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Sharks Take 2-0 Series Lead

San Jose Takes Confidence, Momentum On The Road To Detroit

Sunday, 05.01.2011 / 8:19 PM / News
By Jim Sparaco
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Sharks Take 2-0 Series Lead
By virtue of their hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday afternoon, the San Jose Sharks have captured the first two games in their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series to take a 2-0 series lead over the Red Wings and to take confidence and momentum on the road as the series now shifts to the Motor City for games 3 and 4.

“It’s huge. Up 2-0 vs. the spilt gives us a lot of confidence,” said Sharks defenseman Ian White. “Going into their barn, we’re playing as well as we’ve been playing all year. We’ve got lots of confidence and we’re going to go in there feeling good about ourselves.”

Taking an early 2-0 lead in the series is also especially satisfying for the Sharks knowing that Detroit was one of the better road teams in the NHL during the 2010-11 regular season compiling an impressive 26-11-4 record on the road.

But while the early series lead has given the Sharks a level of confidence, a sense of satisfaction is still a long ways away as the team knows that there is much work to be done and that a trip into Joe Louis Arena won’t be easy.

“We did the job at home,” added Sharks forward Dany Heatley. “Now they’re gonna come hard. We were in the same position last year. Nothing changes. Nothing changed after game one. We’ll just make some adjustments and get back out there for Game 3.”

The best-of-seven series now shifts to Detroit where the Red Wings will look to even the series. During the regular season, the Red Wings finished with an impressive 21-14-6 record at home although the Sharks captured both regular season meetings in Detroit with a 5-2 win on December 6 and a 4-3 victory on February 22. Although the Sharks have now run their record to an impressive 5-1 in the head-to-head match-up against the Central Division Champs, nobody in the Sharks locker room is taking the remainder of the series lightly.

Likewise, the Red Wings, who don’t feel that they have yet played to the best of their abilities in the series, will look to even things out at Joe Louis Arena.

“We’ve gotta keep on ‘em. Keep finding a way to get involved and be as disciplined as we can. ” said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock. “Now we’re going home. We’ll have our crowd. We’ve gotta do something.”

And the Sharks know that there is a lot of hockey left to be played if they want to advance to Round 3.

“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” said Sharks defenseman Jason Demers. “This team (Detroit) can turn it around at anytime. We’re happy with the win. We played really well. But we’re going into a good building in Detroit and we’ve gotta be ready to go because they for sure are going to be waiting for us.”

The Sharks will travel to Detroit on Monday morning in preparation for Games 3 and 4 of the series to be played Wednesday, May 4 at 5 p.m. and Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena.

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STANDINGS

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

STATS

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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