Video: Kevin Bieksa Sends Vancouver Canucks to Cup on Hidden Puck Goal

The Vancouver Canucks have reached their third Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history, and they did so on one of the flukiest goals you will see. First off, the Canucks scored with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 2 and send it to overtime. Then in the second overtime, Kevin Bieksa scored the winning goal on one of the strangest plays you’ll see. Check out this video of Kevin Bieksa’s goal that sent Vancouver to the Cup:

Think about this from San Jose’s side for a second — this team is a perennial disappointment in the playoffs, and they not only blew a 2-1 lead with 16 seconds left, but they also lost on a goal where nobody on their defense saw the puck. I’d say that’s the most lackluster big goal I’ve seen, but last year’s Stanley Cup winner by Patrick Kane can compare. The only difference is the puck didn’t take any funny bounces there like it did here. There isn’t much to say about this hidden puck goal except that the Canucks seemed to have had a greater force on their side. Oh yeah, and Sharks fans, man do I feel your pain. No fan should have to endure such an awful gut punch.

Patrick Marleau in First Fight Since 2007 – The Jeremy Roenick Effect?

The Sharks got whooped 7-3 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Wednesday night in Vancouver. When it wasn’t Canucks fans flashing the opposing players in the penalty box, it was Kevin Bieksa and Patrick Marleau throwing down to provide the entertainment. The decision for Marleau to fight was a strange one — it was his first since 2007, and it was against a more physical opponent in Bieksa. Marleau predictably got worked in the fight. Here’s the video:

Some Sharks players ripped on Bieksa for picking on a guy like Marleau, but if anyone is in the wrong it’s Marleau. Marleau’s the one who initiated the fight, asking Bieksa if he wanted to drop gloves in the second period. The fight kept Marleau out of the game for the next five minutes, and Vancouver outscored San Jose 4-1 after the fight.

What’s sad about this whole thing is that Marleau may be listening too much to media criticism. Analyst and former Shark Jeremy Roenick ripped him after Game 5 against the Red Wings, saying he was gutless and had no heart. Marleau responded with the winning goal in Game 7 against Detroit, and a goal each of the Canucks games. But he took himself out of Game 2 by getting into a fight when he shouldn’t have, and one has to wonder if this is all a response to Jeremy Roenick. If it is, that’s sad, and Marleau should just stick to what he does best — playing hockey. Leave the fighting to everyone else.