Friday was a day of rest for many members of both the Sharks and Red Wings. Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan let many of his players have a day away from the ice and Detroit Head Coach Mike Babcock did the same.
Marleau was at Sharks Ice for treatment and it was confirmed that he would be ready for Game 2.
“Patty quite simply had the flu,” said McLellan. “Everybody is going to guess and second guess. He had a temperature that wasn’t healthy. He was at the rink today, he’s looking a lot better. He’s gotten some fluids into him, he’s had an IV and we expect him to play on Sunday. (The day off) gives our top goal scorer a chance to be healthy.”
For Game 2, whether Detroit adjusts their plan or comes in the same format, the Sharks will focus on improving their own game.
“It’s the same mentality, it’s all about us,” said Sharks center Manny Malhotra. “Just keying on certain parts of their game and not allowing them to have time. Not allowing them to get certain sets. We don’t want to change our strategy and get away from what we want to do.”
Babcock was involved in a bit of gamesmanship when he commented about Devin Setoguchi being down on the ice after he took a stick to the face.
“I actually got hit pretty hard,” said Setoguchi. “I can’t really say anything else. It is just a play that happens and emotions are on both sides. We got a goal out of it and it’s the way it went. Emotions get high in the playoffs and people say stuff. If you watch me throughout the year, I don’t think I’m considered a diver.”
Setoguchi was asked if a comment was made during the game as well.
“There was a little eye contact,” said Setoguchi. “You try to win and move on. Whatever was said was said. For myself, I thought it was kind of funny. I don’t think I was trying to sell the penalty. Anyone who saw the penalty, it was right in the mouth. It was pretty hard.”
McLellan was not too concerned about what his former boss in Detroit had to say about Setoguchi.
“I’m not going to get into a tit-for-tat scenario,” said McLellan. “What I do know is the two referees that reffed the game last night have done close to 2,000 game and if they thought that there was any embellishment going on, the teal team or the red and white team, I’m sure they would have put a stop to it right off the bat. They have a tough job to do and they don’t want to be shown up at all. I think the 2,000 games speak for itself.”
The Sharks felt the game was hard fought throughout and they expect it to become even more so as the series marches forward.
“As the game goes on, it goes up a notch,” said Malhotra.
“It’s going to take an effort like that every game to win the series,” said Joe Pavelski
“The extra day here is probably good for both teams and it will be every other day from there,” said Rob Blake.
Jed Ortmeyer returned to the ice for Game 1 and felt comfortable being back in game action.
“It’s all right,” said Ortmeyer. “I wasn’t quite expecting to play with Patty getting sick. I had to prepare myself and get back into it. They were fast and the pace was fast. It’s a lot different than practice. This is why we play, big games like that against a great opponent. The crowd was loud and it was exciting to be out there.”
San Jose held the Red Wings to 23 shots in Game 1. That number is extremely impressive considering Detroit posted 50 on Phoenix two days earlier in a Game 7 victory.
“If we can limit their number of shots, especially coming from the point,” said Manny Malhotra of what San Jose can improve on defensively, notably on the power play. “We want to give Nabby the opportunity to see the puck and make some plays.”
CINCO DE MAYO TRAFFIC
Due to the Cinco de Mayo Parade in downtown San Jose on Sunday, please allow additional time to get to the game.
Game 2 will be Sunday at 5 p.m. and will be on Versus, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.