Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau scored in the third period for the San Jose Sharks, who rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Wednesday night in the first-round Western Conference series opener.
The Vancouver Canucks don’t know who their goaltender will be Wednesday night when they host Game 1 of this series against the San Jose Sharks as Cory Schneider tries to recover from an undisclosed injury in time to make the start.
The San Jose Sharks will have to quickly figure out how to win on the road — at least once in this series vs. the Canucks — if they are going to advance. They were 17-2-5 at home but only 8-13-2 on the road, though one of the wins was in Vancouver.
The San Jose Sharks have searched for an identity on their journey through this lockout-shortened season. “I think we’ve got more of an identity right now,” forward Tommy Wingels said. “We really do.
The Kings wrapped up the fifth playoff seed in the Western Conference with a 3-2 victory Saturday night over the Sharks.
Saturday night’s regular-season finale may not be the final meeting between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks depending on certain postseason scenarios.
San Jose had a chance to pass Los Angeles for fourth in the West, but the Coyotes played more like the team still in the playoff hunt.
“There’s a sense of relief, but it can’t be a sense of relaxation,” San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. “When we came in we immediately looked at what happened tonight around the league, and there’s still a chance for home ice. It would be a nice thing to have.”
Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored goals 30 seconds apart late in the third period to help the San Jose Sharks clinch their ninth straight playoff berth with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
The San Jose Sharks have won a lot of games over the past four weeks to get on the verge of a ninth consecutive postseason appearance, but they’ve been unable to solve the playoff-hopeful Dallas Stars.
The San Jose Sharks made the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs after winning the Pacific Division. In the first round, they defeated the Los Angeles Kings in six games.