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Bieksa scores big goal, throws punches in fight as Canucks defeat Sharks

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.

Sedin leads the playoffs with five power-play goals. His eight goals is tied for the playoff lead with Sean Bergenheim of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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.