With only one win in their previous five games prior to last night, it seemed inevitable that the San Jose Sharks were bound to collapse against the high-flying Vancouver Canucks. In a game where the Canucks completely took over midway through the contest, it was clear that the Sharks were holding on for dear life.
Go-to offensive leaders Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler came to play, as did blueliner Kevin Bieka, who scored his second in two games on a short side shot off a breakaway chance. Secondary scorers Raffi Torres, Chris Higgins and Mason Raymond bolstered the Canucks lead to secure a 7-3 win. While he probably enjoyed the chest action more so than a rare playoff goal, Ben Eager came up too little, too late in a late third-period marker for the in teal. With that being said, Eager had an eventful game, with a huge hit on Daniel Sedin and several trips to the sin bin.
Nonetheless, last night’s game was another prime example of why the NHL is the greatest sports league, in large part to the end-to-end action that we are witnessing on a nightly basis. It goes without mentioning the fan support, which as you can see, is at its peak. Despite the blowout loss, the Canucks and Sharks played an entertaining brand of hockey. Fitting that the Sports Business Journal named the NHL the top sports league, ahead of the NFL, NBA, MLS and UFC. And for that, take a bow NHL.
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