Good energy and effort tonight from everyone, especially the defense. OUR No. 1 star is Dan Boyle
. Two goals, an assist, four shots and three blocked shots. Not bad for nearly 21 minutes of work. OUR No. 2 star goes to Rob Blake. He got the first goal of the game, had five shots and three blocked shots in 24 minutes. Since this blog is on sjsharks.com, let's give No. 3 to Patrick Marleau
, who got the game winner. Sharks fans had a search party out looking for Patty and the power play, which was also found tonight as it went 2-for-7. Y'all can call off the search. Selanne was right -- Anaheim couldn't start a conga line to the penalty box tonight. That's what they did and it bit them hard. Yeah, they're trying to rid themselves of their bad boy reputation, but hopefully, that sticks to them like fly paper for a few more games at least.
Now go ahead and relish this for a bit, but just a bit. To be a success at this time of the year, you can celebrate for maybe 10 minutes. Then, you need to focus on Thursday.
Now you'll have to wind down after this crazy game. Besides, who can sleep with this heat? See you Thursday!
1:52 LEFT IN THIRD
Shots on goal have been tight in the third period with Anaheim holding an 8-7 edge...
3:09 LEFT IN THIRD
Keep an eye out for who skates the most in the last 180 seconds...
4:53 LEFT IN THIRD
It's only the quarterfinals, but after San Jose's 0-2 start, you are probably STANDING in front of your television. The Sharks have the lead and there's a chance. Here we go...
9:27 LEFT IN THIRD
Call off the dogs, San Jose's power play has been found. He gets the power play goal and his first in three postseason games. Again, this could be a key moment.
10:53 LEFT IN THIRD
Duck call...Perry to the box...this could be a critical point in the game.
13:15 LEFT IN THIRD
That was the fastest six-plus minutes we've gone through tonight. With the score tied at 3-3, neither team wants to take a stupid penalty. Do you think Anaheim wants to defend a Sharks power play? Do the Sharks want to play with a man down?
START OF THE THIRD PERIOD
Some stat updates: Ryan Getzlaf does have a shot. Corey Perry has zilch. Patrick Marleau
has one. Joe Thornton
has two. Teams are now even in faceoff wins. Tie score, a big game, lots of excitement. Oh my Goc (sorry, Marcel), this could be a third period to remember...
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD
Anaheim has tried to balance the scales as they outshot San Jose, 13-8, in the second 20 minutes. Both teams passed on the energy drinks and settled for electrolytes as there were only two penalties in the second period. The blue liners have been huge for The Lads. Douglas Murray
leads with five hits in almost 12 minutes. Rob Blake has four shots and three blocked shots. Dan Boyle
has four shots and two goals. And two Ducks goals have been scored by the defense. Why do I get the feeling this game will be decided by the defense?
So Mitchy found out after the pregame skate that he was in... This is the time of the year when coaches like to play poker with their rosters. They'll send everyone out for pregame skate knowing the opposing coaches are watching the other team very carefully. On Sunday, the HP Pavilion faithful went crazy when they saw Mitchy take the pregame skate. But at that point, he probably wasn't going to play...or was he? We've also seen Lemieux and ex-Duck Kent Huskins participate in the pregame skate. Lemieux played in Game Two, but we're still waiting for Huskins to make his Sharks debut.
As we enter the final 20 minutes of regulation play, you can be sure Mike Potenza, the Sharks strength and conditioning coordinator, is giving players all the nutrients they need. Aside from current events (important playoff game), the weather was nice and hot in So Cal today.
Are you ready for the third period? See you soon...
5:19 LEFT IN SECOND
By the way, the law firm of Perry and Getzlaf still have zero shots. How long will this last???