It took a Ryan Kesler goal with 16 seconds left in the third period to tie it at two, and a puck that bounced fortuitously off a stanchion to Kevin Bieksa, who fired a fluttering shot past Antti Niemi midway through the second overtime period.
And with that, the Vancouver Canucks hurtle themselves into the Stanley Cup final against an eastern team unfortunately not named the Montreal Canadiens.
The Sharks were just 16 seconds from taking the game back to northern California for a big game six. But it isn’t to be. Full marks to them, though, they played hard and tough. Although Dany Heatley, in Gomezian fashion, was mostly a non-factor for the entire series.
Both Sedin’s were outstanding in this big game five, as was Roberto Luongo in net. But I’ve seen the Green Men have better nights.
Canucks fans can taste a Stanley Cup. Can this team do it? Most of the west coast thinks so.
I can’t go on. I’ve got to get up at 4:30 which feels like only minutes away.