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by Paul on 11/17/11 at 10:40 AM ET
from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle,
In three-plus seasons under McLellan, San Jose is 15-10 against the Red Wings. In the previous three seasons, during which McLellan was an assistant with Detroit, the Red Wings held an 11-7 advantage, and all-time, the Wings lead 49-23 with four ties.
The Sharks have won playoff series against the Red Wings the past two seasons, and they’ve won four consecutive regular-season meetings heading into tonight’s game at HP Pavilion, including a 4-2 victory at Detroit last month. Were this a Disney movie, at some point, a sidekick would have muttered, “Ah, the student becomes the master.”
“It’s nice,” said forward Patrick Marleau, who has been a Shark for 14 seasons and remembers the years of struggles against Detroit. “Over the years, they’ve had a lot of really good teams. They still do, and we’ve gotten better. They passed the torch over there, they learned from the best, but now we’ve built our own identity.”
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