VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 18: Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks tries to defend himself during a fight as Kevin Bieksa #3 of the Vancouver Canucks prepares to throw a punch in the second period in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena on May 18, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
If the world does come to its end on May 21, 2011, then game three of the Western Conference Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks will probably be the last hockey game we get to see. It had better be a damn good one.
San Jose Sharks
@ Vancouver Canucks
Friday, May 20, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT
Nucks Misconduct @ Fear the Fin
The Canucks have a 2-0 series lead after sweeping the first two games in Vancouver, so the Sharks will desperately need to use home ice to its fullest advantage for any chance to get back into the series. (Hopefully they're not counting on "Dominant" Dany Heatley to power them back into the series, though... that's not his style.) Patrick Marleau can only lose so many fights before his teammates step up, right?
For the Sharks to win, Joe Thornton will have to continue providing the leadership he's been providing so far (I'm as surprised to type that as you are to read it), and supporting players like Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture are going to have to step up. For Vancouver, if the Sedins can keep leading the way offensively (they've combined for 7P in the two games so far) and Kevin Bieksa can continue playing like Bobby Orr, it might not matter how the Sharks' forwards play.
We'll find out tonight. Spend your last night on Earth with us here on Silver Seven!