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WCF Game 3 Notes
Joe Thornton, Jamie McGinn and whiney coaches
5/20/11 - By Mike Lee -

» Guess who's leading the NHL in playoff scoring this spring? Joe Thornton vaulted to the top of the league stat sheet with his three assist night. Thornton has 8 points (1 G, 7 A) in his last six games.

» Dan Boyle's 15 points (3G, 12A) is 6th in the league in scoring during the playoffs, and leads all defensemen in scoring.

» Patrick Marleau has a four-game goal scoring streak.

» Andrew Desjardins played in his first career NHL playoff game. Ben Eager's antics in Game 2 earned him a seat in the press box. Scott Nichol and Benn Ferriero were also healthy scratches.

» Christian Ehrhoff suffered a left shoulder injury late in the 1st period and did not return. Vigneault suggested that both he and Aaron Rome may not play in Game 4.

» Clowe leveled Logan Couture early in the 3rd period in a collision behind the Canucks net. Couture skated to the locker room and returned late in the game. It appeared that Couture ran into Clowe's torso, head first.

» Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said he thought the referees got the McGinn call right, but that there was, "no intent." McLellan's diplomacy has always focused on directing any blame away from the on-ice officials.

» Alain Vigneault on the other hand was not shy about voicing his displeasure with all the calls his team took in Game 3. Vigneault deferred answering any questions about all the penalties the Canucks took, but took a jab at the officiating crew saying that he, "would rack up a bunch of fines." for expressing what he thought of all the calls.

» McGinn's game misconduct was his second of the playoffs, which means he will automatically be suspended for Game 4. "It's tough," McGinn said after the game about his impending suspension. "I got into the lineup finally tonight and I thought I was doing a good job. To go back upstairs (to the press box) sucks."

» Ryan Kesler was a beast in the faceoff circle, winning 19 of 27 draws (70%). The Canucks held a slight advantage overall (54%) in faceoff wins.

» It was too easy, but four Shark fans donned colored spandex (3 in orange, 1 in teal), in homage to Vancouver's Green Men. The Teal Man was particularly amusing in the 2nd period when he wore a blond wig and shirt that he kept pulling up to reveal his, well, teal spandex. He was mocking the Canucks fan who flashed Eager in Game 2.

» The Sharks power play is an insane 5 for 13 in the series. They were a perfect 4-for-4 before Vancouver killed the back half of Ehrhoff's double minor in the 1st period on Friday night.

» Marc-Edouard Vlasic has quietly had a solid series. The young defenseman had 2 blocked shots, but more importantly helped stymie the Canucks top line. "I thought we played solid," Vlasic said after the game. "Blocking shots, being strong in front of our net. The last 10 minutes they had that 5 minute power play, so I thought we did a fairly good job, except for that one missed assignment. The other one (goal) went off one of our skates."

» San Jose has four players in the top 10 in penalty minutes during the playoffs. The Canucks Maxim Lapierre leads all players with 54 PIMs. Eager is 3rd with 41 PIMs, Kevin Bieksa is 4th (33), Ryane Clowe and McGinn are tied for 5th (30), and Scott Nichol is 10th (26).


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