The more popular storyline coming out of Game 2 in the series between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks will center on the Canucks choking at home in the playoffs nonce again. However, the Sharks deserve a lot of credit for the amount of pressure they were able to put on in the closing minutes of Friday night's contest.
The Canucks were just 55 seconds away from closing out a Game 2 win, but the Sharks just never went away.
With Antti Niemi pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Patrick Marleau put a quick shot on net that was stopped by Roberto Luongo, but Marleau followed his shot. The puck had trickled just behind Luongo and sat just before the goal line. Marleau was able to get there and bat it in to knot things up.
With the game knotted up at the end of regulation, it headed to over time.
Then, just 5:31 into the extra period, defenseman-turned-forward Brent Burns blocked a shot to spring he and Raffi Torres on a two-on-one against Kevin Bieksa. Burns showed great patience, then gave a perfect pass to Torres who one-timed a shot just under the cross bar.
It was an incredible finish to what had been a fairly evenly-matched hockey game. Now the Sharks lead the series 2-0 heading back to San Jose and the Canucks are left wondering what the heck just happened.