SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT (publ. 5/5/2013, page A2)
A story and column about the San Jose Sharks incorrectly stated the number of times the team has opened a playoffs series with two road wins. This is the second time.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It wasn't Logan Couture's fault that he was hogging most of the attention. But he was the fashionable storyline as this playoff series against the Canucks began. The general theme was that the Sharks' 24-year-old centerman has become the team's new unofficial leader, taking the flag from veteran captain Joe Thornton and assistant captain Patrick Marleau.

Uh, not so fast.

Raffi Torres #13 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Vancouver Canucks for a 3-2 victory in overtime in Game
Raffi Torres #13 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Vancouver Canucks for a 3-2 victory in overtime in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, May 03, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Sharks continued their hard-hitting playoff journey here Friday night with a stunner 3-2 overtime victory over Vancouver to take a 2-0 lead in the series. And while the winning goal was scored on the fly by trade-acquisition favorite Raffi Torres, the game never would have reached overtime without the extra efforts of Thornton and Marleau.

The old guard still matters with this team. Right?

"Are you calling me old?" Marleau joked afterward when the question was posed to him.

No, just calling him very necessary and crucial to the cause. Same with Thornton. Same with the other veteran Sharks.

"It has to be done by committee," coach Todd McLellan said. "I think we realize that for us to have success those long-term Sharks have to step up."

For the record, they did. And for just the second time, the Sharks have started a playoff series by winning two games on the road.

"There's still a lot of work ahead," said Marleau.

Not as much work as there could have been, thanks to him and Thornton. We should note that the notion of old guard giving way to new guard on the Sharks wasn't made up entirely out of thin air. A few weeks ago, McLellan had opined that Couture was "driving our bus." And this week, Thornton himself said of Couture that the Sharks are now "his team."

Yet when the big moments needed to happen Friday, the bus pulled onto the Rogers Arena ice with Thornton still in the driver's seat and Marleau close by the steering wheel.

About seven minutes into the first period, Thornton gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead on nearly a one-man show. He lined up in the faceoff circle in the offensive zone, was tossed out of the draw for mischievous cheating but fought and gained the puck near the sideboards when Vancouver's Ryan Kesler sent it there after winning the draw against Brent Burns.

Thornton charged toward the net and took a shot that was stopped by Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo -- but the puck slipped out and skittered onto other sticks until it landed just to the right side of Luongo. Thornton hurled his 6-foot-5 body through a clump of players and whacked the puck into the net. If ever there were a play where a man deserved to receive statistical credit for a goal and two assists, that was it.

The 1-0 advantage held up until the third period, which the Canucks largely dominated en route to taking a 2-1 lead on goals by Kesler. This left the Sharks in scramble mode during the period's final minute when they pulled the goalie and sent all hands to the net.

The hands of Marleau were the hands that succeeded. The Sharks had not scored a 6-on-5 goal in the final minute of a game all season. They picked a good time to finally do it.

Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle took a hard shot from a bad angle that was blocked, ending up on Marleau's stick, who took a hard shot himself and followed up when he saw the puck rattled between Luongo's leg pads until it stopped just behind him in the crease. Marleau got his stick behind Luongo and flipped the puck into the net for the tie score with 56 seconds remaining.

The crowd, anticipating a Vancouver victory until that point, audibly sagged. And the Canucks, who outplayed the Sharks for good chunks of the second and third periods, were left to regroup. They did their best. But Torres scored the winner with 5:31 elapsed in the overtime. Couture played a significant role by blocking a searing Canucks shot in the extra period.

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) looks on as San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates his goal with his teammates during the third
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) looks on as San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates his goal with his teammates during the third period of game two of an NHL Western Conference quarter-final playoff hockey series at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday, May 3, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

Bottom line, old guard or new guard: The Sharks will return to HP Pavilion for Game 3 with two victories in the bank and the next two opening faceoffs in a building where they won 70 percent of their games this season. You've got to like their chances of making this series shorter than anyone expected.

Contact Mark Purdy at mpurdy@mercurynews.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/MercPurdy.