When Game 3 began, there was a completely different look on the fourth line. Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan evaluated everything and put three different options in to adjust from Game 2. The trio for the night was Jamal Mayers, Andrew Desjardins
and Jamie McGinn and they represented themselves well.
“I thought they did a tremendous job,” McLellan said. “I thought Desi and Ginner both went in and provided lot of energy. Jammer was a calming influence on that line. I felt comfortable using them.”
So comfortable, he wishes he could have seen more of them during the contest.
“The way the night went, with so many power plays and penalty kills back and forth, it was hard to get them probably what they deserved, which was a little more ice time,” McLellan said.
For Desjardins, it was his first game since the end of the regular season, which was well over a month ago. He’s done what he could to prepare each game day just in case, as McLellan has plucked players this spring who others may not have predicted would get the call.
“You’ve got to prepare every day and practice hard every day. I felt really good,” Desjardins. “I think we started off (well) the first few shifts there. We had a good few cycle shifts. We were keeping the puck on our tape and creating turnovers. That was the key to our success and getting out there for more shifts.”
Desjardins did not officially find out of his calling until he entered the lockerroom prior to the contest.
“Pretty much when you come to the game, you see your line up there and you really never know until after warmups,” Desjardins said. “You just have to come and prepare like you’re playing every night.”
Desjardins and McGinn nearly executed a two-on-one that would have blown the roof of HP Pavilion.
“It was unfortunate I didn’t get it up a little higher, but it seemed good. That would have been a nice one,” Desjardins said.
Desjardins was part of an unusual sequence when he was whistled for back-to-back minor penalties and was the victim of some bad timing. As he exited the sin bin for his first offense, he accidently committed another crime.
“I put the stick on the ice and I saw him get the pass,” Desjardins began. “I saw him get the pass and it was one of those plays where I should have waited until he passed. It was kind of like a deer in the headlights. It was unlucky I had my stick there. It was an unfortunate play.”
Desjardins night in the penalty box was not complete as he served Jamie McGinn’s five minute major that was assessed in the third stanza. McLellan provided his thoughts on the major to the media.
“Well, those situations are always reviewed,” McLellan said. “Whether there will be any more than that, the league will deal with that with Jamie. I had a chance to watch it on the video. Referees probably made the right call on the ice, there's no doubt about it. I don't think there was any intent on Jamie's behalf. We hope that Rome is healthy. We don't want to see that happen to anybody. Could very easily be one of our players in that situation. We do wish him well.”
McGinn was just trying to make a hard hockey play, but had to follow the power play where Vancouver scored twice from the lockerroom as he was given a game misconduct.
“It was pretty tough,” McGinn said. “I was in the weight room pacing back and forth.”
There was some confusion about whether McGinn would receive an automatic suspension because of a prior offense this postseason. Because the hit was a different type than the major against Los Angeles, nothing is automatic, but all hits are subject to review by the NHL.
McGinn’s thoughts were with Rome, as the Sharks forward has always been known as a clean player.
“I saw Luongo get the puck and kind of thought he was going to move to his forehand. I was trying to meet him and cut him off. I thought I hit him on the left shoulder and it’s unfortunate he got hurt,” McGinn said. “I didn’t want him to get hurt at all.”
McGinn was also part of a hit on former Shark Christian Ehrhoff that forced the defenseman from the game. There was not penalty on that play though.
“He just pulled up and it was another one where he came across and I’m a player who’s going to finish my check,” McGinn said. “I took advantage of that. On all my hits, I’m not trying to hurt anyone. It’s unfortunate he got hurt.”
At the time, Dan Boyle
’s power play goal looked like icing on the cake, but it proved to be the game-winner.
“Yeah, very important,” Captain Joe Thornton
said. “Five-on-three, they didn't capitalize on theirs. You never know. It's 3-1 up to that point. You really don't know at that point if that's going to be the game-winner, but you take every shift in. I just really saw Patty and Boyler kind of work it back and forth. Boyler had a good shot earlier. Hit the crossbar. Patty just laid a perfect pass over and Boyler got all of it.”
The Sharks players were adamant the HP Pavilion faithful were a big factor on the evening.
“Every game for us right now is Game 7,” Thornton said. “We realize how important tonight was. Next game is just going to be more important. We realize what's at stake. The guys showed up and the fans were into it. They gave us an extra boost.”
left the game after colliding with a teammate, but he later returned and McLellan noted he would be fine for Game 4.
Game 4 will be Sunday at Noon and will be on NBC, 98.5/102.1 FM and www.sjsharks.com.