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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: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2010 3:47 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

Whatever!!!! what if the Sharks didn't score on the PP, would you still complain about the refs?  Deadwings fan are sore losers!!!



Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: May 3, 2010 3:40 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

I agree that the reffing has been brutal, but it's been brutal both ways. Case and point, in game two when San Jose had a powerplay with 3 minutes left in the third and Brad Stuart drilled Dany Heatley on top of Jimmy Howard. Somehow, Heatley ended up in the box for goaltender interference and Stuart got away with nothing. Even TSN color commentator Ray Ferraro, whose job is to be OBJECTIVE, said the refs blew that call and Stuart should have been sent to the box.

I have watched both games of this series and the reffing has been brutal. They are calling literally anything that is close to a penalty, BUT they are calling it BOTH WAYS. Detroit HASN'T adapted to the tight officiating and San Jose HAS, that's why their down 2-0, and that's not the refs fault, it's their own.



Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 3:30 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

Listen sharks fans you wont admit it but in the last 2 games the ref's have call a number of questionable calls period! there is no arguing just go back and look.  Red wings are one of the least penalized teams in the regular season and all of a sudden we just became the biggest thugs ever??????  I dont think so!!!!!!!!!!!  o yeah and im sure we got away with some, just like you got away with tons but in the end if you clearly think your team is that much better how come your still only winning by 1 goal each game?!?!  One goal, take the pentalys out and you guys get smoked!  so enjoy.  Im not whinning about the calls and if you notice nither is the team its self, you will beat us more than likely for the first time in a long time so you better not choke next round or other wise you my friends still underachive!Wink  

Hope you make it out of detroit alive, chances is are the ref's wont have your back here!



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 3:03 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

What an unusual place for the Wings and their fans to be, down 2-0 in a playoff series.  I find it hilarious that the refs are the reason for the 2-0 hole.  It seems as if it were not for the refs, the Wings would be up 2-0.  What a joke!  The NHL has been clear on its desire to enfore the rules and call pentalties to the letter of the law...it has been the case since the puck dropped in round 1.

  The reality is that the refs have been consistent with their head scratching calls.  The Wings have just failed to alter their game and MOVE THEIR FEET.  They have been caught and penalties have been handed out.  Both the Sharks and Wings have reason to wonder about some of the calls as do the announcers and fans alike.  The NHL has said it wants to enforce the rules these playoffs and frankly, I am glad to see the refs with their whistles out of their pockets. 

The series should not be 2-0 Wings.  The Wings have been outplayed, outshot, and outskated.  Rather than complaining and moaning, I am sure the players and coaches of the Wings are preparing and making some changes. 

If anything is clear at this point, it is that the refs will be calling penalties.  The Wings need to remove their craniums from their backsides as do many of the Wings fans who have posted on this site. 

I can't wait to see what will happen after the Sharks take one in hockey town.




Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 2:59 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

Typed like a true homer.  The reality is that the refs have been consistent with their head scratching calls.  The Wings have just failed to alter their game and MOVE THEIR FEET.  They have been caught and penalties have been handed out.  Both the Sharks and Wings have reason to wonder about some of the calls as do the announcers and fans alike.  The NHL has said it wants to enforce the rules these playoffs and frankly, I am glad to see the refs with their whistles out of their pockets. 

The series should not be 2-0 Wings.  The Wings have been outplayed, outshot, and outskated.  Rather than complaining and moaning, I am sure the players and coaches of the Wings are preparing and making some changes. 

If anything is clear at this point, it is that the refs will be calling penalties.  The Wings need to remove their craniums from their backsides.




Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 2:31 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

Sorry, that's grammar, I an idiot....and the Red Wings still suck.



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

"You an idiot"...nice grammer.... "You an idiot?" Red Wings SUCK and YOU an idiot!



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 2:04 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

If the tables were tunred there would be just as many sharks fans crying about the refs.
It is ridiculous but there will always be fans that cry about refs.
That is the way it goes.



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2010 1:32 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

The way I see it, Detroit has had goalie problems all year and still does. That what it boils down to. Your lucky you made it past Phoenix!! Go talk to Stevie Wonder cause you can't see and you need help and now. You mean the same goalie that is up for rookie of the year? The same goalie that had better stats then your boy Nabi across the board this year? Nabi, the same goalie who fails at this time of year every year, Nabi, the guy who fell apart at the olympics. See you all need to stop talkin about the Wings and the fans until you have a better understanding of hockey.You aren't making any sense right now.



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2010 1:25 pm
 

Sharks answering character questions

Maybe instead of whining about calls, Detroit should stop playing sloppy so that they're forced to foul. Keep whining and you'll be losing the series pretty soon.my point exactly. Foul, really a foul? I told you this was turning into basketball. A foul? LMAO. Below are two quotes from an earlier post of mine. This is the proof in the puddin.

Last night was a disaster for the NHL. I know a lot of newer hockey fans (fans within the last 10 years) don't understand and thats understandable. Hockey is supposed to be an aggresive, fast paced, sweat, blood, and tears kind of game. They are taking those things out of it and adding in the "free throws". Please don't turn this great sport into basketball for the money. I am glad you are watching hockey bud, it is great for the sport. It just isn't what it used to be. So please enjoy the sport. But don't talk to me about the way it is played or officiated. You haven't watched it long enough to start name calling, criticizing other fan bases, and telling the best organization how to play. Enjoy the game and keep your mouth shut unless you have a question or something objective to say.  

LETS GO RED WINGS



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