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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.”
It looks like a slow Friday, only one game tonight.
Therefore, this is an open post which allows you to vent, rant, question or just talk hockey and vote on the winner of tonight’s game.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
They must accomplish the near-impossible on their own, by rallying from what still is a 3-1 deficit to win the series.
They might. Odds say they won’t. In fact, I wouldn’t bet half a glass of half-priced beer on them to do so. As several of us pessimists have noted, only two NHL playoff teams in 152 attempts have recovered from an 0-3 start to win a best-of-seven series.
Plus, over the past 20 years, of the 68 teams that fell behind 3-0, none has rallied to even reach a Game 7.
But know what? Phooey on the odds. Phooey on the record book. Otherwise, why would we even watch the rest of the games? Let’s try to build a case for the Sharks and concoct a scenario in which they could pull it off.
Here are four ways it could happen:
1. The Sharks go out for three straight games and play every period the way they played the third period Wednesday. In so doing, our beloved Los Tiburones rediscover the groove from their 11-game winning streak in late February and early March.
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.”
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.
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?
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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