This isn't the space, nor the time, to go into all of the reasons why the season ended tonight. But needless to say, it's disappointing. It doesn't matter who did well tonight. You can see the stats. We're done.
5:00 IN THIRD
Five minutes. 300 seconds. Hiller has played out of his mind in this series. Giguere may have to find another home next season. Anaheim is getting to loose pucks. But there are still five minutes, 300 seconds for something good to happen.
10:23 IN THIRD
We have to mention that Anaheim is 6-0 at Honda Center in elimination games. We have to mention it because play-by-play guys will say something, you'll hear about it on NHL Network, NHL Home Ice on Sirius/XM, yada, yada, yada. But It doesn't mean anything. You have to believe.
Killing the penalty to start the third was a good thing. Now, they have to put pucks on Hiller. Make him earn his playoff share. But Anaheim is outshooting San Jose, 6-5, in this period. Get Highway 101-like rush hour traffic on him in front of the net. Give the Ducks some credit in this period. They are protecting their "house" (known as the front of the net) very well.
About all of those scrums: win or lose tonight, we now have a bonafide rivalry with Anaheim. It's not a geographic thing. It's Giants-Dodgers like. To see Pavelski, Milan Michalek and Marcel Goc clench their fists means something. To see Joe T. go after Getzlaf means something. Anaheim now joins Detroit and Calgary on a Sharks fan's hate list.
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As for the penalties: Boyle got a double minor (boarding and roughing) and Pavelski got a fighting major. As for them, Whitney got a fighting major and Getzlaf got tagged for roughing. Translation: Anaheim goes on the power play to start the third.
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After the first 20 minutes, San Jose got off to a strong start. The urgency was there. They outshot the Ducks, 18-9. They outhit them, 13-10. They scored on the power play. But all they got was one stinking goal! Then, the second period came. Anaheim came out hard. They outshot the Sharks, 15-8. Anaheim did a better job getting to loose pucks in the corners. They scored two power play goals.
Stat of note: Anaheim is now dominating in faceoffs, 54-46.
You have to like the way Joe Pavelski stood up to Ryan Whitney. Like Drew says, it's the playoffs. Joe's not a fighter, but you have to do what you have to do in the postseason. Will that be inspiration for the third?
As for the third period, Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott would say this is the time to sell out. Throw it all out on the ice. Get after every loose puck, crash the net, finish checks, play controlled hockey. Put pressure on Hiller.
Twenty minutes. 1,200 seconds. Tick. Tick. Tick.
4:35 IN SECOND
What happened? Anaheim got off to a good start, that's what happened. They've outshot the Sharks, 12-7, so far. And they've outscored them, 2-0. A big dose of positive attitude is now needed.
5:34 IN SECOND
Oh oh...Beauchemin's slapper hits Dan Boyle's stick and The Lads are down 3-1. But remember, it ain't over yet.
6:57 IN SECOND
Well, golly gee. Look who scored finally? Selanne. A power play goal no less. Translation: you just can't commit penalties.
9:44 IN SECOND
San Jose to go on the power play. A good chance for them to get the momentum back. Right now, it's kind of hovering towards the Ducks.
10:18 IN SECOND
Sorry about the computer problem, we're back now.
While San Jose dominated the first, the thing San Jose would be concerned about was their start to the second period. At this point, Anaheim is outshooting the Sharks, 9-3.
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7:27 IN FIRST
Drew Remenda commented that it's tough to defend a 4-on-3. Never argue with the coach. Rob Blake had no chacne to stop Corey Perry from getting that loose puck in front of Nabokov. And now soon, Anaheim is going on the power play.
9:04 IN FIRST
Quack, quack, quack. Teemu Selanne goes to the box. So much for the Duckeroo power play.
9:26 IN FIRST
Quick stats: San Jose outshooting Anaheim, 11-1 and beating them in the faceoff circle, 58-42. Two key stats!!!
9:41 IN FIRST
You know the saying...live by the sword, die by the sword. Finally, The Lads get a power play goal. Three time's a charm. Good work, Milan Michalek!
10:25 IN FIRST
So Anaheim may be reverting to their old selves here. Another penalty. No. 3 on the night. One team is playing a wee bit out of control here...and it's not the Sharks.
11:17 IN FIRST
San Jose outshooting Anaheim, 7-1.
13:35 IN FIRST
Shame on us...We should've mentioned something about the physical aspect for tonight. Things started quickly when Getzlaf and Joe T. went at it at the opening faceoff. Now, the Duckeroos have committed two penalties. Mr. Perry is in the box for an elbow. Shame on you, Corey... Time for Anaheim to pay the price.
