This is a bit "old news" at this point, but we may as well get all of the data up there. In Game Two, the Sharks kept the game close in the first period, kept the score close in the second period, but were completely undone in the third period, mostly by bad penalties. Ben Eager's boarding of Daniel Sedin with the score 3-2 near the end of the second got the ball rolling, and by the end of the game, the Canucks won 7-3, a score that was actually a fair characterization of the play.
This was also the infamous flasher game - the only one not archived by CBC - where a woman beside the penalty box pressed her breasts against the glass to taunt(?) Ben Eager. My favourite post on the subject is here:
Flashing on national TV is embarrassing, not only for women watching the game, but for Vancouver fans in general. Whether you've thought about it this way or not, it was a pretty inappropriate move for a fan to make no matter what city it's in, and Canucks fans have a bad enough reputation as bandwagoners and ref whiners. Do we really need to add "classless" or "trashy" to that list too?
Sounds reasonable! Now let's take a look at the comments:
I was at the game and the fans LOVED IT! I hope she gets a deal out of the whole thing. I hope the green men make fake boobs.
My Guess is this is an overwieght "CHICK" who is upset about! I'm a chick and and watched hockey all the time...I am a season ticket holder! GO FALSHER GO!
shut the hell up you are a piece of shit feminist reporter.
So to answer that rhetorical question above, yes, we do need to add "classless" or "trashy" to that list. Probably classless.
Scoring chances and more after the jump.
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The Canucks ripped into the Sharks for the second game in a row, and it didn't look at this point like there was going to be much of a series. As we know now, the Sharks actually played much better in Games Three, Four, and Five, but still not well enough to win more than just the one game. Interestingly, Todd McLellan decided to make a change on his fourth line after this game even though the big problems were elsewhere.
Recipients of God's Grace
3. Patrick Marleau - A beautiful tip on the Sharks' power play led to San Jose's second goal, and at even strength, Marleau was a part of San Jose's most effective (law-abiding) line.
2. Henrik Sedin - His three assists attest to his dominance both at evens and as the man stirring the drink on the power play to make San Jose pay for all of that time in the box. Just another ho hum game from Henrik Sedin.
1. Kevin Bieksa - He scored the go-ahead goal in the second period on an excellent pinch (a very underrated part of his game); picked his spot - an annoying but effective trait - well against Patrick Marleau, which led to Eager coming unglued; and was very effective at even strength against San Jose's top line. Just a terrific game from Bieksa.
Recipients of God's... Let's Call it Justice
3. Ben Eager - He actually wasn't a bad player when he wasn't in the penalty box, but he was in the penalty box a lot, including a couple of times with the game close. It's important to have your big hitters play an aggressive game, but they can cost you the game if they're not disciplined.
2. Joe Pavelski - But Ben Eager didn't cost his team the game. He didn't help, but the real difference was the Sharks' middle six forwards who couldn't get anything done. Foremost among them was Joe Pavelski who really struggled against the Canucks' top nine forwards. His last two chances for came against the Canucks bottom unit and with the score already 7-2, so when the game was in doubt, he just wasn't good enough.
1. Antti Niemi - It's absolutely not his fault that the Sharks lost the game, but seven goals against is more than a few too many. If the Sharks are better than the Canucks, it's by a very thin margin, so they really can't afford their goaltender to allow a goal on every three and a half chances.