Drew's Thought of the Day - 5/27/2013

Monday, 05.27.2013 / 12:31 PM
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / Great White Bites
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Drew\'s Thought of the Day - 5\/27\/2013

The Sharks have played in 7 Game Sevens. The Sharks are 5-2 all time.

Last night I was thinking about the three Game Sevens I was involved in when I was part of the coaching staff in the team's early days. Well I thought about three but focused on the two we won.

Of course in the very first Game 7 it was the Great Jamie Baker, catching Chris Osgood out of position and scoring what my Partner (the equally as) Great Randy Hahn calls the "Biggest Goal in Sharks History."

What people may forget earlier that month, Jamie Baker scored two huge goals against the LA Kings clinching the Sharks very first playoff birth.

In that series we had so many heroes. Arturs Irbe was our rock. He was unflappable that playoff. The Wings kept running him and hacking at him and all he did was smile and stop the puck. The Wings tried to get under his skin but Artur's reaction seemed to bother the top seeded Wings more.

At one point Detroit's Dino Ciccarelli related a story that he ran into Irbe on purpose and all "Artie" did was say,"Hi Dino!"

Causing the Detroit forward to lament to the media that " you can't get mad at them!"

A funny line for sure but looking back it showed a team that was focused and mentally tough.

The next year it was "The Wizard " Ray Whitney in double overtime vs the Calgary Flames. He tipped a Sergei Makarov shot passed Trevor Kidd sending the Sharks to the second round for the second straight year.

In both of those game sevens there were other heroes as well.

Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov the fantastic Russian twosome were outstanding in those games. They had played in a ton of high pressure situations before and had the knack to rise to the occasion.

As much as Arturs Irbe was the little goalie who could and did the year before. In the Calgary series he was replaced by Wade Flaherty who back stopped the Sharks to wins in Game 6 and 7.

One if the enigmatic players of that time was Craig Janney. He was a player who could put up points but in the series against the Flames he didn't do much until Game 6 when we were facing elimination.

Craig scored two big goals and when he was forced to (and I do mean forced) to talk to the media he was "Janneyesque" in his response to their questions.

"Look, let's just say I sucked all series until tonight."

He didn't suck in Game 7 either adding a goal and 2 helpers.

One of my favourite players and people in the early days was Pat Falloon. In all the hoopla of Ray Whitney's double OT winner. Patty had a two goal, 3 point night.

A star performance in a Game Seven.

Oh yeah, Jamie Baker, a two assist night.

We all know that it takes more than one or two heroes to lead a team to a big playoff win. It takes absolutely every man on the roster committed to win battles and races, block shots take and make hits. It takes every player willing to do all it takes to win a game.

When I look at the Sharks I can invision

a Logan Couture fist pump, "The Big Pavelski" becoming even bigger.

I can see Patrick Marleau or Joe Thornton giving us one more story adding to their Sharks greatness.

I see the "Gamer" Dan Boyle making a key play to set up the winner or the "Wild One"

Brent Burns rifling a shot top shelf off of one knee.

Or maybe it will be an unusual suspect. 'The vet' and Cup Champ Scott Gomez or one of the 'Kids'? A 'Brentwood Bay Blast' from Irwin or Tommy Wingels wristing one home.

Yes it takes everyone to win but there will be that one moment when someone has that opportunity to be a Game Seven Hero and forever become a Sharks Legend.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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