Game 1 notes: Sedin twins assault Niemi's net


Game 1 notes: Sedin twins assault Niemi's net


VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Looks as though the Mounties can remove those missing person posters of the Sedin Twins from the light poles all along Burrard Street, near the waterfront.

Henrik and Daniel finally showed up Sunday night at Rogers Arena in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals as the Canucks came from behind with a 3-2 victory over the Sharks.

Henrik Sedin scored the eventual game-winner while Daniel Sedin had a key block on Dan Boyles shot soon after. Henrik had just one shot in the game and made it count.

Were here to score goals, to produce, Henrik said. We come to the rink, we know when were not playing well. We dont have to hear that from everyone else. There have been games where we havent been happy with our performance.
RATTO: Canucks constrict Sharks in Game 1

There have been other games where weve been happy with the way we played, and in a few of those games weve been minus players a lot. That doesnt help with the media coverage.

Daniel? He had six shots on Antti Niemi.

I didnt think our first two periods were bad, but the third, we took over, Daniel said. We were down, but we took over. Weve been winning games, but maybe we havent played as good as we wanted to. Tonight, for 60 minutes, I thought we played a really good game.

So did Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

You know, theyre always thinking, Vigneault said. Tonight, when we got caught out there at the end and I called timeout, Hank turned and looked at me on the bench. He said, Let me switch sweaters with Danny.

McLellans reaction: Sharks coach Todd McLellan was impressed with the Sedin Twins, as well.

They're Henrik and Daniel, McLellan said. One was the most valuable player in the league last year, one was supposed to be the most valuable player in the league this year. Do we worry about them? Absolutely.

I told our group prior to the game there's a lot of focus on Ryan Kesler and deservingly so. Two, three guys we really needed to focus on was that line.

I don't know what happened in the Nashville series as far as their chances and opportunities go. We watched a little bit on video. But I know we have a ton of respect for both of them. They showed it tonight.

Brutal goal: That would best describe what happened to Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on the games first goal.

He went behind the net to play a puck, then under pressure, shot it directly into the right circle, almost a tape-to-tape pass to the Sharks Joe Thornton, who buried it into an empty net.

I don't like to make excuses, but if you remember the play a few minutes earlier, Ben Eager slashed my stick, Luongo said. It was kind of broken, and when I went to make the pass I didn't get all of it.

It looked pretty bad, obviously. I've been playing the puck a million times this year, and I think I've done a pretty good job at it. Marty Turco makes mistakes playing the puck, and he's the best in the league. But I could hear the fans were a little nervous afterwards.

Loose pucks: McLellan swapped Jason Demers out on defense with Ken Huskins but would not confirm an injury as the reason. Lineup change with Jason Demers, obviously Husky went in and I thought he played a pretty honest game, McLellan said. We'll see what we do for Game 2. Asked again on Demers, he replied. He's bumped and bruised, just like everybody else. Niemi had four saves on Daniel Sedin in the first period, including a good one from distance off a screened shot San Jose won the faceoff battle, 52-to-48 percent.Tim Panaccio is the NHL Insiderfor E-mail him at

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights


ANAHEIM -- Mikkel Boedker had two goals and an assist, Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Sunday night.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks, who have won five of six. Aaron Dell stopped 33 shots.

Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim. John Gibson stopped only 17 of 22 shots and was replaced after giving up his fifth goal. Anaheim had a four-game home winning streak snapped.

Four goals came in the third period. First, Anaheim pulled within one when Ondrej Kase stole the puck from behind the net and quickly fed Getzlaf, who fired it past Dell.

One minute later, the Sharks answered when Thornton's slap shot went in.

Boedker's second goal gave San Joe a 5-2 lead, and Karlsson's goal on goalie Ryan Miller made it a runaway.

The Ducks first found the net in the final minute of the second period, but that took a two-man advantage and a bit of luck.

Rakell was camped a few feet below the crease when he snapped a shot. San Jose's Justin Braun stuck out a stick, but it deflected the puck off the back of Dell's arm and into the net.

It was Rakell's team-high 17th goal this season.

San Jose appeared to take a commanding 3-0 lead on a power play in the second period. Boedker fired a shot from the top of the right circle that whistled past Gibson.

The Sharks took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when Anaheim's No.1 line turned the puck over. Thornton snapped it out to Labanc, who popped free for a breakaway. He beat Gibson on his short side for his fifth goal.

The Sharks took a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a nifty give-and-go when Tomas Hertl skated down the far side and sent a pass through the legs of Anaheim's Brandon Montour and right to Vlasic in front of the net.

Vlasic snapped it past Gibson for his seventh goal of the season.


Sharks: Return to San Jose on Tuesday night to play the Jets.

Ducks: Remain at home to play the Rangers on Tuesday night.

49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles


49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles

Veteran 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is expected to benefit from the Philadelphia Eagles’ trip to the Super Bowl.

Staley, originally chosen as an alternate, is expected to be named to his sixth Pro Bowl to take the place of Eagles Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnson.

The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, Jan. 28, in Orlando, Florida. Members of the Super Bowl participant Eagles and New England Patriots will not play in the All-Star game. The Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

The other Pro Bowl offensive tackles representing the NFC are Dallas’ Tyron Smith and Los Angeles’ Andrew Whitworth, who replaced Washington’s Trent Williams.

Staley got off to a rough start last season as the 49ers opened on a nine-game losing streak. The idea of his career coming to an end began to creep into his mind, he said recently on the 49ers Insider Podcast.

But Staley said he had a talk with coach Kyle Shanahan that got him refocused for the remainder of the season. The 49ers finished with a five-game win streak to finish with a 6-10 record, and Staley played well down the stretch.

“I’m so far gone from where I was in that moment early in the year that I’m just focused on next year and, hopefully, years after that,” said Staley, 33, an 11-year NFL veteran. “I feel like I can still play.

“I think this last half of the season I played some of the best football of my career. I feel very confident in what we’re doing schematically with the people surrounding us, and it shows in my own play.”

Staley would join fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who was the only 49ers player named to the Pro Bowl when the teams were announced in last month.