Bay Area Buzz 4/4: Sharks Stun Canucks, Posey Beats LA

May 3, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres (13) scores against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during overtime of game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena. The San Jose Sharks won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Sharks Stun Canucks in OT to Take 2-0 Series Lead

Early in Friday’s contest between Vancouver and San Jose, Sharks shift disturber Raffi Torres was robbed by Roberto Luongo. Blatantly, historically robbed. Torres’ one-timer was steaming into the open side until Luongo flopped across the crease and snared it with his glove. It was larceny of the highest degree.

So it was fitting that it was Torres who broke in with Brent Burns on a decisive two-on-one early in the overtime frame of Game 2. And this time, when Burns’ pass slipped past the outstretched stick of Kevin Bieksa and landed right on Torres’ tape, there would be no miracle for the Canucks’ keeper. As Luongo slid to his right, Torres’ wrister beat him under the crossbar to seal a come-from-behind 3-2 win for the Sharks and snare a stunning 2-0 series lead.

- Allan Muir, SI.com

Dodgers Lose One to Remember on Buster Posey’s Walk-Off Homer

The Giants capped a frustrating night for the Dodgers when Buster Posey hit a solo home run off reliever Ronald Belisario in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 victory at AT&T Park.

The Dodgers went into the frustration business early Friday in San Francisco. Ted Lilly (back) was placed on the disabled list before the game, and they were still unable to start second baseman Mark Ellis (quad) or outfielder Carl Crawford (hamstring). All that before Ramirez strained him hamstring trying to go from first to third on a single to right.

- Steve Dilbeck, LA Times

George Karl Should Step Aside, Save Nuggets Hassle if he Can’t Adapt

Fact: In the opening-round series, the Nuggets played without injured forward Danilo Gallinari, their second-leading scorer. The Warriors got no meaningful contribution from injured forward David Lee, their second-leading scorer.

Golden State coach Mark Jackson found a way to turn a tough situation into a positive. Karl turned the bad luck into an excuse, saying Denver missed Gallo on defense as much as offense.

- Mark Kiszla, Denver Post

Topics: Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks

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