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Game 3 Blog

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
POSTGAME DISPATCHES


Wow!

Overall thoughts:

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???

7:01 LEFT IN SECOND

Why did Pronger score that goal? Look at the puck, keep your head still, don't pay attention to the opponent. Pronger snaked in from the right point to the high slot while everyone was watching the action in the corner. This is why coaches and instructors at all levels stress that everyone should keep their head on a swivel. Simple stuff, actually. But sometimes, the simplest things are the hardest things to do.

12:49 LEFT IN SECOND

Lost in tonight's Boyle/Blake show has been the fact that Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have combined for...NO SHOTS!

13:51 LEFT IN SECOND

It's a one-goal game. It's anyone's game. But San Jose continues to dominate. 26-12 in shots on goal. So far, Dan Boyle is the No. 1 star.

18:55 LEFT IN SECOND

Boyler does it again! Right place, right time. Get to the net. He's the guy who questioned if his teammates had what it takes to do something special after Sunday's Game Two. He's doing it by himself, thank you very much. And did you notice a slight hush in the crowd at the Honda Center?

START OF THE SECOND PERIOD

Got rehydrated. Changed my shirt. Ready to go. One thing that both teams need to keep in mind: keep the emotions in check. There's still 40 minutes of hockey remaining...at least.

END OF THE FIRST PERIOD

Phew! Are you exhausted? Tonight's game is what makes playoff hockey great. Intensity, desperation and passion. My question is: can both teams keep up this pace? Darryl Reaugh was mentioning how relaxed the Sharks seem on the ice. Agreed, Mr. Razor. While the boys love playing in front of the homies at HP, you're only human if you're trying too hard in front of the partisan crowd. And how about that bout between Princeton's George Parros and Cornell's Douglas Murray?

Quick stats: San Jose outshooting Anaheim, 20-8. But now the Ducks have the edge in faceoffs, 57 to 43 percent. As for hits, Ducks dominating, 18-9. Out of SJ's 20 shots, almost half (nine) have come from the defense.

Time for a break. See you shortly.

5:10 LEFT IN FIRST

Kudos to Rob Niedermayer, who helped James Wisniewski score on that slapper from the point. At this time of the year, traffic in front of the net is huge. That example was shown when Boyle got his power play goal and R. Niedermayer returned the favor to help Wisniewski.

5:56 LEFT IN FIRST

Besides outshooting Anaheim, San Jose is dominating in faceoffs by winning 60 percent. That's an important aspect of Todd McLellan's game plan. How about Rob Blake right now? This guy has four shots on goal already -- and one went in from the point!

6:53 LEFT IN FIRST
Let's see...score first -- DONE. Get the power play goal -- DONE, thanks to Dan Boyle. Two things off the list. By the way, in case you're wondering, Jody Shelley and Claude Lemieux are not dressed tonight.

8:48 LEFT IN FIRST
I was about to say how aggressive San Jose has been on the PK...sticks in the lanes, not afraid to pressure the puck carrier...And then, Anaheim's pressure in the crease resulted in a goal. And with almost eight minutes left, yet another penalty (by Anaheim). Everybody must've taken a big swig of energy drink before this one. Both sides are jumping!

10:33 LEFT IN FIRST
Early impressions: good energy...tremendous energy! How about those shots on goal? 13-5 in favor of The Lads! Maybe there is something about the Ducks playing at home...

14:26 LEFT IN FIRST
The Lads must've read the blog. They got the first goal for the first time in this series!

14:35 LEFT IN FIRST

Big PK after Marleau's penalty. You've got to like the pace so far in this one. Both sides are fiesty and Hiller and Nabokov have looked sharp. Will the PK of Marleau's penalty give a boost to the Lads?

BIG NEWS 17 SECONDS IN...

Did you see who's on San Jose's bench? TORREY MITCHELL! And after that good piece of news, Patrick Marleau high sticks Ryan Getzlaf.

PREGAME SCOOP
 
Well, here we are for Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. If you’re like me, it’s the waiting that’s the killer. Yesterday was OK. You lament, you ponder, you take ribbing from friends who are non-Sharks fans. But waiting on game day is like waiting to see the doctor when you’re sick. Seconds seem like hours. Hours seem like days. But soon, we can all expend that nervous energy towards the game.
 
For the last day or so, the media has been having the proverbial field day with this series. If you’ve been reading the news sites (print and Internet), watching and listening to “NHL Live” or watching sports news shows, you’ve heard it all. One veteran writer wondered if the Sharks were postseason-jinxed. Some question if Anaheim’s lack of success at the Honda Center this season will work in the Sharks favor.
 
Regardless, it comes down to this: the Sharks need to win Game Three. Period. It’s unfair for any team, regardless if they won the Presidents’ Trophy or not, to try to win four straight after being down 3-0.
 
What needs to happen, in my little opinion:
 
SCORE FIRST: Take the 17,174 Duck majority out of the game by starting the scoring. This will go a long way in helping Team Teal’s confidence.
 
TAKE HILLER OUT OF THE GAME: Keep the bodies in front of Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller. Can San Jose get into Hiller’s head? Maybe a little legal “love tap” when they get in his way to make him upset and take his mind off the game. The Sharks also need to grab those rebounds. Anaheim’s defense seems to always be in position to snag those off Hiller’s big leg pillows. Former Ducks GM Brian Burke said Hiller was ready for the NHL when he placed Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers last season. So far, he’s right.
 
SCORE ON THE POWER PLAY: Duh. Anaheim knows very well that they can’t continue to stop the Sharks power play. Ex-Sharks right wing Teemu Selanne said after Sunday’s game that the Ducks have to be smart and not take penalties. Oh-for-two games (12 chances, actually) is enough.
 
KEEP ON KEEPING ON/A LITTLE LUCK: San Jose played a better game on Sunday. If they can keep winning faceoffs and putting pucks on the net, they’ll be fine. But they also need a break. Former Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson once said that luck also plays a role in a team’s postseason success. He’s right. After all, how many times can you hit the goal posts and not see the puck go in (ask Christian Ehrhoff, who’s heard the ping of the pipes twice in this series)?
 
We’ll try to pass on the line combinations as soon as we can. But for now, here’s a sjsharks.com pregame pep talk, courtesy of Joe Pavelski, who said this during last year’s semifinals series vs. Dallas. Remember, he scored the memorable overtime goal in Game Five…
 
 “Never give up. There’s always a chance unless you’re completely out of it. It’s up and down out there. Emotions are riding high. You have to stay focused. Just when you think you’re not going to be able to get back in the game, you get a goal. You never know when a puck is going to go off someone’s shin pad or off the glass and it’s laying there for you (to shoot and score).”
 
 
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