NHL PLAYOFFS: San Jose knocks out Vancouver
Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal 13:18 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks completed their first playoff sweep in franchise history, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 Tuesday night.
Joe Pavelski scored his second power-play goal of the game to tie it with 4:27 left in regulation. Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks, who will now get a break before beginning the second round of the playoffs next week.
Mason Raymond, Alex Burrows and Alexander Edler scored for the Canucks, who were unable to hold on to a late third-period lead for the second time this series.
Cory Schneider made big stops early in the overtime, but gave up the rebound that led to Marleau’s series-clinching goal.
SENATORS 3, CANADIENS 2, OT: Kyle Turris scored 2:32 into overtime, lifting the Senators into a 3-1 series lead. Turris’ shot from the sideboards sneaked past Montreal backup goalie Peter Budaj, who came on for the injured Carey Price at the start of overtime. Cory Conacher scored with 22.6 seconds to go in regulation to force overtime. Mika Zibanejad had the other goal for the Senators. P.K. Subban and Alex Galchenyuk scored 62 seconds apart in the second period for Montreal. Price made 30 saves, but was injured on Conacher’s tying goal late in the third period.
BLACKHAWKS 3, WILD 0: Patrick Sharp scored two goals for Chicago, and the Blackhawks ratcheted up their defense, putting the Wild on the brink of elimination. Bryan Bickell also scored and Corey Crawford made 25 saves for the Blackhawks, who built a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven matchup. The Wild had another goalie get hurt when Josh Harding’s injury forced Darcy Kuemper into action after the first intermission. Sharp scored on Chicago’s first shot at the rookie 62 seconds into the second period.