Patrick Marleau scored twice in the first period and Antti Niemi made the early lead stand up with 27 saves to get the San Jose Sharks back into the Western Conference final.
The Vancouver Canucks came back to open their first Western Conference final in 17 years with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
As soon as the San Jose Sharks were swept out of the Western Conference final a year ago, coach Todd McLellan’s message was the importance of growth.
The Detroit Red Wings avoided elimination by beating the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series on Friday night.
Devin Setoguchi scored 9:21 into overtime to finish a hat trick, and the San Jose Sharks took a commanding 3-0 lead over the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals.
Dan Boyle and Ben Eager scored for the Sharks, whose four-game winning streak ended with Anaheim’s four power-play goals.
Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist to give him 999 career points and help the San Jose Sharks clinch their fourth straight Pacific Division title with a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Antti Niemi made 29 saves for his sixth shutout of the season and Patrick Marleau scored twice to help the San Jose Sharks clinch a playoff spot.
Logan Couture broke a scoreless tie with 8:05 to play, Antti Niemi had 25 saves for his second straight shutout, and the San Jose Sharks ran their defensive-minded winning streak to four games Tuesday.
Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks was one of 12 defensemen picked Tuesday to be on the 2011 NHL All-Star game roster.