San Jose at Vancouver

Torres' goal in OT caps Sharks' rally over Canucks


VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Raffi Torres scored at 5:31 of overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 2 of their playoff series Friday night.

The Sharks took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to San Jose for games Sunday and Tuesday. San Jose was 17-2-5 at home this season.

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Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, whose goal in the final minute of the third period forced overtime, also scored for San Jose.

"I think it shows a lot about our team," said Torres. "We give up the lead, they were playing great. They were coming at us with everything. We showed a lot of determination, a lot of perseverance."

The Canucks took their sixth consecutive loss in a home playoff game. Now, they might not get another one after winning their fifth consecutive Northwest Division title.

Ryan Kesler scored two third-period goals for Vancouver, helping the Canucks overcome a 1-0 deficit that stood since the first period.

"I thought we played exceptional tonight," said Kesler. "We just didn't get it done. We have to regroup and focus on Game 3. Tomorrow we will learn from this and move on."

The Sharks outshot the Canucks 33-31 as Vancouver's Roberto Luongo and San Jose's Antti Niemi waged a goaltending battle for most of the game.

Shortly after getting hurt blocking Jason Garrison's shot, Thornton put in a rebound while falling down after Luongo stopped Brent Burns' deflection. The Sharks outshot the Canucks 10-4 in the first period after recovering from a slow start

San Jose had a goal disallowed at 6:08 of the second period. Joe Pavelski put in his own rebound but Tommy Wingels was deemed guilty of incidental contact with Luongo as he knocked him into a goalpost.

Luongo came up big near the midway mark as he stopped Torres, sprawling and catching the puck after a Vancouver giveaway.

Kesler created a 1-1 tie just 59 seconds into the third period as he put home a slap shot from the blue line during a power play. The goal came 20 seconds after San Jose's Andrew Desjardins was sent off for tripping Alex Edler.

Kesler put the Canucks ahead just over seven minutes later after a San Jose giveaway. Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle passed it up the middle and it deflected off Pavelski's stick and right to Kesler alone in the high slot. He ripped a slapper over Niemi's outstretched leg and blocker.

But Marleau forced overtime during a wild scramble. He poked in a puck that was lying in the crease after his shot squeezed through Luongo's legs and came to rest just in front of the goal line.

Just over a minute into overtime, Edler clanked a shot off the crossbar, and with Vancouver pressing, San Jose coach Todd McLellan called a timeout. Moments later, Torres scored on a 2-on-1 with Burns to give the Sharks the win.


  • Vancouver converted 1 of 3 power-play chances while San Jose was blanked on five.
  • Sharks winger Martin Havlat missed the game due to an undisclosed injury suffered in Game 1.
  • Rookie Joe Cannata again served as Luongo's backup as Cory Schneider continued to recover from an undisclosed injury suffered late in the regular season. Schneider took the morning skate, but the Canucks had not yet decided whether he will travel to San Jose.
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Raffi Torres ends it 5:31 into overtime, giving the Sharks a come-from-behind win that deflates the Vancouver crowd.  (Getty Images)
Raffi Torres ends it 5:31 into overtime, giving the Sharks a come-from-behind win that deflates the Vancouver crowd. (Getty Images)
San Jose  (2-0) «10113
Vancouver (0-2)00202
Three Stars
R. Kesler

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
R. Torres

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
P. Marleau

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
13:22 - Joe Thornton (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Burns, Stuart
59.0Power Play - Ryan Kesler (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Sedin, Sedin
07:06 - Ryan Kesler (2), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
19:04 - Patrick Marleau (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Boyle, Pavelski
05:31 - Raffi Torres (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Burns
Penalty Summary
06:13Garrison, 2 min, Cross Check
14:38Alberts, 2 min, Roughing
32.0Burrows, 2 min, Interference with goal tender.
08:18Burns, 2 min, Tripping
08:22Sedin, 2 min, Face-Off Interference
13:33Wingels, 2 min, High sticking
39.0Desjardins, 2 min, Tripping
03:43Bieksa, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
Other Games
Min 2 Final
Chi 5
Ott 1 Final
Mon 3
NYI 4 Final
Pitt 3