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Quick KK Poll- Down One, Can They Comeback?

Four teams are down 0-1, which one of the four teams is most likely to still win their series?

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Avs Were The Better Team

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The better team definitely won tonight. If Craig Anderson needed to do handstands in net and if this was one of those 2-1 wins where you get outshot 50-21 or something, then it would be a lot easier for the San Jose Sharks to write off their Game 1 loss to the Burgundy and Blue.
But it wasn’t like that. The Avs outshot the team in teal, 30-26, and were all over the Sharks for large portions of the game, especially the second period. Yes, it was a fortunate bounce at the end that decided this game, but, again, the better team won.

The Avs got totally hosed a couple of times by awful referee Dan O’Rourke in still getting the win. Not to get all homerish here, but O’Rourke could have easily cost the Avs the win with not only a questionable opening-minute call to Chris Stewart, but a bizarre noncall when TJ Galiardi got high-sticked to the mouth by Ryane Clowe in the first period. That should have been a four-minute power-play right there.


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Sharks Are Ready For Round 1

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

You have seen them this week, all over the Bay Area. They live in your neighborhood. They dine at your favorite restaurant. They post tweets at the next work cubicle. You can recognize them by their eerie expression of wary hope mixed with glorious doom.

They are Sharks fans. And they are afraid, so afraid. They want to know if it’s safe to go back in the water. For the playoffs, I mean. Perhaps you are even a fearful fan yourself, asking the same question.

My comforting answer: Yes. Yes, you can. You can be optimistic.

For the next two weeks, anyway. After that, no guarantees.


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The Real San Jose Sharks

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The 113 points compiled by San Jose in the regular-season standings might be the most meaningless number in the NHL.

When the playoffs begin, they cease being Sharks.

They turn into clown fish.

In the name of accuracy, San Jose really should adopt an alternative uniform in April.

Dump that teal sweater with a shark chomping a hockey stick. That mean image doesn’t fit the joke that San Jose becomes when the games really matter.

Wouldn’t it be more appropriate if San Jose star Joe Thornton took the ice against Colorado while wearing an orange-and-white uniform featuring a cuddly cartoon from “Finding Nemo” as the team logo?


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It Will Be Sharks/Wings In Round 1

from Drew Rememda at San/JoseSharks.com,

I think its time I got this out…It’s going to be Detroit-I’ve crunched the numbers-looked at opponents and I believe it will come down to the last game. The Wings will lose to the Hawks and a San Jose-Detroit first round match up will be set….

Before you start making spring cleaning plans in late April muttering S.O.S. (Same Old Sharks) for months there is good news. The Redwings are beatable. But the Sharks have to play like the Wings. They have to be relentless. Play the same way, the right way always. The Men of Teal have to be disciplined, executing the details of the game and staying away from penalties. The Sharks highest paid and most skilled players have to match the work ethic of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

It can be argued that the Sharks have just as much if not more skill as the Redwings. The question is can the will match the skill?


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Any Team But Detroit For The Sharks

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The Sharks will say they don’t care which team they face in the opening round of the playoffs and that’s fine. They have to say that. They probably even have to think that.  The rest of us, though, can try to be a little more analytical.

Right now, it has to be ABD — Anybody But Detroit.

Even without the history between the teams or the Sharks’ recent record of playoff wipeouts, nobody wants to face the hottest team in the NHL as the season ends and that happens to be the Red Wings.

Factor in everything else — the Sharks are a team that has to go to re-education camp to learn how to feel confident in the post-season — and that standard line about beating the best to be the best just doesn’t seem to apply. Beat anybody now. Beat the best later. Heck, let someone else beat the best.


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Peter Mueller Out With Concussion

via Adrian Dater tweet,

Mueller has concussion, out indefitely. Not on road trip

No video of the Rob Blake hit on Mueller so far, but a few screen caps can be viewed here. (Mueller hit the boards face first)

As I tweeted last night, Mueller had no idea Blake was there but hockey sense should have told him a defender was coming.

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Clowe OK, Thornton Skates

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Ryane Clowe won’t miss any games after taking that puck to the throat last night, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few scary moments after he went to the bench late in the first period.

Clowe skated at practice today — as did Joe Thornton for the first time since his injury — and afterward described the shot that hit him and his trip to the Dallas hospital to make sure nothing was fractured after he continued to have trouble breathing….

Clowe said the puck struck him just to the right of his Adam’s apple.

“I tried to continue playing, but I couldn’t catch my breath and then I had trouble breathing when I was getting off,” he said.  “I tried to catch my breath on the bench but I couldn’t because I was coughing and puked a little bit.”

When the area of impact started to swell a little bit, that made it even more difficult to breathe and the decision was made to send him to the hospital for further evaluation.


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Thornton Says Injury Not Serious

via Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,

Sharks star Joe Thornton said today that he’s not seriously injured and hopes to return to the lineup sometime on the four-game trip that opens Wednesday night in Dallas.

“I expect to play, but I just don’t know when,” Thornton said. “It’s just day-to-day. Every day I wake up and hope I feel a little better.”

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Thornton & Blake Out Tonight For Sharks

via David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Joe Thornton won’t be in the lineup tonight and is day-to-day with a lower body injury. No estimated time for his return. And, yes, this means his consecutive game streak with the Sharks ends at 379 as Thornton has played every game here since being acquired from Boston in November 2005.

Todd McLellan said he’s still tinkering with his lines, but that Jamie McGinn would be back in action after missing one game.

On defense, Jason Demers has been called up and Rob Blake will sit out. Call it a “maintenance day.”

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