Sharks demolish the Blues, 3-0. Now lead the series 2-1.
tGame 3 pregame news/notes
Nearly 24 hours later and it’s still hard to sit down and write about the game. It’s like a kid in a candy store and my attention is being pulled in 360 degrees with fun/good things to look at and where does one settle?
So awesome! Loved the nod to Jo Pawvelski as DJ!
And then there was the game.
The first half of period one were a bit tentative. But then the Sharks just took over. Jones stoned the Blues’ shooters, and the Sharks offense got past Elliot.
Jones tying Nabby for ten wins in the post season, and two shutouts. First Sharks goalie to have back-to-back shutouts. And the first time the Sharks have ever lead in a Western Conference Final series.
Now on to game 4!
The Sharks-Blues series is tied 1-1. Sharks will try to take the lead at home.
Game 2 postgame thoughts
The venue changes for two games, now to California.
Some pundits feel the Sharks have outplayed the Blues this series. One key has been the power play.
There is concern for Thornton after taking a slash to the wrist in the third period of game 2, but little information is available; he did participate in morning skate and plans to play. No change on Nieto’s availability for game 3 (upper body), but should be available later in series.
Blues are making some lineup changes, but Hitchcock being vague.
Sharks should come out hard, dominate the game and take the 2-1 lead.
Let’s Go Sharks! #SilenceTheBlues
Sigh. Much better effort. Much better result. Series tied 1-1.
Being down in a playoff series for first time this season did not stymie the Sharks. The Blues “gave more“, but it wasn’t enough. Tarasenko becoming a dad early Tuesday should not have been a distraction for the player or team.
Jones was much better, turning away every shot, getting the 26 save shutout. Burns had a couple of goals on the power play.
What they did do in game 2? Smothering defense, buzzing offense, dominant special teams. A sense of urgency. Setting a number of team records, and Jumbo having fun. Ah, winning!
And the Blues gave a dismal performance.
But of course, some think the Sharks weren’t “injured” enough. Geez.
Cool point of night: 12-year old Wyatt Nelson got to do some play-by-play of the game on Blues radio. (He does it for the WHL Saskatoon Blades games so his blind father can enjoy the game.) Way to go, Wyatt!!
Well, that first game did not end the way Shark fans would like.
Game 1 news/links
A few bad bounces, some bad officiating and here we are. Sharks were victims of an early whistle on what could have been the tying goal, a missed match penalty, lost puck, etc.
The Blues were able to contain the Sharks top lines and power play. And Jones let in a goal that he’d probably like to not have given up.
The Sharks stayed off the ice on Monday instead, facing the media. Players know they did not play their best game, so promise to play better. Complaints about the officiating, complaints about the complaints. Opponent coach “suggestions” as to where to slot players.
Now, get away from the hype, to see the guys play the game on the ice to see what is decided in game 2.
You know the Sharks will come out with MORE. Including attention to detail and determination.
And away we go.
Series opens Sunday evening. Sharks are opening the Tank (free tickets required – sold out) for away game 1 viewing, and distributing to the first 500 fans a Jo Pawvelski rally towel.
Most pundits are predicting a hard fought series. Game 1 should be the “feeling out” game. But I expect both teams to be physical and pushing to the edge (of penalties) to test the mettle of their opponent.
In the season series, the road team prevailed, so the Sharks should hope to rekindle their road prowess to start the series.
- AP preview
- NY Times Pollak (retired SJMN beat writer): Retooled Sharks move on, away from past failures
- SI: More on Brent Burns, the most interesting man in the NHL
- SI Linda Cohn: Sharks can go all the way
Recorded in the middle of the Predators series
- NBC: DeBoer – fatigue not a factor
- Puck Daddy series preview
- Puck Daddy game preview
- CBC: What you need to know
- ESPN: W2W4 – WCF Game 1
- USA Today: Con Smythe contenders
- SJMN preview
- SJMN: series matchup
- SJMN: Jo Pawvelski finds new home
- SJMN WTC: Blues PP working well, Sharks need to stay disciplined
- SJMN WTC: Nieto improves; Dillon, Wingels excited for conference finals
- Gackle: Sharks depth will be the story of WCF
- Chron preview
- Chron: Sharks looking for something special against Blues
- SLPD: Blues focus on the simple
- SLPD: Sharks, Blues have a lot in common
- SLPD: 5 things to watch
- SLPD: Blues and fans have paid their dues
- SLPD: Blues locked in on Cup quest
- SLPD: Blues have home ice advantage (on paper)
Hitchcock: “I think from our standpoint, we’ve done a reasonably good job at keeping the puck away from key players. But if you think you’re just going to go out and check good players and negate them, that’s a big mistake … because they’re patient and they’re competitive and they’ll wait for their opportunities. San Jose is a little bit different, in that, they have chemistry that is so automatic because they’ve been together for so long that a little mistake can end up being a big mistake. So it’s a little bit different than the other lines that we’ve played against because they do things five on five and on the power play that seem unorthodox, but they know each other so well, they find each other. We’re trying to just not give them the puck as much and hopefully we get a chance to hang onto it.”
Whew. Sharks dominated 5-0 and advance to the Western Conference Finals!
Game 7 pregame news/links
This is not your sister’s Sharks team. This team is confident, effective, decisive, a deadly predator on the ice.
Sharks were again lethal on the power play: 2 for 3 in game 7, including the GWG early in the first period.
It seems like the double seven-game series the Predators had tired them out to the point that without the support of their fans they could not succeed in winning a game. (And the Predators, in eight tries, have yet to win ONE game in the Tank.)
So, next up: the St Louis Blues. Game 1 on Sunday. (Sharks are opening Tank — free tickets required — if you want to watch with other fans.)
Game 6 loss forces game 7 at SAP Center.
Game 6 postgame news/links
Giving up a few bad goals, and the Sharks could not hold onto the leads they had during game 6. In OT, Preds won. Sharks also lost Nieto to injury.
Nieto was not among the players that practiced on Wednesday. Wingels and Haley participated on the fourth line, so one (perhaps Wingels) should replace Nieto in Thursday’s game 7 lineup. UPDATE: Wingels in for Nieto; Karlsson promoted to 3rd line.
Sharks are 5-4 in game 7s. Predators will play in their second (all time) game 7 (after winning their first in previous series).
Sharks hope that home ice advantage is theirs tonight.
Sharks will win if they execute their game plan: deadly on the man advantage, speed kills (offense), strong defense. They’ll need to neutralize the Predators in all three zones, especially the defensive zone.
(Regardless of the results of this game, the WCF will begin on Sunday in St Louis.)
And don’t forget to vote for Pavelski!
Predator-centric articles are left to the reader to discover.