The Canucks offense found their scoring touch, scoring four goals in the third period on their way to a 7-3 rout of the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Canucks started the period on the powerplay after Ben Eager took a boarding penalty on Daniel Sedin in the final minute of the second period. The Canucks could only muster one shot on the powerplay though which is the first powerplay of the game that wasn't converted by either team.
Ben Eager took his third penalty of the game at the seven minute mark of the third period, second leading to a powerplay, as he tripped Mason Raymond along the boards near the benches. Chris Higgins converted for the Canucks second powerplay goal of the game to give the Canucks a 4-2 lead one minute later. Higgins shot the puck in front of the net through traffic and Niemi really didn't have much of a chance as he was screened on the shot.
The Sharks took a too many men penalty at the 10:47 mark of the third period to give the Canucks their fourth powerplay of the game. The Canucks converted again this time from Daniel Sedin's second goal of the game. The Canucks effectively cycled the puck on the powerplay and the stick ended up on Sedin's stick in front of the net.
The Canucks sixth goal was scored by Aaron Rome, his first playoff goal in his career, as he cleaned up a rebound in front of the net as the Sharks defense just seemed to allow any Canucks player take control of the puck and try and score.
Things got chippy within the final six minutes as the Sharks frustration started to boil over which culminated in Ryan Clowe being thrown out of the game. The Canucks received their fifth powerplay of the game and scored their fourth powerplay goal of the game as Mason Raymond scored his second goal of the playoffs. The assists on the goal came from Chris Higgins, his third point of the game, and Dan Hamhuis.
Ben Eager scored 45 seconds later as he found the puck and bowled over Roberto Luongo in the process. After he ran over Luongo, he started taunting him which caused a fury among the Canucks and sent Eager back to the box for a roughing penalty. Eager took a total of four minor penalties and gave the Canucks three powerplays in the game and after causing more issues than points, may be benched in Game 3.
The series now heads back to San Jose where the Sharks will be looking to pick up the pieces and try and win a game against the Canucks.