Having already swept the Vancouver Canucks on their ice in the first two games of the opening round of the playoffs, the San Jose Sharks brought the battle back to San Jose Sunday evening.
Having only lost at home twice in regulation all season, San Jose did not disappoint in a 5-2 thumping of Vancouver that gave the Sharks a commanding 3-0 series lead heading into their first shot at an elimination game Tuesday evening.
Joe Pavelski got things started in the first period with his first of two goals on the evening. He added a goal in the second period to push the Sharks lead to 2-0. Pavelski scored his first goal on the power-play with a two-man advantage. Logan Couture and Joe Thornton assisted.
Couture added a pair of power-play goals of his own in the third period and Patrick Marleau chipped in his third goal of the series, also in the third period, to take the final score to 5-2.
Vancouver scored behind Alexandre Burrows wrist shot in the second period and Dan Hamhuis wrist shot...