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Thornton Delivers

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Thornton was planted in front of the Calgary net, taking a royal Canadian pounding from a passel of guys in red Flames jerseys. Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray launched a gorgeously on-target shot from up top. Thornton then used his trademark stick control to perfectly deflect the puck past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Suddenly, the enormous Pengrowth Saddledome went silent. You could almost hear the flaming gas jets in the rafters, the ones that regularly shoot out big bursts of fire, click off the way they do on your home barbecue.

Sharks 3, Calgary 2. Prescription filled.

And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy in the process of overcoming a largely unfair reputation as a playoff non-dominator.

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Evening Line

via the CBC 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,

Thornton, San Jose’s leading goal scorer and point producer in the regular season, has only three assists and the questions were whether the Flames have done anything special to defend him.

“No, they’re just tight checking,” Thornton said after the morning skate. “They take away your time and space, so you have to make your space. They’re tight on you, they make sure you have no room.

“That’s how you play hockey.”

Curiously, Thornton is coming off a two-assist performance, but knows his play will be closely compared to Jarome Iginla’s.

“When you’re down 2-1, everybody can do more and I have to do more to help this team win,” Thornton said. “I have to have a big game tonight.”

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Which Sharks Team Shows Up?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There was talk about who might start in goal for Calgary (San Jose Sharks’ coach Ron Wilson cast his vote for Mike Vernon). There was talk about Evgeni Nabokov’s post-game observation Sunday — that some of the Sharks’ “boys” are going to have to become “men” (Wilson again: “Maybe he meant the singing group.”)

Mostly though, the focus on the visiting Sharks was on which version of the team would show up for tonight’s fourth game of their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Flames. The one that finished with the best record in the NHL over the final third of the season? Or the one that spectacularly flamed out in each of the past two playoffs.

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Morning Line

from the National Post,

“If we kept the foot on the gas and kept pushing the pace, it may be a different story,” San Jose centre Patrick Marleau said. “We sat back and they came at us.”

read on for more on the Sharks and Flames.  Plus, attention Mike Babcock:  study those words carefully!

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Giving Thanks

from Jamie Baker at the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Dear Hockey God,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

This years playoff adversity is deja-vu all over again, except this time you didn’t wait until the second round. Sheesh, it only took 3 games for the “big test of adversity” to take place for our beloved Sharkies.

This version of the Sharks has stated since day 1 of the season they will be judged by how they do in the playoffs. This version of the Sharks has said they are different from the teams who lost in the second round in the last two playoffs. This version of the Sharks get virtually the same test as the previous two playoff teams. I mean, you can’t be anymore fair than that!

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Sharks Test

from Dan Rusanowsky at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Okay, folks, the test has started, and it isn’t an open book test. It’s a Stanley Cup playoff test, it’s happening in the very first round, and it may be the best thing for a team that wants to win the Stanley Cup.

So, you thought that the Sharks would waltz to a four-game sweep or a relatively easy five-game knockoff, as was the case with the Nashville Predators in the past two years? Sorry, folks, that isn’t going to happen this time. The first supreme test for the Sharks this year is happening, right here and now, in the presence of the hard-working, hard-hitting Flames.

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Morning Line

“I don’t know how many lessons we have to learn,” murmurred a disgusted Evgeni Nabokov. “Maybe it’s good that we got this out of the way early in the series. We have to rebound. We have to show poise. We have to turn it around.”

And that chronic reputation the Sharks have for pulling the chute when the going gets tough?

“It takes men to change that,” he answered with chilling accuracy.

“Some of our boys are going to have to become men.”

more by George Johnson of the Calgary Herald…

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Old Sharks Show Up

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

On a Sunday night that will live in franchise infamy, the Sharks repeated their familiar and lousy act of playoffs past. They wasted away their excellence. Again. They didn’t respond well to a physical challenge. Again.

And they are halfway to an early playoff exit. Again.

“We got off to a fantastic start,” Joe Thornton said, “but we just didn’t really play well from then on in.”

They didn’t really play well?

Here’s a better phrase: They totally and completely blew it.

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Game Changing Hit

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

In relief, the Flames turned to Curtis Joseph and right then it seemed as if this was going to be a long and painful evening for the Flames. Only it was Marleau who was left feeling the pain.

On a hit that changed the complexion of the game, not to mention Marleau’s, Sarich caught Marleau in his own end of the ice along the boards with his head down. It was a monster collision that brought the crowd alive and left Marleau dazed and bleeding.

“We were down 3-0 and I was just trying to make something happen,” said Sarich. “I hit him and followed through. They [the referees] called it right. I didn’t think it deserved a penalty.”

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Watch the hit below…

added 8:11am, Sharkpage breaks down the Sarich hit…

 

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Good Luck Charm

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“We’re like the Queen,” the San Jose Sharks’ Joe Thornton was saying. “We travel with our own toilet seat.”

OK, that probably needs some explanation. The Sharks moved into the visitor’s dressing room at the Pengrowth Saddledome Sunday morning, to continue their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series against the Flames. The Sharks usually travel with all kinds of team-related paraphernalia. Draped just inside the entrance to the dressing room are replicas of their Pacific Division champion banners (from 2001-02 and 2003-04). There are personalized Shark skate mats for each player; every one of the four walls also has a This Is Sharks Playoff time posters. All make sense – sort of.

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Update 6:01pm ET: More from Duhatschek today on the Sharks/Flames series, including musings on Jarome Iginla’s “scoring slump”:

[On] Masters Sunday, Keenan invoked the spirit of Tiger Woods, noting how Iginla “reminds me of Tiger – a bogey on the first hole and then he’s going to birdie the rest of the 17. I’m looking forward to it.”

added 6:51pm, Why not- even more on the toilet seat from Working the Corners....

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