18:49 IN FIRST
I was beginning to wonder if there was a rivalry between Anaheim and San Jose, besides the geographical locations. But now, we've got some sizzle to this.
20:00 IN FIRST
Well, well...The big boys (Thornton and Getzlaf) dosie-do. What a start! On top of that, did you see Corey Perry playing swashbuckler on Patrick Marleau?
Here are tonight's line combinations (at least to start)
Drew Miller-Todd Marchant-Rob Niedermayer Corey Perry-Ryan Getzlaf-Bobby Ryan Erik Christensen-Andrew Ebbett-Teemu Selanne Mike Brown-Ryan Carter-George Parros
Sheldon Brookbank-Francois Beauchemin Chris Pronger-Ryan Whitney James Wisniewski-Scott Niedermayer
Are you ready???
In a matter of hours, the San Jose Sharks will be playing yet another elimination game against the Anaheim Ducks – this time at Honda Center. San Jose now trails three games-to-two after that thrilling 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday.
The quotes that came out of both sides after the game and yesterday pretty much tell the tale for tonight.
Coach Todd McLellan knows the critics still have some doubts about the Sharks character. As he said after Saturday’s Game Five: “We’ve only squashed that for one night. If we can continue to put in the effort we did tonight, we have the potential to squash it.”
Yeah, Anaheim hasn’t been a ravishing success at home as they won 20 out of 41 times. But it’s the playoffs, so pitch that stat. “It’s going to get tougher and tougher,” defenseman Dan Boyle said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
And based on what Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger said yesterday, San Jose has to be ready. “We’ve got to understand it’s going to take how we played in the third period to win on Monday,” he said about how Anaheim rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the third on goals by Ryan Carter and Corey Perry. “We’ve got to play with that passion, that determination and that will if we’re going to win.”
So, here are “The Blog’s” keys to success tonight:
NO. 1 LINE HAS TO BE A-1: San Jose’s top guns of Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Devin Setoguchi have to be on their game. The line combined for all three goals, recorded four assists, 11 shots and won more than 60 percent of their faceoffs.
MAKE SURE “THE FINNISH FLASH” HAS NONE: Lost in the euphoria of Bobby Ryan’s play is the absence of Teemu Selanne. In the five games, he’s got just one assist and nine shots. “Yes, it bothers me,” Selanne said about his scoring drought. “But not that I can’t sleep.” If the Ducks quack it up tonight and he has nada on the stat sheet, he'll probably have a case of insomnia.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Sound familiar? San Jose needs to capitalize on its power play chances and they need to stop Anaheim’s power play. Anaheim does a great job on their D-to-D passing at the point. All they want to do is open a hole in the middle or on the wings. Scott Niedermayer is so smooth with the puck. He’s a great power play quarterback.
ONE SHIFT AT A TIME: Center Torrey Mitchell mentioned how he played one shift at a time on Saturday. Really, that’s all you can do. You can’t think backwards or too far ahead.
PRESSURE: San Jose has outshot the Ducks, 191-124. But you see, there’s this fella named Jonas Hiller manning Anaheim’s net. The dude has two shutouts. He’s like Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi.” You know, “No goal for you!” At least the Sharks haven’t let Hiller get to them. They’re still firing away…as they should. And they need to continue this tonight.
DESPERATION AND PASSION: Have to be flowing like water (in a non-drought year) for the Sharks tonight. No excuses. No nothing. Anaheim doesn’t want to go back to San Jose in a one-game, winner-take-all situation. Nor do they want to lose in front of the Duckeroo fanatics at Honda Center. First of all, they’ll have to play Detroit if they win tonight and the Wings took care of business late last week against Columbus in four games. Anaheim, like all playoff teams, can use the rest. And besides, who wants to lose at home? So San Jose needs lots of jump from the get-go.
HAVE FUN: Let’s see…elimination game, play in front of the opponent’s home crowd, play in front of a national audience in America and Canada. And you say “have fun?” But you have to. Easier said than done, but you have to do it. The Lads are trying, to be honest. They know what to do. But sometimes, even the most experienced players can be too tense. Energies get focused in the wrong place. So it’s time to take a deep breath, close the eyes, relax, visualize good passes, shots, saves and defensive plays and then leave it on the ice.
That’s it for now. Cross the fingers…toes, eyes (whoops, don’t do that). You get the idea. See you soon.