Blackhawks Beat Canucks to Avoid NHL Playoff Sweep; Sharks Rally

Blackhawks Beat Canucks to Avoid NHL Playoff Sweep
Dave Bolland of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League playoff series at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Photographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-2 to keep the defending Stanley Cup champion alive in the National Hockey League playoff series.

Patrick Sharp had two goals less than 11 minutes apart in the third period for Chicago last night, while Bryan Bickell, Brian Campbell, Duncan Keith, Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik also scored for the Blackhawks at United Center in Chicago.

The top-seeded Canucks lead the best-of-seven Western Conference series 3-1 and can advance to the second round by winning Game 5 tomorrow in Vancouver.

Sami Salo and Daniel Sedin scored the Canucks’ goals last night.

At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Devin Setoguchi’s goal 3:09 into overtime lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Kings and a 2-1 lead in their series.

Ryane Clowe scored two goals for the Sharks, who had trailed 4-0 early in the second period. Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski got the other goals for San Jose, which travels to Los Angeles for Game 4 tomorrow.

Willie Mitchell, Kyle Clifford, Michal Handzus, Brad Richardson and Ryan Smyth tallied goals for the Kings.

The Detroit Red Wings can sweep their series with a win at the Phoenix Coyotes tonight, when the top-seeded Washington Capitals look to extend their lead to 3-1 at the New York Rangers. Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Penguins take a 2-1 advantage to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Nashville Predators host the Anaheim Ducks leading 2-1.

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