SAN JOSE Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to spoil Cory Schneider's return to the net for Vancouver, and the Sharks won their third straight game to open the playoffs, beating the Canucks 5-2 on Sunday night.
Pavelski scored the first two goals, and Couture and Patrick Marleau added scores nine seconds apart to break the game open early in the third period and give the Sharks a 3-0 series lead.
Couture added a second power-play goal early in the third, ending Schneider's night, to give him a playoff-best four points for the game. Antti Niemi made 28 saves.
San Jose will attempt to complete the first series sweep in franchise history at home on Tuesday night.
Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis scored for the Canucks, who have lost nine of their past 10 playoff games since taking a 3-2 series lead over Boston in the Stanley Cup Finals two years ago. Vancouver dropped the last two games of that series, was eliminated in five games in the first round a year ago by Los Angeles and has now fallen into a deep hole against the Sharks.
Even a change at goaltender couldn't change the Canucks' playoff fortunes. Schneider, the starter for most of the regular season, replaced former starter Roberto Luongo after missing the first two games with an undisclosed injury.
Schneider didn't even finish the night as he was replaced by Luongo after allowing three goals in the first 4:07 of the third period to end Vancouver's hopes of a comeback.
Penguins 5, Islanders 4 (OT) in Uniondale, N.Y. Chris Kunitz scored his second power-play goal of the game 8:34 into overtime, off a pass from Sidney Crosby, and Pittsburgh shook off an early deficit and a late blown lead to beat New York in Game 3 of the first-round series.
The Eastern Conference's top-seeded team rode severe ups and downs in taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.
Pittsburgh trailed 2-0 just 5:41 in but rallied to lead 3-2 before the first period was over.
The comeback started with power-play goals just 19 seconds apart by Jarome Iginla and Kunitz.
Senators 6, Canadiens 1 in Ottawa Jean-Gabriel Pageau got his first NHL hat trick to lead Ottawa in a fight-filled victory over Montreal.
The teams combined for 232 penalty minutes, and nine players were given a game misconduct.
The Senators have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, and Game 4 is Tuesday night in Ottawa.
Wild 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT) in St. Paul, Minn. Jason Zucker scored at 2:15 of overtime to give Minnesota a victory over Chicago, pulling the Wild within 2-1 in the Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Zach Parise scored for the Wild early in the third period, but Duncan Keith got one back for the Blackhawks with 2:46 left in regulation to force the second overtime in three games of this best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Tuesday night in St. Paul.
Red Wings Justin Abdelkader was suspended for two games for Saturday's hit on Anaheim's Toni Lydman.