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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Buccigross and Barry Melrose give us a three minute recap of the action last night.
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.
from Tim Colishaw of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars also were surprisingly incapable of mounting any kind of consistent attack on Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov. They finished with 18 shots on goal.
And that included overtime.
And they still won.
Meet the new opportunistic Dallas Stars, who steal wins even when they may not fully deserve them.
Brenden Morrow’s second goal of the night just 4:39 into sudden death gave Dallas a 3-2 victory at HP Pavilion in Game 1.
“It’s exciting to see him lead this team,” goaltender Marty Turco said. “I’ve had a center seat for his career.”
Watch the OT goal…
From ESPN The Magazine:
(6) A few weeks after the first event at American Airlines Center in Dallas, it was found that the glass installed in the bathrooms was not the same as what was originally intended. Apparently, people had a clear view into the restrooms (YOW-ZA!) The glass was changed immediately.
(7) When Evgeni Nabokov was selected late in the 9th round by the Sharks, they had NEVER seen him play; rather, they based their selection of him on the skills of his father, a goaltender who played for 18 years in his native Kazakhstan.
From Willa Ford (Mike Modano’s wife) at her NHL.com blog:
We’ve handled one big, strong, quick-skating tough team, and now we have another. But this goaltender is up for the Vezina, and they have potentially an even greater set of forwards to throw against our young D.
(I said to Mike this morning, “This goaltender probably isn’t going to like you very much in the next few days and he replied with “He’s a great guy off of the ice, but no, hopefully he isn’t happy with me when this series is over.”)
To top it off, the San Jose arena is one of the loudest and most violent crowds that I’ve ever seen in person. It worries me, but for some reason Mike loves it. He said he hopes they boo him, he hopes they give it to his goaltender and his team and his teammates because it drives him…
Sportingnews.com NHL reporter Victor Chi, a former San Jose Sharks beat writer for the Mercury News for over 10 years, answered a handful of questions about working in the American half of the orginal six, visiting Columbine High School after the school shooting tragedy, Mike Ricci taking a ceremonial faceoff with Queen Elizabeth, the Sharks-Flames series, the impact of late goaltending coach Warren Strelow, questions and expectations surrounding Joe Thornton and Sharks captain Patrick Marleau, and offered insight into the rigors of covering a team over an 82-game regular season.
Q] After 15 years working at the Mercury News, 10-11 as the beat writer for the San Jose Sharks and time spent in Chicago, Detroit, Boston and New York, what are your thoughts on the state of the industry?
[VC] Yes, I’ve had the pleasure of working in the American cities of the Original Six plus covering an Original 22 franchise. It’s a unique perspective. The newspaper industry is obviously going through a painful transition phase. It can be depressing with news of layoffs—- I have first-hand experience with that—- and buyouts almost every day. But the public has a tremendous appetite for information so other opportunities are going to develop.
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