Game one of the Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks series was one of the most entertaining games I have ever seen in the 2011 NHL playoffs. Even before the puck was dropped in the first period the referees had to come in and give out warnings to the players. As soon as the puck was dropped, this game immediately started at a high tempo and each player finished off every check. But game one did not see a goal go in the net until Joe Thornton’s unassisted goal near the end of the first period.
The second period started off the same way the first period did, but a bad choice by Antti Niemi to play the puck lead to a Maxim Lapierre goal. But the Sharks retook the lead on the power play courtesy of Patrick Marleau. Another highlight of the 2nd period came at the end of the period where there was a mad scramble right in Niemi’s goal crease. Where the Canucks had numerous chances to slap and poke the puck into the net.
In the 3rd period the Canucks took control for the entire period as the Sharks were constantly under siege from all Vancouver players. Kevin Bieksa scored at the 7:02 mark in the 3rd to tie the game up at twos. But less than two minutes later Henrik Sedin scored his niftiest goal in a while from a Christian Ehrhoff pass. The game continued at a high octane pace, while the Sharks tried to get some momentum and scoring opportunities. But the Canucks were behind a Vancouver crazy crowd, as the Canucks defense stood tall in a 3 – 2 come from behind win. Tonight was a truly crazy canuck night; these two teams really hate each other.