Sharks 3, Canucks 1: Defenseman Dan Boyle snapped a tie at 9:17 of the third period and Patrick Marleau added insurance less than 5 1/2 minutes later as visiting San Jose drew first blood in its Western Conference first-round series against Northwest Division champion Vancouver.
Logan Couture recorded a goal and an assist, Joe Pavelski set up a pair of tallies and Antti Niemi made 29 saves for the sixth-seeded Sharks, who became the first road team to earn a victory this postseason. Game 2 is Friday in Vancouver.
Roberto Luongo was unable to cover the rebound of Pavelski's shot and Tommy Wingels pushed the loose puck to Boyle, who drilled it into an open right side of the net from the doorstep to give San Jose a 2-1 lead. Marleau created breathing room when his shot from the low slot deflected off Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and past Luongo after a nifty backhand pass from behind the net by Couture.
Defenseman Kevin Bieksa scored and Luongo turned aside 25 shots for the third-seeded Canucks, who have lost two straight home contests following an eight-game winning streak at Rogers Arena.
After a scoreless first period in which San Jose outshot Vancouver 15-9, the Canucks got on the board at 12:26 of the second. Bieksa poked a loose puck past Niemi during a scramble in front a few seconds after the goaltender stopped the defenseman's slap shot.
The Sharks drew even during a power play with 3:25 remaining in the session as Couture received a feed from Boyle and fired the puck just inside the left post from the top of the slot.
GAME NOTEBOOK: San Jose RW Martin Havlat left the game midway through the first period with an undisclosed injury and did not return. Havlat registered one shot on goal in 3:16 of ice time before exiting. ... Vancouver G Joe Cannata, who has yet to make his NHL debut, dressed as Luongo's backup as Cory Schneider remains sidelined with an undisclosed injury. ... Marleau's goal was his 53rd in 130 career postseason games. ... Sharks D Jason Demers (foot) and C Scott Gomez (undisclosed) were scratched. ... Canucks C Henrik Sedin and LW Daniel Sedin combined for only four shots on goal. D Alex Edler led the club with five.