The Sharks (79-1-0) traveled back to HP Pavilion to face the Vancouver Canucks (40-31-9) for the fourth and final meeting this season. The Sharks had won all three previous contests. Dan Cloutier (VAN) and Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) started in goal for their respective clubs.
Marek Malik (VAN) took a hooking penalty midway through the 1st period to give the Sharks a powerplay, which they failed to convert on due to stalwart defense by the Canuck penalty killers and strong play in net from Dan Cloutier (Vancouver)
The Canucks dominated the first period in hits and intercepted passes, but the Sharks outshot them 9-5 in the opening period. Neither team registered a goal heading into the 2nd period.
Fedor Federov (VAN) almost scored early in the 2nd period on a on-timer deep in the slot, but Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) stopped him cold to keep the score 0-0. The Canucks continued to pressure Nabokov early,
Kyle McLaren (SJ) then took a pass from Brad Stuart (SJ), skated around Mattias Ohlund (VAN) and across the crease to bank a wristshot in off the post and give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Midway through the 2nd period, Canucks captain Marcus Naslund took an interference penalty and, on the ensuing powerplay, the Sharks magaged several shots on net, all of which were stopped by Dan Cloutier (VAN). Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) remained equal to the task, stopping Naslund on a breakaway and making several more solid saves to preserve the Sharks' 1-0 lead heading into the 3rd period. The Sharks outshot the Canucks 17-12 by the 2nd Intermission.
Sharks' captain Patrick Marleau scored oon a breakway early in the 3rd period to extend the Sharks' lead to 2-0, and Rob Davison (SJ) scored on a Vincent Damphousse (SJ) rebound to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead early in the 3rd period.
However, Brandon Reid (VAN) scored on a one-time shot from the slot to get the Canucks on the board, and Ed Jovanovski (VAN) then buried a one-time feed from Reid to pull the Canucks to within 3-2 of the Sharks. It was the first time the Sharks had allowed back-to-back goals at home since their game against the Florida Panthers earlier this season (the Sharks would eventually win that game 7-2).
Vancouver's comeback faced its first obstacle when Brendan Morrison (VAN) took a hooking penalty to for the Canucks to play shorthanded. On the ensuing Sharks powerplay, Dan McGillis (SJ) fed Adam Grtaves (SJ) in the shot for a one-timer that beat Dan Cloutier and extended the Sharks lead to 40-2. However, after the ensuing faceoff, Sharks defenseman Mike Rathje took a hooking penalty of his own to put the Sharks on the penalty kill. Marco Sturm (SJ), however, took advantage of a hole in the Vancouver defense to score a shorthanded goal early in the penalty kill. Patrick Marleau (SJ) scored a shorthanded goal of his own on a bad line change by the Canucks to extend the Sharks' lead to 6-2, their largest margin of the game. Vincent Damphousse then scored a shorthanded goal of his own to extend the Sharks' lead to 7-2 with less than a minute remaining in the game. Dan Cloutier (VAN) was subsequently replaced to end the game, but not before Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) robbed Brandon Reid on a one-timer to preserve the Sharks' lead. However, a few seconds later Trevor Linden (VAN) took a pass from Brandon Reid and buried his own rebound to end the powerplay and render the score 7-3. Lynn Loyns (SJ) responded with a goal of his own to give the Sharks an 8-3 lead and eventual victory. The Sharks outshot the Canucks 31-25 to sweep the season series 4-0-0. The following players were named the three stars of the game:
3) Vincent Damphousse (SJ) registered 1 Goal, 2 Assists and +0
2) Kyle McLaren (SJ) registered 1 Goal, 2 Assists and +5
1) Patrick Marleau (SJ) registered 2 Goals, 1 Assist and +3
Vancouver Canucks 3
San Jose Sharks 8
The Sharks move on to the final game of the season, again at HP Pavilion, against the Los Angeles Kings, whom the Sharks are 5-0-0 against so far this season. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time.