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Early Deficit Costs San Jose

The Sharks Plan A Better Start In Game 5

Friday, 05.06.2011 / 11:55 PM / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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Early Deficit Costs San Jose
Friday night’s 4-3 loss in Game 4 allowed Detroit to extend the Western Conference Semifinal series another game, but the Sharks showed a lot of fortitude after falling behind 3-0 in the first period.

“We showed some heart, we showed some character, we fought back,” Dan Boyle said. “Unfortunately at the end they showed more poise than we did and got the winning goal.”

“I liked the fact that we were resilient when we weren’t playing very well,” Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan said. “That’s a positive we’ll take from the game. We found a way to claw ourselves back into it.”

A magical comeback feeling was in the air when San Jose tied the affair, similar to Game 3 in Los Angeles in Round 1.

“It felt good when we scored in the third,” Clowe said of the club finding the tying goal. “I thought we (would) do it there.”

While happy with the consistent surge after they fell behind, no one was happy that they started so slowly.

“Again, early in the game, and even throughout the second period, we didn’t have very good legs tonight. It was hard to find six or seven guys that really skated well and Detroit (had more),” McLellan said. “They won a lot of races to loose pucks and they established body position over loose pucks and did a better job of it than we did. They deserve full marks for the win. They were the better team. We’ve got to go home and regroup and be better in that area.”

The players agreed with their bench boss.

“It’s funny because we harped so much about being good on the walls and having some composure early,” Clowe said. “It kind of went the opposite (way). We didn’t have our coverage and weren’t very good on the boards in our own end. They had a lot of momentum.”

“One could argue we lost that game the first 17-18 minutes,” Boyle said. “We were a little sloppy defensively and (they had) a couple of weird goals. A backwards spin-o-rama and a guy bats one out of the air. The second one, somehow I got tangled up.”

San Jose’s power play, which was so key in Game 3, couldn’t find the necessary luck when it had two third period opportunities to take the lead.

“We came back and kept going. We had a couple of power plays in the third and didn’t get too much. It would have been a good opportunity,” Clowe said. “The power play was there the last game and the PK was there tonight, so we’ve got to get them together.”

SPLIT
Upon first glance, there wasn’t much satisfaction in taking one of two in the Motor City.

“We wanted to finish it tonight,” Boyle said. “We won the first one here and I’m not happy with a split. I don’t think anyone in here is.”

Upon further review, the Sharks do have a prime opportunity to close out the powerful Wings at HP Pavilion.

“We have an opportunity to win at home,” McLellan said. “We’re going to learn from this one. We’re going to go back and work on our game tomorrow and be better. Recovery from a lopsided loss or one by one goal, it doesn’t matter. You lost the game and move on.”

“We came in here and got a split and we’re still in command 3-1,” Clowe said. “We won the last game and lost tonight in the last minute and we weren’t close to being on top of our game. Give them credit, they’re a good team.”

The Sharks squad knows they’ll need a strong start, no matter where Game 5 is played.

“We need to get back to work and use our home ice to our advantage and get back to starting quickly and playing well,” Boyle said.

NEXT GAME
Game 5 will be at 5 p.m. at HP Pavilion and will on Versus, 98.5/102.1 FM and www.sjsharks.com.







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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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
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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

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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
 
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A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
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