Stanley Cup Conference Finals: Day 10

The Vancouver Canucks are heading to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 17 seasons. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks are heading to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 17 seasons. (Harry How/Getty Images)

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 2 San Jose Sharks
GAME 5: VAN 3 – SJS 2, 2OT

VANCOUVER – It took two overtimes and a fluke of an ending, but the Canucks are heading to the Stanley Cup Finals for only the third time in franchise history with the chance to win their first ever Cup.

The Canucks struck first from an Alex Burrows goal almost halfway through the first period to give them a 1-0 lead.

Dan Boyle evened the scoring with his power play tally 9:57 into the second period.

Devin Setoguchi struck just 24 seconds into the third to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead. The Sharks looked to be heading towards a Game 6, but a controversial icing call with just 29 seconds left gave the Canucks an offensive zone draw.

Ryan Kesler deflected Henrik Sedin‘s shot past Antti Niemi to tie the game at 2 with 13 seconds remaining.

Roberto Luongo and Niemi both stood tall on either end of the ice through one and a half overtimes, but 10:18 into the second overtime, Kevin Bieksa ended the Sharks hopes. Alexander Edler‘s shot around the glass ricocheted off a stanchion and out towards the blue line where Bieksa was positioned. No one on the ice saw where the puck had gone, including Niemi. Bieksa took advantage of the confusion and fired the puck into the net to send the Canucks to the Cup Finals.

Luongo faced 56 shots in the game compared to Niemi’s 34. The Canucks went nine straight periods without registering double digits in shots, going back to the third period of Game 3.

For those of you wondering: No, Sedin did not touch the Clarence Campbell trophy.

SERIES: 4-1 Vancouver

EAST:

3. Boston Bruins – 3
5. Tampa Bay Lightning – 2

WEST:

1. Vancouver Canucks – 4
2. San Jose Sharks – 1

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Categories: Ice Hockey, NHL, Sports, Stanley Cup Playoffs

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