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.”
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