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Sharks Plan To Make It A Series

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

The Sharks were dynamically incremental Wednesday night. That’s how it must be from this point, as long as they are still playing. But at least they are still playing. After a mandatory 2-1 victory over Dallas, they are still playing. They are behind three victories to one. But they are still playing.

“A lot of people thought we were going to lose tonight,” said Joe Thornton, who emerged from a three-game fog of frustration and hit some people and assisted on the winning goal. “But the 20 guys in this room had faith. We still want to make a series out of this.”

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The Two-Sided Sharks

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

One minute they look like bona fide Stanley Cup contenders; the next they look like they don’t deserve to be among the league’s 16 playoff teams. One minute coach Ron Wilson looks like a deserving Jack Adams Trophy candidate (for NHL coach of the year); the next he looks like he couldn’t guide a peewee house league team. One minute Joe Thornton looks like a Hart Trophy winner; the next he looks like, well, you can’t really find him.

Therein lies the problem with the Sharks: consistency.

And while it isn’t impossible to come back from a 3-0 series deficit, it is highly improbable. At this point I’d suggest you don’t spend too much time listening for the Shark warning horn.

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Extending the Series

Three teams face elimination from the 2008 NHL Playoffs with their next game.

All three of the San Jose Sharks, the Colorado Avalanche and the New York Rangers being down 3-0 in their series, which team seems most likely to win their next game and extend their playoff hopes?

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Sharks Have No Answers

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

For the fourth straight playoff season, our beloved Los Tiburones have shown just enough flash and talent and resiliency to raise big, big hopes. But then they fail miserably to lock up victory - either within an individual game, or in a series.

Tuesday night, it was both. By losing in overtime after losing the lead in the third period - for the second time in this series - the Sharks have essentially sent the Dallas Stars to the next round.

How do you explain that? How do you explain why a team isn’t able to hold onto a lead just once in three tries?

“I wish I had an answer for you, to be honest,” said Shark goalie Evgeni Nabokov. “But I don’t.”

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Scoring On The Minds Of The Sharks

from Working the Corners,

Everybody was on the same page this morning. Talking positive, making it all sound pretty simple for the Sharks to climb right back into this series tonight.

“We’ve just got to put in our chances,” Joe Thornton said. “We’ve had some golden opportunities that we haven’t actually buried.”

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Sharks Look To The Road To Get Back In The Series

from the Contra Costa Times via Inside Bay Area,

It was just minutes after their embarrassing 5-2 come-from-ahead Game 2 loss Sunday night to the Dallas Stars, and the Sharks were grasping for hope—or a Stanley Cup lifeline.

What they grabbed onto reminded me of a scene from the movie “Animal House” when it looked like the animalistic Delta house was going to be shut down. Two fraternity brothers discussed the crisis.

“What are we going to do?” one asked the other.

Moments later, they arrived at the answer together.

“Road trip.”

There you have it.

That’s the Sharks’ lifeline, the No. 1 answer to their hockey crisis, the key reason why they believe they can climb out of this two-games-to-none hole they’ve dug and get back into the series.

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Sharks Have A Tough Road Ahead

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

“We’ve got a big mountain ahead of us to climb,” Sharks captain Patrick Marleau said. Actually, at last geographic report, there are no mountains in Dallas, where the next two games will be played. However, Stars goalie Marty Turco will be there. And the Sharks would probably rather face a big mountain.

Mount Marty is the challenge that the Sharks can’t solve. They have outshot Dallas in the first two games, 58-44, and they have zero victories to show for it.

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Sharks Target Modano

from the CBC,

The Sharks simply have to play like the more desperate team than Dallas, which has prevailed in seven of its last eight visits to San Jose, including four times this season.

Another energetic performance from veteran forward Jeremy Roenick, who notched two goals and four points in Game 7 versus the Flames, would be welcomed. How about better defensive play from centre Patrick Marleau? Or Thornton outplaying his shadow, Modano?

“We’ve got to make Mike Modano’s life a little bit more miserable,” Wilson said. “He seems to love playing here, and we never got a hand on him [in Game 1].”

The coach noted the Sharks’ goals came when one of his players was standing in front of Stars goalie Marty Turco.

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Melrose Recaps Friday Games

John Buccigross and Barry Melrose give us a three minute recap of the action last night.

Watch now…

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Sharks Fail To Hold Home Ice

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

An overtime goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs is like a rowdy bar shutting down with a closing time picked entirely at random. Especially when the visiting team wins.

One moment, the arena is full of life and good times and possibilities. The next, things are silent and everyone files out quietly to the parking lot. What’s the closing-time mantra? You don’t have to go home. But you can’t stay here.

The Sharks were at home Friday night. But they didn’t stay on task. Playing against a Dallas Stars team in Game 1 of their second-round series, the Sharks spent far too much time playing hockey exactly the way the Stars wanted both teams to play. Which is why the game ended in a 3-2 victory by Dallas.

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