Sharks take opener on road against Canucks
Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau scored in the third period for the San Jose Sharks, who rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Wednesday...
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau scored in the third period for the San Jose Sharks, who rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Wednesday night in the first-round Western Conference series opener.
Boyle and Logan Couture both had a goal and an assist, and Marleau, the former Seattle Thunderbird, pushed San Jose's lead to 3-1. Antti Niemi made 28 saves for the Sharks, who were outshot 30-28.
Kevin Bieksa scored for the Canucks before a disappointed, white-towel-waving sellout crowd. The loss spoiled a strong effort from goalie Roberto Luongo, who earned the start after Cory Schneider didn't recover in time from an undisclosed injury.
The Canucks were the first home team to lose in the first six games of the playoffs. Game 2 of the series goes Friday night at Rogers Arena, and the Canucks will be under immense pressure to gain a split before the series shifts to San Jose for Games 3 and 4. The Canucks have lost their last five playoff games at Rogers Arena.
"It's one straight (loss) in the playoffs," Bieksa told the Vancouver Sun. "We have one more chance next game to get a split on home ice. ... We're a good team on home ice, and we are going to use that to our advantage in our next game."
At Penguins 5, Islanders 0
Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves and top-seeded Pittsburgh opened the playoffs with a romp over New York. Fleury earned his sixth career playoff shutout. Beau Bennett, Kris Letang and Tanner Glass also scored for the Penguins, who had no trouble against the upstart Islanders even with star Sidney Crosby sidelined by a broken jaw.
At Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1
Nathan Horton scored the go-ahead goal late in the first period and Boston used a revived offense to beat Toronto in the playoff series opener. The Bruins scored more than three goals for the first time in 10 games.