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from the Toronto Star,
The crowd gathered around Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom, his left eye is still bloody, his left pupil still dilated from a stick injury suffered against Calgary.
“How’s your eye?” a reporter asked.
“Where are you?” joked Holmstrom, feigning blindness and getting a few yuks….
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the Wings are different team with Holmstrom.
“When (Holmstrom) gets the puck you don’t get one chance, you get a bunch of chances,” said Babcock. “The power play is about work ethic. It’s about getting the puck back, it’s about winning battles.”
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
With the Sharks and Detroit tied 2-2, we face the very realistic possibility of the series going seven games. If it happens, that would entail a major back-and-forth cross-country hockey slog. Today’s game at Joe Louis Arena will be followed by a plane ride back to San Jose for a Game6 on Monday. And that would be followed by another potential flight back to Detroit for a Wednesday conclusion.
If you’ve taken careful notes, that works out to three games in five days - sandwiched around two flights across a combined six time zones. Or three flights across a combined nine time zones, if you include the trip both teams made here from San Jose for today’s game.
Frankly, I became fatigued just typing out that scenario. You probably were pooped just reading about it. Imagine if you had to play hockey, too, while icing down your bruised body somewhere over Nebraska both ways. It only stands to reason that the younger team might have an edge.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Here along the edge of the Detroit River in the place they call Hockeytown is where making history and repeating history intersects.
The Detroit Red Wings (desperate to recapture some Stanley Cup magic in the face of a string of playoff letdowns) and the San Jose Sharks (desperate to make good on Stanley Cup expectations instead of becoming the Ottawa Senators of the West) find themselves deadlocked at two games apiece with a pivotal fifth game set for Saturday afternoon.
SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks announced today that Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Sharks and Red Wings on Monday, April 7 is TBD at 6 or 7 p.m (Pacific). and will be broadcast on FSN-HD.
The exact start time is conditional to the New Jersey and Ottawa game on Saturday evening. Should New Jersey win on Saturday, there will be a Game Six between Ottawa and New Jersey on Monday. In this situation, the Sharks and Red Wings game will begin at 7 p.m. (Pacific).
Should Ottawa win the series on Saturday, the Sharks game on Monday will start at 6 p.m. (Pacific).
from the Mercury News,
ST. THOMAS, Ontario - The message beckons from a downtown sports bar’s marquee two hours east of the U.S.-Canada border at Detroit:
“Jump Into The Shark Tank As Joe And The Boys Go For Lord Stanley.”
The words appear above the door to Legends. And when the Sharks and Red Wings clash Saturday in Game 5 of their deadlocked playoff series, a big chunk of the crowd inside will be rooting for the team in teal.
Just in case you have not visited Sharkspage, you should make it a daily stop during the Wings/Sharks series.
PJ does a great job and always has some great photos that cannot be viewed anywhere else.
San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson shows his frustration and delivered a wake up call to some of his players after the game.
Will it work? We will find out Saturday.
from the Hockey News,
• Sharks winger Mike Grier during a second intermission interview with TSN: “We’ve got to get back to playing hockey.”
Glad he cleared up his contractual obligations.
• At this point in the playoffs, whenever I hear a broadcaster use the words “regulation time” during a one-goal game in the late stages of the third period, I wish a small pox (thought not smallpox) on him.
• And, right on schedule, Robert Lang scores with 34 seconds left. Damn you, Chris Cuthbert!
more observations from both games last night…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On his goal, Lang said Rivet’s decision to back off surprised him.
“Definitely, it gave me a little more time and space. I think he just didn’t want to risk it, that I would pass it and then Johan [Franzen] would have a breakaway. But he made a split-second decision and I think he made the right one for me.”
Sharks’ coach Ron Wilson was unhappy with his team’s defensive play on the tying goal, by Lang. Without naming names, he suggested his players were cheating on the offensive side of the puck, instead of paying attention to their assignments. For the record, the Sharks’ forwards on the ice for the winning goal were Patrick Marleau, Bill Guerin and Rismiller.
“We blew the game in the last minute,” said Wilson. “They’re a damn good hockey team and they were desperate. We need a couple of guys to wake up in the series, or it’s going to be over….”
Mathieu Schneider scores in OT on the power play to tie the series at 2-2.
Now a best 2 out of 3 series with two games in Detroit and one in San Jose.
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