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Power-play score gives San Jose time off in NHL playoffs

  • San Jose Sharks center Tommy Wingels, right, is covered by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) is during the first period of Game 4 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN JOSE -- The last three teams to eliminate the Vancouver Canucks from the playoffs have gone on to win the Stanley Cup.

Now, thanks to a tap-in power-play goal by Patrick Marleau at 13:18 of overtime, the Sharks hope to increase that streak to four as San Jose made it a clean sweep over the Canucks with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night at HP Pavilion.

The victory enables the Sharks to advance to the next round of the post-season without a loss for the first time in franchise history.

The series-winning goal was San Jose's third power play tally of the night after Canucks forward Daniel Sedin was called for boarding.

For a while, it looked as if the Sharks would lose after holding a one-goal lead inthe third period.


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