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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 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 48 24 18 10 42
L. Couture 48 18 24 2 42
J. Thornton 44 10 27 0 37
B. Burns 48 11 24 -6 35
P. Marleau 48 9 24 -10 33
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
T. Hertl 48 8 9 -2 17
M. Vlasic 47 6 10 13 16
J. Sheppard 42 4 9 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 19 11 5 .912 2.57
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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