Penalties dominate Game 3, but Sharks do just enough to win
The Sharks beat the Canucks 4-3 in Game 3 to cut the West finals deficit to 2-1
Patrick Marleau scored twice, giving him goals in four straight playoff games
There were 17 power plays, the difference being the Sharks scoring on three
The game had the flow of California's Highway 101, that slim corridor connecting Silicon Valley to San Francisco and parts beyond. Which is to say, unless we're talking 3 a.m. on a holiday weekend -- and only then -- it was not a game that flowed very freely at all, Friday's Game 3 of the Western finals between the Sharks and Canucks.
Interrupting a seemingly non-stop parade to the penalty box by both teams was just enough good hockey from the hometown Sharks to squeeze out a 4-3 win at HP Pavilion. They still trail the best-of-seven series, with Game 4 set for Sunday at the Shark Tank.
A total of 17 power plays were included in this one, 10 for the Sharks. They cashed in on three, while the Canucks did on two, and there's your difference in the good old hockey game.
Patrick Marleau has now scored goals in four successive postseason games since being called "gutless" on national TV by a former teammate, Jeremy Roenick. The Sharks' veteran put two by Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and assisted on Dan Boyle's game-winner at 6:46 of the third period.
The fact that Boyle's long slap shot, nearing the expiration of a 5-on-3 Sharks power play, was the game-winner might be the most surprising part of the whole night. The Canucks seemed like they'd just finished licking the stamp to put on a mailed-in performance when San Jose 's Jamie McGinn committed a foolish boarding penalty on Vancouver 's Aaron Rome with 7:38 left.