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Sharks Say Cheating Accusations Show Canucks’ Desperation

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Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks is congratulated by teammates Patrick Marleau #12 and Joe Thornton #19 after scoring a power play goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, May 01, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks is congratulated by teammates Patrick Marleau #12 and Joe Thornton #19 after scoring a power play goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, May 01, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Bleacher Report) — Whether or not the Vancouver Canucks’ random cheating accusations against the San Jose Sharks are true or not, the Sharks in Game 1 were too fast, had too many scoring opportunities and had a goalie who was too locked in.

The Sharks won 57 percent of the face-offs in Wednesday’s Game 1 win over the favored Canucks, but San Jose was second in the NHL with 53.4 percent of face-off wins during the regular season. Compare that to the 25th-ranked Canucks, and it was bound to be a lopsided affair in the face-off circle.

But Alain Vigneault accused the Sharks of cheating after the 3-1 loss.

“They’re second in the league in face-offs. They have a lot of experience. They cheat and that’s part of the game,” he told The Vancouver Sun newspaper. “We have to be able to handle that. We have to find a way to get better. We have some experienced guys I think can do a pretty good job and they have to do it.”

READ MORE from Bleacher Report on Vigneault’s cheating accusations…

(Copyright 2013 CBS San Francisco and Bleacher Report. All rights reserved.)

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