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Game 1 Blog

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
POST-GAME

Just back from post-game in dressing room.

Coach McLellan noted that the Sharks "didn't create many second opportunities, due to (Anaheim) doing a good job around their net and us doing a poor job, and, their goaltender swallowed a lot of pucks."

He went on to explain, "we've got to get a stick on the puck and get more traffic in front of their goaltender at the net."

Dan Boyle talked about getting possession of "the right ice", by which he means getting to the places on the ice from which you score goals. The Sharks got plenty of shots, but didn't get that "right" ice often, and when they did, they just couldn't convert, as on the Goc play.

McLellan summed up the game this way: "I don't feel distraught. I thought we played a pretty good game and did a lot of things well. We have to get in the goalie's face more, but this series isn't over by any means. It's one loss. We move on."

END OF GAME
Jonas Hiller notches a shutout in his first-ever playoff game. Hiller stops all 35 shots he faces, including 12 on power plays, and is deservedly the first star of the game.

Game two is Sunday night.

2:25
At the end of their sixth failed power play, the Sharks lost the zone, and Getzlaf tracked down the puck with a skate stop, skated down the slot and beat Vlasic, then Nabokov 5-hole. 2-0 Anaheim.

To drive home the futility, Cheechoo takes a tripping penalty with 2:04 left in the game.

4:34
Getzlaf takes an elbowing penalty at 15:26. He drilled Vlasic in the side of the head and got caught. It's do or die now.


6:00
The hits are still occurring, but for now, the Sharks don't need to show physical dominance, they need to score. They are six minutes from losing home-ice advantage in this round of the playoffs.


7:36
A breather for the teams, as the "glass" behind the Sharks' net broke and is being replaced.


8:00
Simply not enough traffic in front of Hiller. The Sharks have put 30 shots on goal, and he's seen every one of them off the stick.

San Jose now 0-for-5 on the power play.

10:00
Well, not all the slashes went un-noticed. Corey Perry is whistled for slashing at 9:23 of the third. This is when the Sharks had better get even.


12:00
"Let 'em play" seems to be the motto of the officials tonight. Sticks get knocked out of players hands, guys get dumped in the crease, and no whistles. Undoubtedly, this is the way the players would want it, even though the only score of the game has come after a whistle.

Ehrhoff's blast from the top of the left circle goes off the crossbar.


14:42
Rob Niedermayer's slap shot from the left circle beats Nabokov low on the glove side after a nice cross-ice pass from Ryan Getzlaf, and the Ducks have taken the lead. They have also taken a lot of the air out of the building -- a boisterous crowd is suddenly anxious and pleading.12:00


15:40
Cheechoo takes a tripping penalty along the boards, which looked more like frustration than anything else, but he took Selanne down right in front of the Ducks' bench.


16:00
The Sharks are keeping plenty of pressure on Hiller, but he hasn't had to make any really difficult saves yet.

Ryan just misses on a vicious blast from the slot.


Afte two periods, the teams are clearly playing physical hockey. They have combined to deliver 49 hits, 25 by San Jose. The Sharks are bringing the game to Anaheim, with 22 shots, plus 11 more that were blocked, to 11, plus six blocked, for the Ducks.

Captain Patrick Marleau leads all Sharks forwards with 14:40 of ice time, while Setoguchi and Blake each have four shots.

For Anaheim, Francois Beauchemin, who missed the entire season, leads all players with 15:38 of ice time, while Ryan Getzlaff leads Ducks forwards with 13:44. Bobby Ryan's three shots lead Anaheim.


END of SECOND PERIOD
At 16:52, Ryane Clowe takes a tough penalty, elbowing Pronger behind the play. With the pressure the Ducks have mounted in the past moments, it could be a momentum swing.

The Sharks get a huge break when Selanne fans on an open net from the left edge of the crease on the power play.

San Jose skates off the penalty, getting off a couple of short-handed shots of their own.

Rob Niedermayer takes his third penalty of the night, a hooking call when he is beaten into the zone by Clowe. The infraction occurs at 19:13 and will lap the intermission.

With six seconds on the clock, there's a stoppage when Hiller gloves a shot, and Pronger has Boyle in a headlock in the crease that two officials have to break up.

Scoreless after two periods.

Sharks 14 shots in the second, the Ducks 7, giving San Jose a 22-11 edge after two.

