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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 3, 2010 1:07 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!! Did you forget about game 6 at the many goals did Howard give up in the first period??
Quit your whining hockeytown, get over it!

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 12:59 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Fans complaining about the refs...   Where have I heard that before?  That's right!  As a Raider fan, I'm used to hearing that excuse.  Save it for someone who cares.  The Sharks and Wings are playing a tough series.  The Sharks are fortunate to be on top.  At least the team is taking the high road, even if its fans aren't.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 12:58 pm

Sharks answering character questions

BWWWWWAAAAAAAAAA!!!  Another friggin' Red Wing Whiner.....

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 12:55 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.

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2010 12:40 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Boy, the Sharks are certainly getting a lot of questionable calls.  I can't believe they tagged that Detroit player for thrusting his stick between the Shark's players legs.  Aren't rectal exams legal?  From reading these boards, it appears Detroit has more whine than the entire Napa county.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2010 12:20 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Canadians are losing interest in hockey

Again and again I am tired of the officials deciding the fate of playoff games.
The Canadian teams bring in about 60% of the league revenue and when
hockey games are decided like this hockey will lose the real hockey fans.
A real hockey game could of broke out  between the sharks and wings if
the officials didn't believe they where above the game. What a farce. Probably
the last game I'll watch. Fishing season opens.

Kind of sad to read this. I do not know about the whole revenue part of things but the fact that hockey is changing so drastically from what it once was is a true bummer. We need some consistency on the refs part. I am a die hard hockey fan and grew up in a diehard hockey loving family. 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. But it is a different game or last last night was different one then the one I love. 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.

A real hockey game could of broke out  between the sharks and wings if
the officials didn't believe they where above the game. What a farce. Probably
the last game I'll watch. Fishing season opens.
Sad to think they lost one old time hockey fan, watching hockey for hockey (not because his team was play, NJ according to his profile). Enjoy your fishing man. I hope they let these two teams play at one point this series. 

Game 3 will be called differently, the biggest indicator is going to be game 4. All I would like is consistency. Let me know as a viewer what I am supposed to be looking for in your NEW NHL. 

A sad hockey fan and a proud Wings fan


Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:51 am

Sharks answering character questions

LOL at 60%.  You sir are a tool with no data to back you up.  You are saying that the 6 teams up north bring in more money than the other 24 teams combined.  WOW at you.  Do you not understand revenue vs operating income?

Canadian teams revenue $675M
rest of the league $2224M

Canadian teams operating income $136.1M
rest of the league operating income $46.2M

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:36 am

Sharks answering character questions

I don't see how a majority of the calls on the Red Wings are even disputable. 

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:32 am

Sharks answering character questions

The way this game was called is prime example A of why the NHL cannot attract anyone but the most ardent hockey fan. If a casual fan turned on this game and the NHL expected this type of playoff tilt to attract and retain the casual fan, then they are sorely mistaken. Shame on the NHL.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:25 am

Sharks answering character questions

of course calipete, these Wings fans will claim that they never get calls at home against the Sharks for the last 10 bloody years...message to you Wings fans, we scored 3 goals in about minute 19 in the first game...that must have been a conspiracy by the officials...what a joke Hockey Town is becoming...

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