Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 victory over Vancouver, putting the Canucks down 3-0 in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to spoil Cory Schneider’s return to the nets for Vancouver and the San Jose Sharks won their third straight game to open the playoffs, beating the Canucks 5-2 Sunday night.

Couture and Patrick Marleau — a former Western Hockey League Seattle Thunderbird — scored nine seconds apart to break the game open early in the third period and help give the Sharks a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series.

San Jose hosts Game 4 on Tuesday.

Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis scored for the Canucks, who have lost nine of their past 10 playoff games.

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Schneider, who missed the first two games of the series with an undisclosed injury, allowed soft goals and was replaced by Roberto Luongo at 4:07 of the third period with the score 5-1.

“I just let them (teammates) down in a big way,” Schneider said. “It’s a real disappointing feeling.”

Other games

Penguins 5, at Islanders 4 (OT)

Chris Kunitz scored his second power-play goal of the game 8:44 into overtime and Pittsburgh beat New York to take a 2-1 lead in their East first-round series.

At Wild 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Minnesota rookie Jason Zucker scored from a tough angle at 2:15 of OT to give the Wild a victory that reduced top-seeded Chicago’s lead in the West first-round series to 2-1.

At Senators 6, Canadiens 1

Jean-Gabriel Pageau got his first NHL hat trick to lead Ottawa in a fight-filled victory over Montreal. The teams combined for 236 penalty minutes. The Senators have a 2-1 lead in the East first-round series.


• Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader has been suspended for two games for a hit on Anaheim’s Toni Lydman in Saturday’s game.

Anaheim leads the West series 2-1.

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