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Pavelski, Couture each score 2 to KO Schneider and give Sharks 5-2 win for 3-0 series lead

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    San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) scores past Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (35) during the first period of Game 3 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    The San Jose Sharks celebrate a goal from Joe Pavelski during the first period of Game 3 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, right, of Finland, stops as shot next to Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin, of Sweden, during the second period of Game 3 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of Game 3 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, right, collides with Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider during the second period of Game 3 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to spoil Cory Schneider's return to the nets for Vancouver and the San Jose 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 9 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 to end Schneider's night and 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.

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