4:00
As the Ducks skated off the penalty to Brookbank, the officials had to step between players at each stoppage of play. The game isn't chippy, but it's clear that there's hostility just below the surface.

The Ducks put on their best pressure of the game, a 75-second span where they register three of the five shots they've had in the entire period. Nabby makes a couple of nice saves, smothering a wrister by Andrew Ebbett to break the Ducks' momentum with a face-off.

Ebbett and Moen trade elbows in front of the bench; Ehrhoff and Christensen trade words after Murray delivers a solid hit to SElanne.

8:00
Sharks mis-fire on a golden opportunity, with Goc poking at a loose puck next to Hiller. Goc had his feet taken out from under him in the crease, and kicked the puck away as he fell.

On the next trip down the ice after Anaheim clears, Pronger and Clowe trade pleasantries after the whistle. The officials wisely let them blow off a little steam, but keep it from escalating.

The Sharks are now peppering Hiller with shots; they have nine in the first half of the second period, to just two for the Ducks.

At 11:46, Sheldon Brookbank heads to the box after taking a bad interference penalty, taking three strides to flatten Travis Moen from behind. San Jose again with the man-advantage.

12:00
Marleau with a great scoring chance off a pass by Roenick from the right boards. Both goalies look solid, settled and in control tonight.

Ryan with a breakaway, hounded by Michalek, is stoned by Nabby, who comes out of the crease to cut down the angle and smother the shot.

At 12:38, after the Sharks get off three shots with an extra skater, Niedermayer heads back into the box for holding Boyle.

16:00
Sharks got off two shots on the PP, the best chance when Setoguchi out-skated the Ducks and got off a backhand from the right circle after a nice pass off the boards by Blake.

18:30
Rob Niedermayer is assessed a minor for high-sticking Douglas Murray. San Jose on its first power play.


SECOND PERIOD

1:30
The first break of the game.

Dan Boyle is penalized for tripping Drew Miller in the neutral zone. Replays appear to show that Miller was an afterthought, as Boyle was tripped first.

The Sharks skate off the first 90 seconds of the penalty without allowing a shot to Anaheim.

At the first intermission, the Sharks have out-shot Anaheim 8 to 4, and have held the upper hand on dictating tempo on offense.


4:00
More than eight minutes passed without a shot on goal.

With Dan Boyle on the ice, there's activity around the Ducks' net. He misses on a wraparound, but Setoguchi has a clear shot from the slot on the rebound. Hiller can see the shot all the way, though, and smothers it.

8:00
Douglas Murray lays a punishing hit on Erik Christensen against the boards.

Tonight's referees, Dave Jackson and Kelly Sutherland, are letting the players play. 12 minutes of penalty-free playoff hockey.

Bobby Ryan, Anaheim's outstanding rookie forward, took an accidental skate in the mouth from Rob Blake. No penalty called; Ryan hurried to the bench

10:00
Bobby Ryan goes down hard in front of his own bench, and Michalek looks like he's got a chance in the slot, but the puck is poked away.

18:00
Most of the previous 90 seconds were played in the Ducks' end, as the Sharks are more aggressive, skating well. Petteri Nokelainen spins Ryane Clowe around, but Clowe keeps his feet a11:00

A lot of energy in the buidling, as the Sharks are keeping the pressure on Anaheim. 19 hits between the two teams. Each side has attempted six shots. The Sharks have blocked four, the Ducks two.t center ice.

19:30 of the 1st period
Sharks win the opening faceoff, but to no result. After the first line change, Chris Pronger gets his customary hearty welcome to San Jose, and the Sharks generate the first chance of the game, taking a pair of close-in shots that Hiller smothers.


Round One
Game One

W minus-16
In the loudest building in hockey, the Sharks head descends to a crescendo beat. The air looks like ground zero of a dandruff festival, as the lint from 17,496 playoff towels is everywhere.

After a video of Jeremy Roenick exhorts the crowd to be the "loudest building" in the playoffs, the noise level reaches a new high as the video board shows the team exiting the dressing room, led by goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Ear-splitting does not do justice. It stops being louder, and starts being more palpable – a wall that can be felt.

Jonas Hiller in goal for the Ducks, 23-15-1 in the regular season, Nabby, with his 41-12-8 record, in the west goal.




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