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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
Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 6:54 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

nice



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

You sir are an idiot. and probably quite gay.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 6:39 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

You are the joke...another know nothing so called fan with no clue what hockey is....go back to your bottle of wine already and leave the game to real fans...punk.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 6:37 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

How does a gay person have a kid?  Pull your head outta your ass for a minute and watch the game.



Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 5:51 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

Oops - check that . . . Kronwalls nad violation - not Cleary  Embarassed



Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 5:50 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

Decent points above . . . I would like to add though that IMO the biggest bone of contention is with the 5 on 3's.  No mistaking Cleary's violation, but consider that the Wings wouldn't have been down a man and defending in their own zone as aggressively if it weren't for the second phantom call of the night on Bertuzzi (no angel - but relatively innocent in game 2).  I'm essentially saying that the Cleary penalty wouldn't have happened - and that was the tying goal. 

The sequence that really baffles me is the Franzen/Filppula penalties to set up the 5 on 3 in game 1 - Even though the Wings were down 1 at that point, they had some of their best mo of the series going on in that 2nd period.  What could have been a 4 minute penalty the other way turns into a 5 on 3 for 1:47

Kudos to the Sharks on hard aggressive play . . . Here's hoping the Wings survive the scoring frenzy midway through the first periods here on out and keep themselves out of these situations.




Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

It is very difficult to crosscheck, hook, trip, or slash other players when you are the one skating with the puck. (ie: 43-26 Faceoffs)

Consider that fact, read it to yourself, and let it soak in for a second before you let the world come crashing down because the penalties were 10-4. The Wings play a puck-possession style game, and so do the Sharks. The Sharks beat the Red Wings at their own game in both series and had possession of the puck for a much longer period of time than the Red Wings. The result of the Red Wings sloppy play, COULD be attributed to the fact that maybe they aren't used to not having the advantage on puck possession.


Howard slashing at the opening period.
Stuart pushing Nichol through the net.
Kronwall hooking Pavelski through the nads.
Cleary breaking Blake's stick.
Filpulla pushing Boyle's skate from out under him.
Team mistake having too many men on the ice.

I don't even care about the non-calls to either team, or the "bogus calls" to either team because those always balance out in the end because the refs consistently suck. But that's still six careless (legitimate) penalties that the Red Wings committed that the Sharks did not. So all of a sudden the penalties would be 4-4 if the Wings didn't make those mistakes. The ice doesn't look so slanted now does it? And that's how the cookie crumbles.

Dropping knowledge.



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

Sharks were on the power play for 20 minutes moron.



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 5:21 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

Panalties were 10-4 idiot argue it. You cant so shut your head



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2010 5:09 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

Hockey is just like every other sport, eventually things have to change.  Sports are never going to please anyone with the evolutions they take but alas they are necessary.  If hockey was like "the good old days", then things would still be clutch and grab...let's be honest, nobody wants that again.  Things are now fast paced with the unfortunate monkey of increased serious injury.  Refs are now called into action to make decisions to better the quality of play, and yes, perhaps to an extent that is too much.  If you break down the last two games in San Jose, yes, bad calls were made...but again, to both sides.  Adaptation is very important and the Sharks did adapt a bit better, let's be honest, anyone who plays/played hockey understands that if you play the refs appropriately then calls will go your way a little easier.  Can we honestly say that the refs had a favourite?  Or that they wanted to screw the Wings?  I was most impressed to see that the refs didn't try to bumble up the integrity of the game by giving the Sharks penalties 'just because'.  Basketball and Football would have been more likely to make the "even up" call...I guess hockey isn't so bad now after all?



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