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Sharks Have 5 OT Wins

Close Victories Are Part Of The Sharks DNA

Thursday, 05.05.2011 / 2:00 AM / News
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Sharks Have 5 OT Wins
The San Jose has now won three consecutive one-goal games this series and dating back to 2010 against Detroit, San Jose’s last seven postseason wins against the Wings have been by a single tally. Team Teal has also captured five overtime victories in this postseason and keeps proving their metal night in and night out.

“Overtime has been a big part of our success so far,” Devin Setoguchi said. “It was tough tonight. They really had their feet moving and were winning the battles. That late goal gave us the extra surge going into overtime.”

Still a long ways away, but comparisons are being made to the Montreal Canadiens club that captured 10 overtime wins en route to a Stanley Cup title.

“If we get five more overtime wins, that would be something special,” Captain Joe Thornton said.

Ryane Clowe may be the most familiar Sharks player with that historic Canadiens club.

“I got that video for Christmas and watched it a million time when I was a Montreal Canadiens fan growing up,” Clowe said. “I could probably tell you every guy who scored every goal. I thought about it in my head, but didn’t let it creep in. I don’t know if I want to get to 10. Winning in regulation would be better.”

San Jose keeps displaying a coolness to their game that exudes confidence in every situation. This is a veteran club that has experienced the range of playoff emotions in many times over.

“You can’t panic, there are too many of us old guys in here,” Dan Boyle joked. “We’ve been in that situation before. You’ve definitely got to elevate your play. There was no sense of panic.”

DETROIT’S BEST
The Sharks players and coaches were quick to give credit to Detroit for playing their best game of the series.

“They played well,” Thornton said. “They outshot us for a little bit and their power play was very, very good tonight. We knew they were going to come out and play strong and they did. They are a very tough team to beat here in Detroit.”

“It was their best night (of the series) and probably not ours,” Boyle said. “We still found a way to win. The power play came up huge and the penalty kill, that was a big kill in overtime. Our penalty kill finds a way.”

San Jose knew consistently controlling play against the Wings would be more difficult on the road.

“They probably outplayed us a little bit and were harder in the areas we were in Games 1 and 2,” Ryane Clowe said. “You’re not going to play a perfect series.”

San Jose surrendered three goals on the night, but it could have been more, and a loss, had Antti Niemi not been on top of his game.

“At the end of the day, when Nemo makes big saves at the right time, it lets you stay in games,” Clowe said. “We’ve got confidence we can come back and that we can put the puck in the net.”

Niemi and the Sharks defense were at their best when killing off an overtime penalty.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” Niemi said. “I think we were able to keep the pressure up so they didn’t have too many really good open chances. It’s been great, we’ve been able to step our game at the most important moments.”

ANNIVERSARY
They attempted not to focus on it, but there was knowledge in the Sharks dressing room that they were playing on the anniversary of their come-from-behind victory in Detroit last year.

“I think all the guys would be lying if they said they didn’t think about that a bit, especially when you’re on the bench and you’re down 3-2,” Clowe said. “You’re looking for that shot and Boyler’s had about six looks like that and it was only a matter of time before it went in. It crossed our mind when we got in the dressing room, let’s do it again.”

What the Sharks don’t want to repeat is the Game 4 loss that cost them the sweep last year in the Motor City.

“It’s completely irrelevant and I hope it is because we took one heck of a licking in Game 4 last year,” McLellan said.

3-0
When all was said and done, everyone in both lockerrooms understood the difference between San Jose being up one game and being up three games.

“That’s huge, it would be almost even if it was 2-1, but it’s 3-0,” Niemi said. “We’ll be sure we’re ready the next game.”

DID IT OR DIDN’T IT?
When Boyle tied the contest late in the third period, he didn’t begin celebrating as one might expect for a goal of that magnitude. He simply wasn’t confident the puck crossed the line on first glance.

“I’m pretty sure it hit his glove, so it was one of those, are you? Oh, o.k.,” Boyle said. “I haven’t been very lucky as far as goal scoring this year and this series. I just wasn’t sure for a second.”

MISSING
Logan Couture’s parents couldn’t make the game because of expired passports, but their son noted they were probably cheering a bit from their home.

“I’m sure they were right by the TV and my dad was going crazy when we scored, probably jumping up and down” Couture said.

NEXT GAME
Game 4 will be Friday at 4 p.m. and will be on Versus, 98.5/102.1 FM and www.sjsharks.com.




SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 34 23 9 2 106 67 48
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 WPG 34 17 10 7 83 80 41
7 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 32 14 13 5 95 109 33
12 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 34 7 20 7 74 116 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Couture 34 13 16 4 29
J. Thornton 34 8 21 2 29
J. Pavelski 34 15 13 5 28
P. Marleau 34 7 20 -1 27
B. Burns 34 10 16 -2 26
T. Wingels 34 9 14 1 23
T. Hertl 34 7 7 -3 14
J. Braun 34 1 12 7 13
M. Vlasic 33 4 6 12 10
J. Sheppard 28 4 6 0 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 4 3 1 .926 2.12
A. Niemi 14 7 3 .917 2.42
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