The Sharks came into Vancouver having lost their previous game in San Jose, and they were facing one of the NHL's best teams as well as the noise crated by the raucous Canucks faithful. Another loss would end the season for goalie Antti Niemi and his teammates.
A Sharks victory would bring the series back to San Jose, where fans were hoping the team would eventually win the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl - which is the Western Conference Championship trophy - and a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.
- Fans had reason to hope through the first two periods of game 5, as the Sharks took a 2-1 lead on goals by Devin Setoguchi and Patrick Marleau. As the clock ticked down on the third period, it looked like the series would be coming back to San Jose.
- With 1:14 left in the third, the Canucks pulled their goaltender to put a sixth offensive player on the ice. That led to...
- Sharks fans were in disbelief.
But fans didn't give up hope that the Sharks would win the game in overtime.
- The first overtime period ended with the teams still in a tie.