Friday's Baker's Dozen - 4/20/2012

Friday, 04.20.2012 / 4:53 PM PT
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp
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Friday\'s Baker\'s Dozen - 4\/20\/2012

Time for my weekly Baker's Dozen.
  1. What a first week it has been in the playoffs. Here are what people are saying about the emotion, passion, overtime games, upsets, crossing the line, fights, suspensions and basically everything that has made the first round of playoffs more interesting than you could ever imagine.
    #EdgeOfYourSeatHockey_IsNow_FellOffMySeatHockey

  2. Nick Kypreos (on Twitter at @RealKyper) might have summed things up best: "#Flyers #Penguins #Sens #Rangers etc. Why is it so hard for some to understand consequences or not..players will do #anythingittakestowin ?"
    #AnythingItTakesToWin

  3. I have always believed that while the power play is very important, come playoff time it’s not as important as the penalty kill. You can win a series without tremendous PP but it’s really difficult to win a series if the PK is struggling. You have to score more goals, and if affects the confidence of players to play on the edge if they are scared to take a penalty. Sharks need to give up zero power play goals against in the next 3 games.
    #NothingWorseThanTheSkateOfShame

  4. What is happening in the Western Conference? After 4 games in each series the Coyotes, Blues, Predators and Kings have 3-1 series leads. Meanwhile the Blackhawks, Sharks, Red Wings and Canucks are all one game away from being eliminated in the first round. This is hard to believe considering:

    • The last three Western Conference Finals had two of these four teams.
    • You have to go back to 2005-06 (#6 ANA vs. #8 EDM) when none of these teams were in the Conference Finals
    • The last time the Sharks, Wings, Hawks and Canucks did not get past the first round was 2001.

    So what teams are going to come back in the first round?
    #PowerShiftInTheWest?

  5. Todd McLellan, after the Sharks lost game 3 to the Blues: “Our penalty kill was not very good. The first one gets through. They earned that one. The second one was a missed assignment. The third one is on our tape and we don’t clear. We end up playing in our end and it finds the back of the net. Our power play wasn’t real sharp and at this time of the year it has to be.

    “It affects your confidence, your ability to keep going. You can feel it a little bit on the bench. It changes the way you play the game. Sometimes you are not as aggressive as you’d like to be because you are afraid to go to the box. There’s no doubt about it. We have to look at it and fix it.”
    #HonestAnalysisGoesWithTheTerritory

  6. One week into the playoffs and there have been nine suspensions. WOW. Here they are:

    Raffi Torres, ___ games, Phoenix
    Arron Asham, 4 games, Pittsburgh
    Carl Hagelin, 3 Games, NY Rangers
    Andrew Shaw, 3 games, Chicago
    Byron Bitz, 2 games, Vancouver
    Craig Adam. 1 game, Pittsburgh
    James Neal, 1 game, Pittsburgh
    Nicklas Backstrom, 1 game, Washington
    Matt Carkner, 1 game, Ottawa
    #PlayoffHockeyGoneWild

  7. Remember, it’s the first to 4, not the first to 3. Also remember, anything can happen at any given time. Here is a reminder of the strange things that can happen that change the complexion of a series.
    #PerseveranceAndNeverGiveUp


  8. Twitter quote of the week goes to @DaveLozo during the Philly vs Pitt game last Sunday: “Poor Matt Cooke on the bench is all like, guys, come on, can't we just get back to playing hockey already? Sheesh."
    #DoubleSheesh

  9. How is this for a great series! Chicago and Phoenix have played 4 games. All 4 have gone into overtime. In separate games, Chicago has scored with 5 seconds, 14 seconds and 1 minute 26 seconds left in the game to send 3 of the games to overtime. The NHL Playoffs allow for unsung heroes and the biggest of the playoffs is Phoenix’s Mikkel Boedker who has scored consecutive overtime goals, both in Chicago, to give the Coyotes a 3-1 series lead.
    #ChicagoHasBeenInSixStraightPlayoffOvertimeGames_GoingBackToLastYearAgainstVancouver

  10. During Game 2, the St. Louis bench broke. Literally. CSN’s Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) summed it up best: “Blues bench was taken to the quiet room”
    #BluesBenchDayToDayWithLowerBodyInjury

  11. Scott Hartnell might have summed it up best: "It's scary when it comes down to that level. It's not fun to play with that kind of stuff. You ask the best player in the world, Sidney Crosby, what they were thinking out there and he said, 'Well, that's playoff hockey.' For me, that's not playoff hockey. It's dangerous hockey, it's trying to hurt some people out there and it's scary. You've got to keep your head up at all times. Crosby comes in and grabs me from behind and another guy (Adams) comes and throws about eight bombs at the back of my head."
    #PlayoffHockey_NotForTheMeekOrMild

  12. Washington Head Coach Dale Hunter on playoff hockey: "It used to be you had to deal with the 'tough guy,' and now you don't have to deal with it. It's more of a free game. It's an emotional game out there. It gets heated up, and that's what happens sometimes."
    #SpokenLikeSomeoneWhoHasBeenThere_AndCrossedTheLine

  13. Here are the 3 keys to the first four games. So what should the keys for Games 5, 6 and 7 be?

    Game 1
    1. Physical investments
    2. Net front presence
    3. Mentally focused/strong

    Game 2
    1. 1st forechecker (OZ) and pass (DZ)
    2. Net front presence (again)
    3. Faceoffs

    Game 3
    1. Board battles
    2. Every detail, every shift matters
    3. Discipline & focus (play with but control your emotion)

    Game 4
    1. Key moments – win them
    2. Special teams
    3. Play fast – win battles – puck skills ….. in that order

    #JustWinBaby
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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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