SAN JOSE (NEWS1130) – Three power play goals in the second period proved to be the killer, as the Canucks have earned a big road win, beating San Jose 4-2 in Game Four.
Vancouver’s three goals in the second period all came on five-on-three power plays. Ryan Kesler scored his first goal of the series to open the scoring and Sami Salo followed up by scoring twice; his two goals came just 16 seconds apart.
The Canucks’ three goals in the second were scored in a span of 1:55, which set a new franchise record for the fastest three power play goals scored in the post-season. Henrik Sedin set a new Canucks franchise record, tallying four assists on the day. Henrik is now the playoff leader in scoring with 19 points.
The Canucks also set a new team record, recording their lowest amount of shots on goal in a playoff game, registering just 13 shots on Sharks goalie Antti Niemi.
The series shifts back to Vancouver for Game Five on Tuesday with the Canucks owning a commanding 3-1 series lead. That game will start at 6 p.m. at Rogers Arena.
Surrey’s party central: 72nd and Scott Road
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts says they are looking into showing the games on the big screens, just like they are doing in downtown Vancouver.
“We’re certainly looking at that down on Scott Road. But you know what, this weekend, at the Cloverdale Rodeo, they’ve got the big screens going.”
That is where she watched today’s game.
She says the city and police have been handling the crowds pretty well so far.
As for her own prediction for the series, Watts says, “We can win, and we will win. As long as they stay out of the penalty box and make sure the Sedins get on the ice, and Lu stays in his crease, we’ll pull a win off.”
Canucks fans everywhere
When the Canucks hit the road, so do they. Dozens of Vancouver fans have followed them down to San Jose for Game Four.
Jason Alvear runs the Old Wagon Saloon and Grill, which is steps away from the HP Pavilion, and says he is seeing plenty of Vancouver fans in town.
“We had about 250 Canucks fans in here to fill up the place on Friday. It was fun. The Sharks fans were walking down the street. It got pretty interesting. It was a sight, definitely. But all in good fun.”
He says he is still surprised to see so many of them in town.
“You know, we expected some coming in, but I tell you, what I saw was pretty overwhelming, but it was great. I mean, they are actually well behaved, good-mannered people. It went really well.”
Keep it tuned to News1130 for Canucks updates every 10 minutes on the fives, as well as recaps at the end of every period with Ann Schmaltz. We’ll also break into programming every time a goal is scored.