-side.
Marcus Naslund (VAN) broke in alone and wristed a shot past the glove hand of Evgeni Nabokov to give the Canucks their second goal of the game. Brad May (VAN) then released a shot that Nabokov stopped, but Brendan Morrision (VAN) converted on another poor rebound by Evgeni Nabokov. Sharks 5, Canucks 3. The period ended as such, with the Canucks outshooting the Sharks 25-13, the largest deficit in shots the Sharks have experienced this postseason.
Alyn McCaluey (SJ) then took an early hooking penalty against Brad May (VAN), and Teemu Selanne (SJ) had a breakaway attempt stopped by the left pad of Dan Cloutier (VAN). Dan McGillis (SJ) had his own breakaway attempt denied, and the Canucks' forwards Todd Bertuzzi, Tyler Bouck and Trevor Linden swarmed the Sharks' net but failed to break Evgeni Nabokkov this time. Marco Sturm (SJ) then had a breakaway attempt that he backhanded over Cloutier's glove. Sharks 6, Canucks 3.
Brad Stuart (SJ) then sent a pass the length of the ice that Dan Cloutier inexplicably rebounded right to Alexander Korolyuk (SJ) in the slot that Korolyuk managed to trickle past Cloutier. Sharks 7, Canucks 3.
Cloutier then redeemed himself with several saves against the line of Damphousse, Selanne and Graves (SJ), but the score remained the same until the final whistle. The Canucks outshot the Sharks 28-25, and the following players were selected as the three stars of the game:
3) Trevor Linden (VAN) Registered 1 Goal, 1 Assist and -1
2) Patrick Marleau (SJ) Registered 1 Goal, 2 Assists and +3
1) Teemu Selanne (SJ) Registered 2 Goals, 1 Assist and +3
Vancouver Canucks 3
San Jose Sharks 7
The Sharks beat the Canucks to take a 2-0 series lead. The series will now switch to General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Game 3 is scheduled to be broadcast on Thursday, June 18th at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time.