Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 05/13/11 at 02:30 AM ET
From Dave Lozo at NHL.com, some thoughts from Joe Thornton:
Q: Are you feeling more relieved or excited about the Game 7 victory?
A: Satisfied. It’s satisfaction, yeah. We thought we’d win this game at home. We felt pretty good.
Q: Can you tell us the emotions you’ve gone through during this series?
A: Couple highs, couple lows. But really, this team all year—a lot of people here right now haven’t followed us—we’re pretty even-keeled all year. I think it just showed now. We went up 3-0 and didn’t panic (losing the last three games). We just came out and played. That’s what we did tonight.
Q: How nice was it to see Patrick Marleau get the game-winning goal?
A: He’s been battling, just hasn’t been putting the puck in the net. He knows he has to be better, I’m sure it took a lot of weight off his shoulders and now he’s ready to go. But everybody in the Bay Area, I’m sure is happy for him.
Q: Did you read all of the stuff about teams coming back from down 3-0?
A: I really honestly believe half you guys don’t know anything about the sport. So I don’t care what you guys read.
From Dave Pollak at the Mercury News:
“We’ve responded well,” the coach [Todd McLellan] said. “You can call it resiliency, you can call it whatever you want. But our skin has grown a little bit thicker, we’ve handled ourselves a little bit better, we’ve held ourselves accountable a little bit more in all of those situations. We have to see that come out again tonight.”
From Cam Inman at the Mercury News:
Four months ago, the Sharks looked in no way capable of Cup contention, not after losing their sixth straight on Jan. 13 and falling to 21-19-5. But a funny thing happened on the way to another meltdown: Niemi seized the goaltending reins and the Sharks went 27-6-4 to close the regular season.
Now, after one of the greatest wins in their 20-season history, they are eight away from their first Stanley Cup championship.
From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:
They won Game 7 with an inspired effort, through the play of Thornton and Niemi and Setoguchi and Boyle …
… and, as unlikely as it seemed earlier this week, thanks to Marleau.
“I don’t think there’s one team in the league that wouldn’t want him,” said Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock. “He’s a big reason why they’re moving on.”
From Josh Dubow of the AP, via Yahoo! Sports:
“It was just nice to have it over and have us on top,” [Patrick] Marleau said. “They played great the whole way through. It was just nice to be able to shake hands and come back in here.”
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