After a two-day respite, the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings resume their Western Conference Semifinal series Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET (Versus, TSN, RDS). The Sharks took the opener Thursday at HP Pavilion by a 4-3 score.
Joe Pavelski scored twice on the power play for the Sharks in Game 1, his sixth and seven goals of the postseason. The Wings also lost the opening game of their first-round series with the Coyotes before rallying to win in seven.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday