Tag:2011-Red Wings-Sharks
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:22 am
Edited on: May 9, 2011 3:35 pm

Roenick: Sharks' Marleau 'gutless' in Game 5

At the very least, the San Jose Sharks’ Game 5 loss allowed Jeremy Roenick to take another run at Patrick Marleau

Roenick, the former NHLer turned Versus analyst, called Marleau’s performance in the Detroit Red Wings’ comeback victory on Sunday night “gutless,” but the rips kept coming. 

“All in all 19 players of San Jose Sharks came and grinded it out and played very good game,” Roenick added. 

Here's a look at the video: 

Roenick then took to Twitter to defend his remarks, with explanation marks galore.

“Everyone can be mad at me for my comments. That's fine!!” Roenick wrote. “My opinions are mine and I’ve always voiced them! Classless? I’ve had worse said of me!! 

“Marleau has his fans and that's great! I am not one of them and won't pretend to be! I love the Sharks with a passion and think the fans deserve a better effort than Marleau has given in this series!!!”

It was a harsher assessment than when the Sharks took on the Wings, also in the second round, a year ago. 

“When is Patrick Marleau gonna come out and hit somebody in a playoff game?” Roenick said on a Candian radio station. 

Bitter much, JR? He played his final two seasons of his career with San Jose, the last on the Sharks’ Presidents’ Trophy-winning team of 2008-09. That run was cut off in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks in a series where Marleau was chided for doing the “double flamingo” as jumped out of the way from a slap shot. 

Marleau’s captain’s “C” was yanked that offseason, but he remains one of the classiest players in the NHL and never outwardly sulked as Joe Thornton took over the captaincy. Marleau also didn’t stand out in Game 5, which I guess maybe you could note. He didn’t have any points, but he also finished even, although he did have two giveaways -- one less than Thornton. Sharks defensemen Ian White and Niclas Wallin, by the way, were both minus-3. 

"Jeremy Roenick only cares about furthering his broadcasting career," Sharks' broadcaster Randy Hahn said on Twitter . "His Marleau take was WAY over the line. Many bridges were burned."

Roenick, however, wasn’t the only former NHL player/broadcaster to rip the Sharks, but give Aaron Ward credit for not going the personal route. 

“Another case of 'Sanjoseitis'?” Ward, also a Versus analyst, wrote on Twitter . “New strand similar to ones seen in years past. Symptoms include choking and restlessness.”

-- A.J. Perez
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:36 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2011 3:19 am

Lidstrom extends career at least one more game

Niclkas Lidstrom did plenty to extend the series -- and maybe his career --- one more game. 

The Detroit Red Wings captain scored twice as the his team held on for a 4-3 victory in Game 4 of the second-round series on Friday night. The victory prevented a San Jose Sharks sweep as the series moves back to Silicon Valley for Game 5 on Sunday. 

It also gave Detroit coach Mike Babcock  a chance to chide some reporters after talk of  the Lidstrom retirement has been the talk of the Motor City this week. 

“I thought it’s really good (with) you guys talking about retirement yesterday,” Babcock deadpanned. “I think he answered that bell pretty good.”

Lidstrom, 41, will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and he hasn’t indicated what he’ll do this offseason. His oldest son, 16-year-old Kevin, has been accepted to hockey school in Sweden, fueling speculation Lidstrom may head back to his native country. 

But performances like Friday showed once again the defenseman still has plenty left. He scored Detroit’s second and third goals of the game as the Red Wings built a 3-0 lead, one that the Sharks eventually overcame before Darren Helm scored the game-winner with 1:27 left in regulation. 

Lidstrom has had four goals and an assist in the playoffs --- all coming in the four games against the Sharks. That’s more goals than any other Wings player in the entire playoffs, including Pavel Datsyuk (three goals), Johan Franzen (two) and Jiri Hudler (one). 

-- A.J. Perez
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 3:41 pm

Can Sharks sweep the Red Wings this time?

The Detroit Red Wings have been swept twice during this current 20-season run of playoff appearances. 

The San Jose Sharks were all set to make it third last season by winning the first three games in the second round. They get a redo tonight as they look to play the minimum in this series at Joe Louis Arena tonight. 

The result last May wasn’t pretty: the Red Wings won, 7-1. 

“We have to be prepared,” Sharks forward Dany Heatley said. “Last year in Game 4, they came out and really took it to us. The result wasn’t very good for us. We have to understand whatever push they gave (Wednesday), they are going to come out even harder.”

The Sharks have never swept a team out of the playoffs, although they have only led 3-0 twice in franchise history. Other than last season against the Wings, the Sharks failed to close the deal in second round again the Colorado Avalanche as Joe Sakic scored in OT in 2004. 

Each of the first three games of this series has been decided by one goal and the Wings have totaled just five goals, two coming off the stick of captain Nicklas Lidstrom. (On a side note, the recently launched The Detroit Sports Site details Lidstrom’s top-10 playoff goals.) Players such as Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi  and Valtteri Filppula have yet to net a point in this series. 

So, can the Sharks join the Tampa Bay Lightning and advance to the conference final with minimal effort?

-- A.J. Perez
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