Thank the officials for putting away the whistles and letting the Sharks and Canucks take it to each other for the first two periods of play Wednesday night. The first 40 minutes of hockey were thrilling, gritty, physical hockey, and neither team disappointed.
Neither team was able to score in the first period, with the Sharks out-shooting the Canucks 15-9. In the second period, Vancouver got on the board first with a backhand goal from Kevin Bieksa. Logan Couture answered back to tie the game with a goal of his own on a power-play, Dan Boyle and Joe Pavelski were credited with assists on the goal.
When the pace of the game finally slowed a bit in the third period, the Sharks were able to break the tie and take the win on goals by Boyle and Patrick Marleau.
Canucks’ goalie Roberto Luongo looked tough early on, shutting down a flurry of Sharks shots-on-goal to keep the contest knotted up at zero apiece. Luongo was a bit of a surprise starter for Vancouver as Cory Schneider had not re...