My Pick: Sharks in seven games
On Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks had to come from behind to take game one in the series. In the first period, the Vancouver crowd was silenced when Roberto Luongo threw a lazy pass towards Joe Thornton. He buried it in the net and gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead with a 1:13 left. Not the way the Canucks wanted to start off the game. Then in the second period, the Canucks answered 1:49 into the second period with Maxim Lapierre’s wrister. Then, the boos came in as Mason Raymond was called for a weak holding penalty, and the Sharks capitalized on their power-play with a Patrick Marleau goal. After two periods, the Sharks had a 2-1 lead, and looked like the better team. Unfortunately, the demons from the Detroit series returned and the Sharks blew another third period lead. First Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa scored on a sliding Antti Niemi. Then, 8:21 into the third period, and 1:19 after Bieksa’s goal Henrik Sedin scored the go-ahead goal. There was still plenty of time left in the game, but Luongo finished strong and preserved the lead for the Canucks. Game two is tonight, and both teams hope to play better.