2 Sharks accused of being actors

Published: Tuesday, May. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 7, 2013 - 6:54 pm

SAN JOSE – Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa slammed Sharks forwards Logan Couture and Joe Thornton on Monday, saying they have shown a "lack of integrity" in the teams' first-round playoff series for what he perceives to be their embellishment of injuries to draw penalties.

"Those are two Canadian guys who are supposed to be playing the game with integrity," Bieksa said. "Maybe our team has to do more of that."

The Sharks seek their first playoff sweep tonight when they host Game 4.

The Canucks, who have a reputation as the NHL's worst divers, have taken 21 minor penalties. Bieksa has six penalty minutes.

"Couture has been snapping his head back. This isn't my opinion. The evidence is in the video," said Bieksa, recalling an incident when Henrik Sedin was called for high-sticking Couture. "Hank touches him off the faceoff, he does a full back arch, and his glove goes flying off in the corner."

Couture had a one-word reaction to Bieksa's allegation – "Really?" – before adding, "I'll do my talking on the ice."

Bieksa called Thornton "another so-called Canadian … . He gets slashed, takes his glove off, shakes his hand. The ref takes a couple of seconds to look at that and make a call."

Thornton shrugged it off.

"It's just talk," the Sharks' captain said. "At this point, you really don't even pay attention to things that are said like that. It's all part of the gamesmanship."

Kings 4, Blues 3 in Los Angeles – Anze Kopitar tied it with 12:46 to play, Justin Williams tipped home the go-ahead goal 76 seconds later, and Los Angeles tied the series 2-2.

Red Wings 3, Ducks 2 in Detroit – Damien Brunner swatted in a rebound with 4:50 left in overtime as Detroit evened the series 2-2.

Rangers 4, Capitals 3 in New York – Derek Stepan scored the decisive goal by tipping in a pass from Rick Nash with 6:25 to play as New York cut its series deficit to 2-1.

Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 2 in Toronto – Boston spoiled Toronto's first home playoff game since 2004. The Bruins took a 2-1 series lead as the line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton had two goals and six assists.

Kings-Ducks – Los Angeles will host Anaheim at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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