The Vancouver Canucks had the chance to celebrate their 17th anniversary of their last Stanley Cup Finals berth with a win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 and Ryan Kesler kept that belief alive with his game tying goal with 14 seconds left on the clock.
The Canucks started the scoring with an Alex Burrows goal at the 8:02 mark of the first period after the Sedin twins cycled the puck nicely to Burrows in front of the net. Daniel Sedin made a behind the back, between the legs pass to brother Henrik who then found Burrows alone in front of the net.
The Sharks tied the game with a Patrick Marleau goal at the 9:57 mark of the second period. Marleau got a piece of a Dan Boyle shot that was then ultimately deflected off the hand of Kevin Bieksa and into the net. Joe Pavelski recorded the other assist on the goal.
Devin Setoguchi gave the Sharks their first lead of the game at the 24 second mark of the period on a miscue by goaltender Roberto Luongo. Luongo was facing a two on one situation and came out to swipe the puck away from the Sharks forward. He missed the puck and it ended up on the stick of Setoguchi who put it in the wide open net.
Ryan Kesler forced overtime as he scores the game-tying goal with 14 seconds left in the third period. Kesler at one point was suffering from an apparent leg injury and didn't appear that he was going to return to the game, but this is the Stanley Cup Playoffs and everyone plays hurt.
The Sharks outshot the Canucks 36-20 through the regulation period and Roberto Luongo has had a solid game with 34 saves through the first three periods. San Jose's Antti Niemi has 18 saves at the opposite end.