San Jose Sharks sweep Vancouver Canucks in first-round series | NHL playoffs
Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal 13:18 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks completed their first playoff sweep in franchise history, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in Game 4 of their first-round series. Before advancing to the NHL, Marleau played for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal 13:18 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks completed their first playoff sweep in franchise history, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 Tuesday night.
Before advancing to the NHL, the 33-year-old Marleau played for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.
San Jose's Joe Pavelski scored his second power-play goal of Game 4 to tie the score with 4:27 left in regulation. Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks, who will get a break before beginning the second round of the playoffs next week.
Mason Raymond, Alex Burrows and Alexander Edler scored for the Canucks, who were unable to hold onto a late third-period lead for the second time this series.
Vancouver was swept in a best-of-seven series for the fourth time in franchise history and first since the 2001 first round against Colorado.
Cory Schneider made big stops for the third-seeded Canucks early in the overtime, but gave up the rebound of Joe Thornton's shot that led to Marleau's series-clinching goal.
"It was just lying there on the side of the net and I was able to bat it home," said Marleau, who scored in each game of the series and has 56 playoff goals in his career.
San Jose scored three times on the power play.
"This year, this is not the way we wanted to end," Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin said. "It was almost like we were a first-time playoff team going to the (penalty) box too many times."
Vancouver's penalty before Marleau's goal was a controversial boarding call on Daniel Sedin, who later said, "We didn't lose that series on that one call."
The Canucks have lost 10 of their past 11 playoff games to raise major questions about the future of a team that made it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final two years ago and bowed to Boston. There is likely to be considerable speculation about the status of Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault and general manager Mike Gillis.
At Senators 3,
Canadiens 2 (OT)
Ottawa's Kyle Turris scored 2:32 into overtime, giving the Senators a 3-1 lead over Montreal in their East first-round series.
Cory Conacher scored for Ottawa with 22.6 seconds to go in regulation to force overtime.
At Islanders 6, Penguins 4
John Tavares scored with 9:49 left for a 5-4 lead, and New York evened its East first-round series with top-seeded Pittsburgh by winning Game 4.
Blackhawks 3, at Wild 0
Patrick Sharp scored twice for top-seeded Chicago, which increased its lead to 3-1 in the West first-round series.
Bryan Bickell also scored and Corey Crawford made 25 saves for the Blackhawks.