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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: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2010 2:16 am

Sharks answering character questions

I love all the "real hockey fans" in Detroit and now Chicago saying the NHL is somehow fixed and "wants" the Sharks in the finals.  Hockey is the one pro sport that lives on its history and past.  Do you think if the NHL wanted to pick the teams that were going to square off they wouldn’t pick a couple of Orig. 6 teams in the West like Chicago and Detroit?  And how about Montreal and Boston in the East?  Oh yeah, why would teams like the Rangers or Leafs ever be bad?  Why did it take the Rangers 54 years to win the cup?  Let’s be real! The NHL doesn’t "want to see the Sharks make the Cup" like a Hawks fan stated earlier in this post.  The Sharks are simply a better team in this series.  Let’s not forget Detroit was struggling to be in the top 8 in the west before the Olympics.  They got hot after the Olympics, and that hot streak started to fade in the Phoenix series and is just about gone now.  The "Sharks" of last season aren’t the "Sharks" of this season.  New captain, new players.  The logo and name are the same, the players and mindsets are different.  So please, take whatever accomplishments your teams might have from the past and watch the number one seed in the West all season (not just after the Olympic break) go on to the Western Conference finals.  LET’S GO SHARKS!

Since: Apr 29, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2010 7:40 pm

Sharks answering character questions

This series is a joke.  The only reason the Sharks are winning is because they have gotten all of the calls.  They would not have jumped to a 3-0 early lead against Detroit in game 1 if it werent for the bad calls by the refs.  The only reason they scored was because of the power play.  Detroit even made a comeback which shows they are better.  They ended up losing 4-3 and they got screwed by the refs.  In game 2, Detroit had the game in reach once again, but the refs blew it again.  This series should be tied 1-1 or be 2-0 Detroit.  I guess the NHL really wants San Jose in the cup.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2010 4:44 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Yeah, even the Wings admitted they didn't skate the first 10 minutes of game one...they look a bit tired, understandably so; they've gone deep the last two years and fly to the west coast on a regular basis during the season and playoffs. They didn't even get home between the two series this year because of SJ's scheduling snafu.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2010 3:22 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Why do all the Wings fans keep saying "if it was the other way around" when talking about the calls?  I have never seen a Sharks fan blame anyone except The Sharks for any of their post season failures (and we have seen alot of those failures in the past 4 or 5 seasons).  If it were the other way around, Sharks fans would be more upset at the players not performing and any call by a ref would come second.  I have always thought highly of Red Wings fans for their knowledge and respect for hockey.  But after reading many of these posts The Wings fanbase is losing the respect.  The Wings fans are starting to look like the rich family down the block that thinks they are better then every one.  You guys are ALMOST starting to sound like Yankees fans (and living in the North Jersey area, I'm quite use to them).  The Red Wings are one of the classiest sports franchises in pro sports and their fan base is widley respected.  I wouldnt lower your selfs just because the team IS being outskated, and out played AS OF NOW in this series.  This series is far from over, especially heading back to Detroit.  Lets all just hope for a good rest of the series (from both teams and refs).  GO SHARKS!

Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2010 2:19 pm

Sharks answering character questions

stfu sharkie if it was the other way around and sharks were geting all the calls you'd be bitching to.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2010 1:16 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Stop the whining PLEASE!... when your outskated you commit penalties.  Detroit has done this to opponents for years.  It is hilarious that Detroit fans think this team cannot be beat... very funny.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2010 1:13 pm

Sharks answering character questions

Your the idiot... I was at that game and Detroit was clearly out skated in the 3rd Period.  If you know Hockey... you commit penalties when you are not moving your feet.  There were a few bad calls to the Sharks ast well (ie... goalie interference to Heatley when he was checked into Howard).  I still think this series is still up for grabs, but I'm tired of hearing the whining about the penalties.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2010 10:07 am

Sharks answering character questions

I think part of the problem with the officiating is; when a bad/marginal/iffy call is made, and after that the team commits a real penalty, it has to be called. That puts a team down two guys which is such a huge deal in the playoffs. Most of the time it'll change the momentum drastically. It's hard for a fan on either side to not be frustrated when that happens. The officiating has been bad for both teams IMO, it's really the 5 on 3s that'll put fans over the edge.  

Wings fans are usually among the most knowledgable and passionate in hockey and on these boards, I hate to see us getting written off as classless, it's just not true with most of us.

Looking forward to game 3 tonight, it should be a great game.

Go Wings!

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2010 5:35 am

Sharks answering character questions

Great article Wes. I agree with it 100 percent. But I did find some of the comments here a bit annoying. Isn't it great that we live in a country where people have the freedom to cry and whine all they want without fear of getting beaten up or sent to jail. I always thought Red Wings fans were classy. But I suppose not. I do acknowledge that not all Red Wings fans are jerks and idiots. My cousin is a big Red Wings fans and she does not behave like a drunken sailor nor full of hate and anger. But I suppose it's mainly due to the fact that she actually graduated from college. Hahaha.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2010 2:13 am

Sharks answering character questions

There were some phantom calls and then some obviously no-calls both ways. Look at my history and you will see that I am not one to complain about refs, and I thought they did a fine job in the Coyotes/Red Wings series. But these first two games have been some of the worst officiated games that I can recall.

The bottom line is that the two of the worst calls went against the Red Wings to give San Jose a 2-man advantage early in the third period of each game, and both of those 5 on 3 situations led to crucial San Jose goals.

On the tripping call on Franzen at 18:57 of the 2nd in game 1 you can clearly see Setoguchi get him with a high stick simultaneously with if not a split second before he trips over Franzen’s stick. Worst case it should have been offsetting minors if not a double minor on Setoguchi.

Then the Bertuzzi holding call at 3:01 of the 3rd in game 2 was pure fiction. Should have been a no-call or if do you call Bertuzzi for the tap then call an offsetting minor on San Jose for diving.

Yeah, the second penalty in each case was legit, but the refs had a few opportunities where they could have called legit penalties on SJ when Detroit was on the PP, too, and they let those go by. These games were played so close and even, and maybe Detroit losses both of them anyway, but I think it is a shame they had to be decided by which team got the opportune 5 on 3 advantage as the result of a bogus call.

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