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from David Pollak and Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,
Whatever changes lie ahead for the Sharks after the embarrassment of their first-round playoff exit in Anaheim, they won’t involve a new name on the wall outside the general manager’s office.
Sharks President Greg Jamison said Tuesday that while he and the ownership group are frustrated with the team’s postseason performance, Doug Wilson will continue to lead the hockey department.
“His body of work stands for itself, and our goal is to work together toward that magic goal of the Stanley Cup,” Jamison said.
added 8:45am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
There is an unofficial manual for building an NHL team and no one follows the text better than San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.
In short order, a team is supposed to draft the best available players, develop them patiently in the minors, and then promote them to the NHL, gradually doling out more and more responsibility as the experience levels increase.
The only thing missing from the manual is the unwritten final chapter, the one that deals with intangibles.
from John Ryan of the Mercury News,
So what positives can the Sharks draw from the fact that the darn puck just somehow decided on its own to go into the net more times for Anaheim?
• They can finally schedule that Presidents’ Trophy parade.
• They have always craved inclusion as one of the Bay Area’s big teams. But you can’t go winning and being all successful and hope to hang with the 49ers, Raiders, Giants, A’s and Warriors. They’d all be jealous. (Side note: Game 6 drew a 4.6 rating on CSN Bay Area, matching the highest first-round rating ever on the network. The field was wide open, the pump was primed for growth.)
• Doug Wilson needs extra time to figure out how to trade two guys with no-trade clauses.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
At the start of the playoffs, we posed this question of the San Jose Sharks: if not now, when?
And in the wake of yet another stunning playoff collapse, the answer seems patently obvious: never.
At least not until dramatic changes are made with a franchise that has become California’s hockey answer to the Chicago Cubs. A team that in many ways is the model franchise in its uncanny ability to identify, draft and develop young players without the benefit of high draft picks is also a team, at the risk of hurting some feelings in the congenial Sharks organization) quite clearly lacking anything resembling heart.
“We didn’t come through again. The bottom line is they were better than us and that is unfortunate.”
-Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov after losing to the Ducks last night. More from the Sharks at SanJoseSharks.com.
added 11:36am, Rob Blake, Evgeni Nabokov, Dan Boyle, Patrick Marleau and Coach Todd McLellan spoke with members of the media after Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks… watch below.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
A common question in the locker room afterward was one that’s been discussed around here since the Sharks fell behind at the start of the series: Do you think this team needs to be broken up at this point?
Most players (and we’re only talking four or five at most) said that really wasn’t up to them and they’d defer to the people who make those decisions. Only one — Rob Blake — said he’d keep the team together. And, considering his contract expires on June 30, did he want to be back for more? Yes, he did.
Me, I wanted to find out what Coach Todd McLellan said to the team in the post-handshake locker room. McLellan said he and his staff said nothing.
“We haven’t talked yet. We left them alone. It’s their time,” he said. “Coaches, they hear us all year. They need to be alone right now, talking to each other. We’ll have many days to talk to them coming up.”
OK, so I asked a few players what they had to say to each other?
As it turns out: Nothing. Just silence.
from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,
On the off chance that you believe that one big game has cured the Sharks of their big-line blues, let us waste no time in presenting their next issue:
After having been reunited and called out at the same time, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi had their best game in weeks, with the topper being Marleau’s overtime goal Saturday night. In the meantime, the overtime would not have been necessary had not Evgeni Nabokov given up two five-hole goals to Ryan Carter and Corey Perry in the first five minutes of the third period.
“I don’t think it’s in Joe’s nature to be mean, but when he is mean, he’s unstoppable. That’s intensity. When you’re intense, you’re a hard person to play against.”
“He can’t pick his spots. For him to be known as one of the greatest players in the world from now on, he’s got to bring that. He makes a lot of money to bring that intensity. You can’t rely on just his eyes and his know-how all the time.”
-Jeremy Roenick on Joe Thornton. More from David Pollak at Working the Corners.
from Mark Purday of the Mercury News,
It hurts to do what the Sharks did Saturday night.
But they need to hurt some more tonight.
It hurts to go where the Sharks went Saturday, sending their bodies toward the net where they know sticks and body checks are waiting, or skating to exhaustion on every shift, or taking a painful hit to make a pass that might lead to nothing but also might lead to a goal.
But the Sharks need to go there again tonight for 60 minutes or more.
Otherwise, the Sharks will go straight from hurt to home. The Anaheim Ducks will win the series.
“This next game is going to be the hardest we’ve had all year,” said Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, who knows hard.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Sharks center Joe Thornton found a heart, the Ducks lost a chance to pull off an upset and the teams’ playoff series became a lot more interesting—and at least one game longer….
The example provided by Thornton—who had scored the Sharks’ first goal and assisted on their second—ensured the Sharks’ season will last through Monday at the Honda Center. A seventh game, if necessary, will be played Wednesday at San Jose.
“Everything is fine and dandy right now,” Sharks Coach Todd McLellan said, “but we’ve still got a noose around our necks and we’d better be prepared to play even better than we did tonight.”
Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle questioned the legality of the winning goal.
“The reason the puck went in the net is their player pushed our goalie’s pad,” said Carlyle, whose team had scored twice early in the third period to get back into the game.
“As he pushed our goalie’s pad . . . the back of his skate knocked the puck in the net.”
A great game between the Sharks and Ducks ends with a Patrick Marleau goal in OT.
Sharks outshot the Ducks 48-25 and once again, Hiller was outstanding in goal for the Ducks.
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