Sharks Keep Even Keel After Win

San Jose puts victory in the books to start focusing on Game 3

Sunday, 05.2.2010 / 10:35 PM PT / News
By Alison High  - Staff Writer
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Sharks Keep Even Keel After Win
With their 4-3 win over the Red Wings on Sunday night, the Sharks have put together back-to-back victories and a 2-0 series lead over Detroit. In this seven game series, San Jose has a stronghold over their fifth-seeded opponent.

There’s no better way to head into Joe Louis Arena for Game 3.

“We took care of home ice,” said left wing Ryane Clowe who had a goal in the first period. “I don’t know what happened in the past at Joe Louis, but I know how we feel about our game and that’s the important part. I’m sure that’s going to be a tough building to go into, but whatever happens we’re just going to keep fighting through it.”

Clowe was on his game Sunday night, scoring one of the prettiest goals of the playoffs. Not only for the finish (between the legs), but also for the delivery (a cross-ice pass from Joe Pavelski).

His linemate Pavelski was also on point. The Plover, Wisconsin native scored two goals and added one assist to become only the third player in NHL history to have three-straight multiple goal games in the playoffs.

When asked about how he felt about being up 2-0 heading back to Detroit, Pavelski had a cautious outlook.

“You’re trying to win four,” said Pavelski following the game. “Every game you grab is important, especially with home ice. We realize they’re really good at home as well. We still have a long ways to go and we’ll only worry about the next game.”

Detroit finished the season with a home record of 25-10-6 while the Sharks finished 27-6-8. While both teams do best at home, the Sharks did split their two games at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit took the first meeting in the shoot out, 3-2 on Nov. 5, but San Jose turned the tables on Feb. 11 and beat Detroit in the shootout by the same score.

So now the Sharks will travel to Detroit and the boys are anything but arrogant about entering “The Joe” with a two-game advantage. In four games against the Red Wings this season, San Jose went 1-2-1, 0-10 on the power play.

Although the Sharks have swept the first two games of the Western Conference Semifinals, they know better than to assume it’s in the bag.

“They play so well at home,” said center Manny Malhotra who went 11-5 (69%) in the faceoff circle in Game 2. “It’s going to be the same type of game; emotional, tight checking and we’re going to have to work for our opportunities.”

According to Head Coach Todd McLellan, the Sharks have a tough task ahead of them.

“We know going into their building, they play extremely well there,” said McLellan about preparing for Game 3. “They’ll have a bit of energy because their fans will be behind them. We face a very tough task. There have been many teams that have been up before and haven’t finished the task. Like I said before, I don’t think you can carry momentum from one game to another. You have to re-establish it and we’ll be looking to accomplish that early.”

On Tuesday night the Red Wings will come out desperate. The atmosphere at Joe Louis Arena will be thunderous, but according to Dany Heatley, it won’t be that different than the last two games at HP Pavilion.

“It’s playoff hockey,” said Dany Heatley. “I don’t think it matters where we’re playing. We’ve got to come out and do what we did the first two games; skate, forecheck and hit.”

NEXT GAME
The Sharks fly to Detroit on Monday morning and play Game 3 on Tuesday, May 4 at 4:30 PM PT. The game will be available on CSN-CA in High Definition, 98.5 KFOX FM and SJSHARKS.com.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
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10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 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. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
T. Grosenick 1 1 0 .948 1.53
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