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Canucks Defeat Sharks 3-2 to Reach NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals

May 25 (Bloomberg) -- The Vancouver Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in double overtime to reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 17 years.

Vancouver won the best-of-seven National Hockey League Western Conference finals by four games to one.

The Canucks trailed 2-1 until 14 seconds from the end of the third period, when Ryan Kesler got the tying goal at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Kevin Bieksa then scored the winner for the Canucks 10:18 into the second overtime.

Vancouver took the lead in the first period last night through Alex Burrows. Patrick Marleau tied it in the second period and Devin Setoguchi put the Sharks 2-1 ahead 24 seconds into the third period.

Top-seeded Vancouver is chasing its first Stanley Cup title, having lost in the finals in 1982 and 1994. The Sharks have never reached the championship series in their 19 major league seasons.

The Canucks will play the Boston Bruins or Tampa Bay Lightning, who host tonight’s sixth game in the Eastern Conference finals. The Bruins lead the series 3-2.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at

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