White Continues To Shine

Ian White Gets His First Postseason Goal In Game 2

Sunday, 05.01.2011 / 8:24 PM / News
By Tony Khing  - Staff Writer
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White Continues To Shine
When Coach Todd McLellan was asked in the post-Game 2 presser about Ian White’s power play goal in the first period, he got right to the point.

“That’s what we brought him here for – to shoot the puck,” McLellan said of the defenseman who was acquired from Carolina on Feb. 18, “and he did a very good job.”

White’s goal at 4:54 of the first period of Sunday’s Western Conference Semifinal game vs. Detroit would be his only official shot of the game (he was credited with two misses). In fact, White’s shot total on Sunday was his fewest in five games. Before today, he had taken 14 shots in his previous four – including six in Game 1 vs. Detroit on Friday.

“It’s hard to get shots to the net,” White said. “You have to make them count when you get the opportunity.”

White has made many contributions since coming to the Sharks – not just in Sunday’s 2-1 win. He’s played at least 20 minutes in four of his seven playoff games, which helps support Dan Boyle, San Jose’s other offensively talented defenseman. White knows how to get the puck out of his zone to start the rush and he gets pucks to the net, which is what McLellan is looking for from his blueliners.

“He’s a guy who’s very good offensively,” said Dany Heatley, who got the primary assist on White’s goal. “He can shoot the puck, he’s a right-handed shot, moves really well and can make plays out of our end. He’s been real good for us.”

“He’s a small guy (White is 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds), but he gets into battles,” said defensive partner Niclas Wallin. “We’ve been pretty good together. He’s a righty (right-handed shot) and I’m a lefty, which works out pretty good (their stick blades can point towards the middle, which helps when shooting at the net). He’s a good player.”

White’s goal gave the Sharks early momentum before the home crowd at HP Pavilion. Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader was called for a high stick at 3:11 and considering Detroit’s problems on the penalty kill in the postseason (they entered the semifinals ranked 16th out of the 16 playoff teams), San Jose was at a great advantage.

Heatley got the puck on the right wing and moved towards the bottom of the right faceoff circle. He turned right on his forehand, saw White open on the right point and passed him the puck. “The guy (Red Wings forward Darren Helm) came down pretty hard on me,” Heatley said. “So I knew Whitey was all alone. They (Detroit forwards) do a pretty good job of collapsing to the net. I just threw it back there knowing he would be there.”

Heatley, being a goal scorer, could’ve gone strong to the net to shoot or forced the puck towards the slot and create a rebound opportunity. White, being a good hockey player, was ready for anything. “You never know what to expect from guys with that kind of caliber,” White said. “They’re always making some sort of move to get open or find the open guy. You always have to be ready.”

White took a few steps to his left and saw that Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard was giving him the stick side on the left. White wound up for the shot and placed the puck top shelf. What also helped White was that Logan Couture was standing in front of Howard, providing him with a great screen.

Of course, Couture’s screen played a role in White’s goal. So did the big hole on Howard’s stick side.

“I saw quite a bit of net on that one,” White said. “Their winger (Helm, who was chasing Heatley) was off his angle. Most of the time, you don’t get opportunities like that, but it’s nice to get a wide open look.”

“He made a great shot,” Heatley said.

Everything’s been great for White in the postseason. Aside from missing Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Los Angeles after taking a hit from Jarret Stoll in Game 1, the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been a fun time for White.

“He’s smiling every day,” Wallin said. “It’s his first playoffs and he’s doing really good.”

“It’s been outstanding,” White said. “It’s been a blast so far.”




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


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
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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