There’s no question about the Sharks intentions to gain a split when their Western Conference Quarterfinal series against Calgary continues with Game Two tonight at HP Pavilion.
Of course, this is a best-of-seven game series. One game doesn’t decide a series.
“There’s no need to get frustrated,” veteran center Jeremy Roenick said. “I’ve lost a lot of Game Ones and won the series. It’s a strong group and the series isn’t won or lost on one game.”
The Sharks did just that in 2006. The No. 5-seeded Sharks lost the first game of their quarterfinal series vs. No. 4 Nashville, but went on to take the next four games and the series.
“We want to go to Calgary in a tie,” defenseman Kyle McLaren said. “We don’t want to be down 0-2.”
Last night’s Game One was as close as the final 3-2 score indicates. In fact, two of Calgary’s goals went to video review. Although the right call was made, those tallies could’ve been recalled. And another goal came on the power play following Kristin Huselius’ embellishment after coming in contact with McLaren.
“We made a few mistakes that ended up in the net,” said McLaren. “In the playoffs, good teams will take advantage.”
San Jose also needs to create more traffic in front of Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. Some of the Sharks said after last night’s game that the opponent can’t give the ex-Sharks netminder time to see the shot if they want to be a success.
“We have to hang at the front of the net and screen them,” Wilson said. “Like ‘Nabby,’ (Evgeni Nabokov) he’s schooled the same way (from Warren Strelow, the late Sharks goaltending coach). They’ll stop whatever they see. We have to get to the net and pay the price.” NEW FACES IN THE LINEUP? Following Game One, Wilson noted that forward Devin Setoguchi and defenseman Matt Carle could be in tonight’s game.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Setoguchi said about making his Stanley Cup Playoff debut. “It’s kind of like my first NHL game.
“We’ve got to play our game and win tonight,” added the native of Alberta. “I’ll try to use my speed. I want to go give energy to the team. I’ll go finish my checks and try to be an agitator out there.”
As Coach Ron Wilson said in the postgame presser on Wednesday, San Jose needs to take care of the little details to have a chance at evening the series. Following this morning’s optional pregame skate, Wilson said the Sharks need to have the same kind of jump Calgary had in last night’s game.
“We’ve got to be a little more physical,” Wilson said. “We have to relax and play with a sense of urgency. We went out there a little tense.”
“We’ll come with the enthusiasm we had the last couple of months,” McLaren said.
COMCAST SPORTSNET BAY AREA Word has come down that no matter what the length of the Oakland A’s game on CSN Bay Area, the Sharks telecast will begin promptly at 7 p.m. NEXT GAME The Sharks and Flames will play Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals tonight at 7 p.m. The game will be available on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.