San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton was in the lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals in Vancouver on Tuesday night.
After killing off five power plays, the Canucks made the most of the gifts they were given, converting three straight 5-on-3s to push the Sharks to the brink of elimination.
Lindsay Berra breaks down the keys to the Western Conference finals matchup between the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.
San Jose might have plenty of depth down the middle, but Scott Burnside believes that the Ryan Kesler factor might be too much for the Sharks to overcome.
San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton is expected to play a potential elimination game in Game 5 of the Western Conference final despite leaving the previous game with an injury.
Patrick Marleau scored twice in the first period and Antti Niemi made the early lead stand up with 27 saves to get the San Jose Sharks back into the Western Conference final with a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 on Friday night.
The Vancouver Canucks came back to open their first Western Conference final in 17 years with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.