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NHL: Vancouver 4, San Jose 2

May 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM   |   Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 22 (UPI) -- Sami Salo scored two second-period, power-play goals Sunday and Vancouver took a commanding Western Conference Finals lead with a 4-2 victory over San Jose.

The win put the top-seeded Canucks up 3-1 against second-seeded San Jose with the series about to shift back to Vancouver for Tuesday's Game 5.

The Sharks went two men down after both Dany Heatley and Torrey Mitchell were whistled for minor penalties midway through the second period with the Canucks holding a 1-0 lead.

Salo first scored during the two-man advantage, and, with the Sharks still one man short, added another tally only 16 seconds later.

Vancouver's Ryan Kesler and Alexandre Burrows also found the net and Roberto Luongo stopped 33 shots, including 15 in the third period.

Andrew Desjardins and Ryane Clowe notched third-period goals for the Sharks, but San Jose could come no closer.

San Jose's Antti Niemi faced only 13 shots, stopping nine of them.

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