Sharks Take 2-0 Series Lead

San Jose Takes Confidence, Momentum On The Road To Detroit

Sunday, 05.1.2011 / 5:19 PM PT / 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 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

STATS

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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