VANCOUVER - Daniel Sedin scored twice on the power play, while defence Kevin Bieksa had a goal and showed his toughness in a fight as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the San Jose Sharks 7-3 Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the NHL Western Conference final.
Bieksa broke open a tight game in the second period when he took a pass from Chris Higgins, skated in alone, and beat Sharks' goaltender Antti Niemi with a hard, low shot to give Vancouver a 3-2 lead.
A few minutes later the junk-yard dog tough defenceman dropped his gloves and exchanged punches with San Jose's Patrick Marleau. Bieksa landed several hard, right-handed shots before the linesmen stepped in.
Higgins, on the power play, Mason Raymond and Aaron Rome also scored for the Canucks, who exploded for four third-period goals.
Bieksa also collected an assist.
Logan Couture, Ben Eager and Marleau scored for the Sharks.
The best-of-seven series moves to San Jose for games Friday and Sunday. Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday at Rogers Arena.