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The Battle In The Pacific

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In the battle to win the Pacific Division and avoid the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round as a result, San Jose hit a bump Thursday night in a 4-3 home loss to Winnipeg in which Sharks goalie Antti Niemi was not at his best.

The Sharks had a chance to widen their lead over Anaheim to four points, but instead it's just two points with the Ducks holding three games in hand.

We've said it before as a group and it has to be stressed again that getting the top seed and facing a wild card team in the first round, rather than a Cup contender in the Kings, is perhaps the biggest storyline in the NHL down the stretch drive. If the Ducks edge the Sharks by a point or two at the end of the regular season, San Jose may look back at Thursday's game and see two points it should have had.

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