Only twice in NHL history has a club battled back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series. And in order for the Sharks to become the third team to accomplish this miracle comback, they need to win Game Four tonight.
In order to be successful against Dallas, San Jose needs to shut down the Stars in the final stages of the game. The Sharks have gone into the third period of the past two contests with leads, only to give up goals and lose the games. Somehow they need to reconnect with their killer instinct.
|San Jose Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe shoots on Stars goalie Marty Turco in the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Western Conference semifinal series, Friday, April 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) |
“We’ll try to bury things in the third,” said Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe
. “We felt confident that we were going to win (Game 3). We’ll go forward tonight and go back home. We know our backs are against the wall.”
“That game is behind us and we have to look forward,” said Sharks defenseman Craig Rivet. “It’s no secret we’re down 3-0. We have to win the hockey game in the third period when we’re leading.”
Desperation will be the most important emotion for Team Teal.
“It’s like it’s a seventh game,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. “We have to prepare like we did for Calgary.”
Wilson says his team can’t leave the contest open to lucky bounces.
“We’ve got to make our own bounces,” said Wilson. “We’ve got to play our own game and not panic.”
Wilson did not rule out any lineup changes.
“Some people have not played well,” said Wilson. “We’re trying to win.”BIG HIT
Craig Rivet took a big hit to the head when he collided with teammate Brian Campbell in the third period of Game Three.
|San Jose Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi, center, celebrates with teammate Craig Rivet, left, after scoring against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, April 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) |
“Obviously it was a collision and I got my bell rung,” said Rivet. “I shook off the cobwebs and got right back at it.”
Rivet noted a quick test of his whereabouts by the training staff.
“They asked me where I was and my name,” said Rivet. “I got those two right.”
Wilson gave his troops and optional skate in the morning as he traditionally has this year in back-to-back situations.NEXT GAME
Game 4 will take place on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will be available on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.