NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at San Jose
(Saturday, April 7th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, San Jose 3 (OT)
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Jonathan Cheechoo scored with 33 seconds remaining in the third to tie the game for San Jose, but Mattias Ohlund answered with a goal 34 seconds into overtime for Vancouver as the Canucks beat the Sharks, 4-3, to clinch the Northwest Division title.
Down by a goal with time running out, the Sharks pulled Evgeni Nabokov for an extra attacker and the move paid off as Milan Michalek threw the puck on net and Cheechoo stuffed it past Roberto Luongo with time running out to send the game into overtime.
However, Joe Thornton was called for tripping just 20 seconds into the extra period and Vancouver took advantage. Ohlund fired a shot from the point that deflected off the stick of San Jose center Curtis Brown and up and over the head of Nabokov for the game-winning tally.
Kevin Bieksa had a goal and an assist and Luongo finished with 27 saves for the Canucks, who will be the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Thornton had a goal and two assists and Nabokov ended with 26 saves for the Sharks, whose loss sealed the Pacific Division title for the Anaheim Ducks. San Jose will be the fifth seed in the West.
After two quick goals by Matt Cooke and Taylor Pyatt to start the first period handed the Canucks an early 2-0 lead, San Jose answered with two power-play tallies in the middle stanza to tie the game.
Trevor Linden was called for hooking late in the first period and San Jose took advantage just 48 seconds into the second period. Thornton, from the right point, threw a shot on net that went off Luongo, off Michalek and into the back of the Vancouver net.
Luongo was then whistled for delay of game and Jan Bulis was called for hooking to give the Sharks a 5-on-3 power play later in the period and San Jose took advantage. Patrick Marleau fired a shot on net that went wide left of the Vancouver net, but bounced right out to Thornton, who slipped the puck past a sprawled Luongo to make it 2-2 with 4:18 left in the period.
Vancouver answered with a power-play marker of the its own seven minutes into the third period to regain the lead. With Brown off for hooking, Bieksa fired a slap shot past a screened Nabokov to make it 3-2.
Vancouver took three of four meetings with San Jose this season...Both teams finished 2-for-6 on the power play.
04/07 19:14:52 ET