The Sharks pulled it out on Friday coming back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to win it overtime with a score of 3-2.
They worked hard enough to keep their playoffs hopes alive for another game. Now they head back on the road to Dallas for crucial Game 6.
Captain Patrick Marleau
has noticed the change in the way his team is playing.
“Guys are skating a little bit more, playing a little bit harder as you can see and getting the forecheck going, we have nothing to lose at that point,” Marleau said.
The comeback win on Friday night was the first time in franchise history that the Sharks have won a postseason game in which they trailed by two goals at any point in the third period.
The Sharks want to build upon the momentum they gained in overtime.
When asked about the energy from Game 5 carrying over Marleau responded, “I sure hope so, I think we have showed to ourselves that when we play like that, that it is to our benefit.”
“I think we will try to stay as loose as possible, but that’s hard to think about but we are facing elimination again,” Marleau said. “We have to try to stay loose, not tense up and still make good plays.”
Until Friday, of the 151 times a team has gone down a 3-0 in a series only ten teams have been able to bring it back to Game 6.
But the Sharks are trying not to focus on the big picture, they are playing it one game at a time.
“The 3-0 is not what we’re looking at right now. It’s not about winning the series right now, it’s about the next game,” defenseman Brian Campbell said.
“Now we re-focus and we get ready, now it’s about Game 6,” Campbell said.
Jeremy Roenick, who gave Campbell the go-ahead pass to tie the game in the third period, is optimistic about the upcoming road trip back to Dallas.
“It’s awesome. I love Dallas, I love going out and staying in a nice hotel,” he said. “We played well there and we feel good on the road. We put a little more pressure on them and I feel really good about it.”
The game plan is simple: leave it all on the ice.
“Lay it all out there. Don’t play cautious that’s kind of hurt us in the playoffs so far,” Campbell said.
“We have to continue to work, continue to shoot, apply pressure on the forecheck and get scoring chances,” Roenick said.
“Dallas, they are a tremendous hockey team and they are very, very, very, well coached and we have to feel very happy of where we are sitting right now,” he said.
This is the attitude they have carried throughout the postseason and have been successful. Sunday’s game is all or nothing and the Sharks are ready to come out give Dallas a run for their money.
The Sharks have faced three elimination games this playoffs and are now 3-0 with there backs to the wall.
Game 6 will be at 6 p.m. Sunday in Dallas and the contest will be available on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.