On Friday, May 20, 2011, the Vancouver Canucks rolled out of bed, put their game faces on and began preparing for Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks.

Having won Games 1 & 2 in Vancouver by a combined score of 10-5, the Canucks were feeling good about themselves as they gathered outside the hotel in San Jose waiting for the team bus to take them to morning skate.

That’s when the Sharks made their move. According to a rumour I am making up right now, the Sharks partnered with Google, some kind of world wide web search machine based out of California, to turn the tide. They had the Google Map Vehicle photograph the Canucks in order to steal their souls to give San Jose an advantage for Game 3.

What happened in Game 3? The Sharks won 4-3 and were briefly back in the series.

Coincidence, I think not.

Below is the Google Streetview of the Canucks, just innocently chillin’, before their souls were scooped up.

Thankfully the Canucks were able to get back on track in Game 4 and in Game 5, oh glorious Game 5, confetti rained down from above in Rogers Arena to mark a monumental win. And that’s all I remember from how last season ended.

Funny thing is, the vehicle went past the Canucks twice and the first time, realizing the incredible opportunity at hand, everyone made faces and threw up G-rated hand gestures. Google went with take #2.

Here are some of Jeff Vinnick’s Behind the Lens photos from during the Google soul-stealing photoshoot, paired with what Google captured. Vinnick on the left, Google on the right.

And no, I don’t know where I am in all of this. I require more beauty rest than most, so likely still sleeping. Truth be told, I’m more of an Ask Jeeves man myself.

Big shout out to THE_LAW 10 from the Canucks message boards for discovering this Google Map.