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NHL Betting: Canucks look to bounce Sharks

The Vancouver Canucks are one win away from advancing to their first Stanley Cup final in 17 years as they face the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference final on Tuesday.

The Canucks took a 3-1 series lead Sunday by beating the Sharks 4-2 in Game 4. After a scoreless first period Vancouver struck in the second and took advantage of a few San Jose penalties by netting three power play goals in less than two minutes.

Ryan Kesler got the goal parade started and Sami Salo found the back of the net twice. Henrik Sedin assisted on all three of those goals and he also picked up an assist on Alex Burrows' goal in the third period for a four-point night. Daniel Sedin also had a big game with three assists.

Aside from penalties killing them in Game 4 the worst thing for the Sharks was the fact that they actually outshot the Canucks 35-13 in the loss. Roberto Luongo made 33 saves for Vancouver, while his counterpart Antti Niemi allowed four goals on only 13 shots.

Ryane Clowe and Andrew Desjardins scored for the Sharks in the Game 4 loss, while Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Dany Heatley were all held pointless. Dan Boyle led the Sharks with nine shots on goal, but he could not beat Luongo. Thornton left Game 4 midway through the third period with an undisclosed injury but is expected to play Tuesday night.

With Game 5 being played in Vancouver the Canucks are obviously favored at -170 at 5Dimes. Vancouver took the first two games of the series at home while outscoring the Sharks 10-5. With a nearly insurmountable 3-1 series lead the Canucks are also huge series favorites at 5Dimes at -1375. Anyone who thinks the Sharks can somehow reel off three straight wins and pull off the upset can get them at +900.

In the Eastern Conference final the Boston Bruins are one win away from the Cup Final heading into Game 6 on Wednesday night. The Bruins took a 3-2 series lead Monday night as a -155 home favorite in a 3-1 win behind a stellar night from Tim Thomas. The Boston netminder made 33 saves to bounce back from a rough outing in Game 4. Brad Marchand netted the game-winner for the Bruins, which was his first point of the series.

The Lightning goaltender also made waves in the game after Mike Smith got his first start of the postseason over a benched Dwayne Roloson. Smith allowed two goals on 19 shots in the loss and it will be interesting to see if Tampa Bay puts Roloson back between the pipes in Game 6.