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Sharks answering character questions

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:40 pm
Two wins to start do not a series victory make, but where the San Jose Sharks are concerned, it means that it’s at least time to sit up and take notice.

Especially since the wins have come against the Detroit Red Wings. Hey, Joe Thornton even scored a goal and his erstwhile linemates Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau made critical contributions too. And if that doesn’t tell you there’s something different going on here, well then maybe nothing will.

With San Jose’s much-maligned big center finding the back for the first time in these playoffs, and deep into third period no less, the Sharks were able to complete a comeback and win 4-3 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals as the series shifts back to Detroit. 
That’s five wins in a row in this post-season for the Sharks who are actually starting to look like the team everyone thinks it should be.

Truth is that given their previous playoff washouts, no team in the NHL came into this postseason with more expectations of failure than San Jose. And the Sharks didn’t ease any of those doubts by dropping two of the first three in the opening round to heavy underdog Colorado.

The second loss to the Avalanche in particular brought out the cynics because it came in overtime and on a shot that defenseman Dan Boyle put in his own net after the Sharks had badly outplayed the Avalanche. But instead of having a debilitating effect on San Jose, the Sharks found a way to put it behind them quickly and they haven’t looked back since.

“We’re resilient,” Boyle said. “A lot of believe don’t see us that way, but here in the room we do.”

And the Sharks are proving it so far against Detroit, in no small part because Joe Pavelski  is making like Rocket Richard with the way he’s scoring goals. But San Jose is winning puck battles, getting some solid work in goal from Evgeni Nabokov, who has his own set of doubters, and taking advantage of the opportunities, most notably the inordinate number of penalties Detroit has drawn, especially the 5-on-3s.

And they are answering a lot of questions about themselves in the process, just not getting too far ahead of themselves.

“We’re going to have to be on our toes there, because the matchups were in our favor here and they won’t be over there,” Boyle said.

“The worst thing we can do is exhale because they’re such a dominant team.”

The kind the Sharks are starting to be.
Category: NHL

Since: May 3, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:07 am

Sharks answering character questions

Actually, the notion that the first 2 games was "handed" to the Sharks is an idiot. The complaining on the part of Red Wings fans, which seems new, only started because the Wings have lost a couple of close ones, and instead of grousing how the Wings got edged out by details, such as face-offs, they ride the refs instead. Wings fans had no problem with the refs as long as they're winning.  Welcome to the Sharks' world, ya whiners. The Wings and their fans have no justification to whine until the Sharks have won 3 or 4 Cups.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:55 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Um . . . Wazz?  Nabakov played the entire season . . . Stevie Wonder may not remember that Osgood started the season for the Wings.  Howard has played only 62 games so the "win" stat is the least relevant.  I do have to agree with your next paragraph though . . . he is 2-0 heads up right now against Howard - that is the biggie! 

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:10 pm

Sharks answering character questions

LOL.  Gutless because one guy fell down and the refs made a bad call.  It has happened on both sides of the ice.  Even my buddy a Red Wing fan says they have taken stupid penalties in the first two games.  Stop blamimg the refs and the Sharks and start looking at your own team.  They got away with alot of cheap shots last night in the last five minutes including a WWE forearm by Staurt. a cross-check on Heatley(which Heatley got 2 for goalie interference), and Pavel slashing Big Joe and wasnt called for it.  It goes both ways but Red Wing fans have gotten so spoiled about getting away with things for years because of who they are.  Get over it!!  Take it like a man.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 10:57 pm

Sharks answering character questions

"The same goalie that had better stats then your boy Nabi across the board this year?"

Firstly, it’s Nabby.  Secondly, let’s look at those "stats" you are talking about.

Wins: Nabokov 44, Howard 37 (well, there goes "across the board" huh)
Goals Against: Nabokov 170, Howard 141
Goals Against Average: Nabokov 2.43, Howard 2.26
The last two stats look bad if you’re trying to build a defense case for Nabokov.  The next two will help though.
Saves: Nabokov 1,998, Howard 1,708
Save Percentage: Nabokov .922, Howard .924
Nabokov faced over 300 more shots this season and for it has a worse save% by .002
Both players have 3 Shutouts

The ONLY "stat" that matters in a team sport (WINS) NABBY did better.  Even Stevie Wonder would know that (if the stat sheets were in Braille).

And as far as failing this time of the year, he is 2-0 heads up against Howard right now, at THIS time of the year.  I know Wings fans have a lot more history to remember then us Sharks fans, but why don’t we concentrate on the present.  The present has the Sharks ahead of the Wings 2-0 and those chokers with their goalie who was 'COUGH' "across the board" worse than the Wings goalie isn’t worried about last year or the year before or the Olympics.

BTW...1994 - Jamie Baker.  LET’S GO SHARKS!

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 10:00 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Thankyou Calipete for pointing out the obvious.  Redwings fans wont cry on those BS calls/no calls against the Sharks, just the other way.  Even if the refs do not call any penalties, and the Wings lose, they will still find a way to cry.  Calls are questionable both ways at times, to bad the refs do not have super slow motion to over analyze everything like fans do.  I thought there were more questionable calls on last Thursday game, Sundays was more of the Wings were getting frustrated with Pavelski and started making stupid errors.  Gotta be they refs fault the Wings were frustrated though.

Since: May 3, 2010
Posted on: May 3, 2010 9:44 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Wow, Red Wings fans are really crying now -- can't handle some tight losses? Welcome to the Sharks world. Did you all move from Pittsburgh? How spoiled we've become. Wings fans like me of the past didn't cry because they know they've been blessed by the Divine at home for 15 years where the rules only apply to the visiting team. After carefully re-watching all 10 penalties called against the Wings, only 2 were marginal, and both were against Bertuzzi. How about those three bad calls that went against the Sharks? Marleau called for boarding on a slight bump, while Brad Stuart assaulted Joe Pavelski in the crease that wasn't called. And Dany Heatley called for goaltender interference in the 3rd when he was so incredibly beyond obviously pushed by Stuart? Bad calls there. When the Sharks win a couple of Stanley Cups, then maybe you can start your whining.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2010 8:46 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Only 3 of those calls were legit calls.  The Kronwall hooking, the Filpulla tripping and the two many men on the ice penalty.  Yes the goalie interference on Heatley was crap, but so was the goalie interference on Bertuzzi.  I would also say the boarding call against San Jose at the end of the 1st was horrible. 
As to the Sharks "Out playing" the Wings, as some others have said, 2 one goal wins, when they have had by FAR more power play time is not outplaying.  Pavelski is playing out of this world, but the difference in game 1 was about 1 min 30 seconds in the 1st period and in game 2 it WAS officiating (Red Wings, one of the least penalized in the regular season) and a broken Lidstrom stick.  But hey thems the breaks!

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 8:24 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Panalties were 10-4 idiot argue it. You cant so shut your headWings fans really need to stop citing that stat.  Penalties assessed has nothing to do with and never has had anything to do with the quality of officiating.  Maybe the Wings committed 10 penalties and the Sharks only committed four?  I know it's hard to comprehend, but give it a shot.  If you have gripes about specific calls feel free to air them.  Otherwise, do a little more research than just reading the box score.  I think if you actually pay attention you'll find that the debatable calls have gone both ways.  The WIngs got more penalties because they've been playing sloppy hockey.   

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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2010 7:37 pm
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Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 7:36 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Really Wes.  Sharks are "starting to become a dominant team."  How about winning a frickin' SC and then let's talk.  They've been the most underachieving team in the playoffs for the last decade.  Win something then we'll talk.  Nice bit of fluff goldbergsteinbaum.

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