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from Carl Steward of Inside Bay Area,
Seriously, at this point is extraordinary effort enough from the Sharks if it doesn’t deliver victory and playoff advancement beyond the first round?
Blunt answer: No way, San Jose. This conference semifinal “Groundhog Day” elimination routine is getting old for fans, and it should be getting embarrassing for the Sharks, who are becoming the Atlanta Braves of hockey. Of course, the Braves won a World Series and got to a couple more, so maybe they’re not even on that level.
Something significant has to change with these guys, because mere minor tinkering to achieve the same sour result next year is foolhardy, and that’s precisely what will happen if the Sharks try to maintain the status quo. They’ll still get the sellouts, they’ll still win their share of games, but they’ll never get a sniff of the Stanley Cup.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Now that the San Jose Sharks are gone, you can be sure of one thing. Coach Ron Wilson won’t be far behind.
Wilson had been hanging by a hair all season long, even though to the casual viewer, the Sharks appeared to be forging a first-rate season.
In fact, Wilson barely made it back after last year’s postseason collapse (hey, in San Jose, anything short of a Stanley Cup is seen as a collapse.)
On its heels, the Sharks held one of the longest exit interviews in the history of hockey, and every player was required to give full and frank views of the team, its future, and its coach. The coach didn’t fare very well.
from the 2008 Stanley Cup Blog at CBC,
On the cover of the Dallas Stars media guide, Mike Modano, Jere Lehtinen amd Sergei Zubov prowl in the background in black and white, while Brenden Morrow and Marty Turco stand defiantly in color in front of the aging veterans.
The statement is clear - this version of the Stars belongs to Morrow and Turco.
The captain and the goalie have taken over and become the core of the team. While Modano, Lehtinen and Zubov are the sole remaining components of the 1999 Stanley Cup championship team, they are taking on different roles this time around.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
The Sharks took the Dallas Stars into a Game 7 here Sunday night. And then into a Game 8.
That’s not what the official result will say, of course. It will say the Sharks lost a four-overtime game to the Stars 2-1. And that the Sharks lost their playoff series bitterly in six games.
Yet as the scoreboard clock moved into the second overtime, then the third, then the fourth, Game 6 did not just become the longest Shark game in history. It became the most remarkable game of this year’s entire NHL Stanley Cup tournament.
And for the Sharks, the worst loss.
...and it ‘only’ took 129 minutes and 3 seconds, the 8th longest game in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (so sayeth TSN).
From Richard Durrett at the Dallas News blog:
The half asleep AAC is now fully awake. Stars headed to the Western Conference Finals.
Wow. What a game. Third longest game in Stars playoff history.
Quite fitting that captain Brenden Morrow got it. He’s been leading this team during the playoffs. He got it on the PP. Marty Turco was sensational. So was Evgeni Nabokov.
The Dallas/Detroit series opens Thursday and the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series opens Friday. [Complete schedule here]
Update 3:08am ET: More from the AP via the Dallas Morning News here. Game highlights on video below, plus a few more notes.
People in Europe are waking up, and probably can’t believe the Stars/Sharks game is headed to the 4OT period.
Eastern time zone folks are barely hanging on, making up an excuse to miss work tomorrow.
West coast fans are starting to feel a little sleepy-eyed.
Will anyone score?
From Stu Hackel at NYT Slapshot blog,
It was 33 years between the 1942 Maple Leafs comeback and the 1975 Islanders comeback. Now, it’s 33 years later, so the Soothsayers, Numerologists and Kabbalists of the hockey world have concluded this will be the year that another team is invested with mystic powers and awakens from inside the 0-3 grave to rise up and smite the unbeatable foe once again.
Even Madonna, the most well-known Kababalist of our time, is down with this. Remember, she’s originally from Detroit — Hockeytown. Just check out her new record, Hard Candy, which is both retro and futuristic. Clearly, she’s telling us that it’s back-to-the-future time for the 0-3 revival. And her first single, that duet with Justin Timberlake? It’s entitled “4 Minutes.” A double minor. A hockey reference for sure. And Hard Candy is also going to be released this month as a special edition 3 LP set. LPs, you may remember, play at 33 1/3 rpms. Thirty-three. Coincidence? We think not. Yep, she’s sending us a message. She’s into it.
more weird reasons the Sharks will win, plus a look at the NYR and the Canadiens’ series.
from Jamie Baker at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
Brendan Morrow and everyone affiliated with or cheering for the Dallas Stars is going to say they got robbed of a goal tonight on Morrow’s first disallowed goal. I am going to give a technical analysis of why the goal was disallowed and why it was the correct call. But first lets clear up a few other things.
* Dave Tippett agreed that Morrow gloved the puck into the net on the second disallowed goal. But he did complain that Morrow got cross-checked and there should have been a penalty. What he failed to mention was on the first disallowed goal Morrow should have gotten a goalie interference call. He was totally in the crease and collided with Nabokov, and it wasn’t because Carle pushed him there.
* When talking about adversity and critical moments in a game Tippett also forgot to mention the quick whistle that negated a Marleau goal in game 3.
from Art Spander at Inside Bay Area,
Was this merely a new chapter of an old story? Are the Sharks destined to be frustrating’s champions? Are they always going to lose in the playoffs to a team that finished below them?
Hockey is different, insisted Wilson the coach.
“It’s not football or basketball,” he said, trying to explain his responsibilities. “In hockey it isn’t red left, XYZ, call that play. A hockey coach puts people on the ice who are supposed to know what to do. You teach them to play defense and what you expect is creativity.”
The Sharks may have been creative. What they weren’t until midway in the second period is successful. Dallas was too fast, too aggressive. The Stars did what the Sharks could not do, control the puck, swarm the goalkeeper.
Watch the OT winner by Sharks Joe Pavelski below…
via Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
“Mike Modano scored one power play goal, one other goal, he’s minus in the series — so it’s Ribeiro that we’re more worried about,” said (Ron) Wilson, who has been a friend of Modano’s since coaching the Dallas center on Team USA in the 1996 World Cup.
Told of Wilson’s comments, Modano first shrugged it off.
“Rightfully so, Mike (Ribeiro) is a great player,” Modano said.
Then he got in a dig of his own when someone semi-jokingly asked Modano his opinion of Wilson’s coaching.
“No, we’re 3-1 and that’s about it,” said Modano, adding later that he enjoys “the banter with Wilson when he gets going a little bit.”
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