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Focus Immediately Shifts To Game 6

Read Postgame Reactions And Quotes From Both Coaches

Sunday, 05.8.2011 / 10:14 PM PT / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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The San Jose Sharks have no choice but to put Game 5 behind them. It hurts now, and maybe it should after leading 3-1 in the third and losing, but big wins, or big losses, they have to be quickly forgotten until a series is done.

“I left them alone today,” Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan on what he said to the club post game. “We’ve got a long day tomorrow, we’ll be flying for five hours. We’ll get an opportunity to meet. The message that I heard guys talking about (the leaders) was we’ve got to put this behind us and move on. I thought that was an excellent message to be sent throughout the lockerroom. Get your heads up and play again.”

The players reiterated that when they addressed the media.

“We’re still feeling good about ourselves,” Captain Joe Thornton said. “Yeah, it’s a tough loss. We’ve just got to go in and win in Detroit, which we’ve done in the past few days.”

“We’ve got to look at it that we’re up 3-2 in the series and we’re going to Detroit with a chance to win it,” Logan Couture said. “We have to continue to play better and get ready for Game 6.”

GOOD START
The irony of the loss is the Sharks got off to the strong start that hadn’t been there the past few games, dominating the first and second periods of play. San Jose blasted Detroit on the shot clock 42-22, so there is a lot, that if repeated, could benefit the Sharks.

“I believe if we play that way again, reproduce that game, we’ll give ourselves a good opportunity to win, but we’ve got to do that,” McLellan said. “We didn’t play a poor game and that’s hard to swallow. We didn’t give up many opportunities. I thought we actually had some poise and composure in the third period. They took advantage of some of our mistakes.”

The Sharks have had bad outcomes in these playoffs and responded and they aren’t questioning themselves now.

“We’ve got character in here, we’ve shown that before,” Niclas Wallin said. “We’re still in control and we have to like where we are.”

NHL LEADER
Ryane Clowe notched an assist, trying him for the league lead with 13 points (4-9=13) this postseason.

SCORING
Devin Setoguchi scored a goal, giving him four goals in his last three games.

HANG 10

Joe Thornton picked up an assist, giving him ten points (2-8=10) in the last nine games.

SHARKS HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN

“I think you put yourselves in a very dangerous position if you start getting back on your heels against that team, but I don’t think that was the case tonight. We gave up 6 shots in the 3rd period and 3 of them went in.”

RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK

“Obviously Howard got us through the third period. Our D was good and our goaltending was competitive. Howard played real well.”

“Before the third we talked about Howard giving us the opportunity to have a big end here. It’s going to be tough though. I thought we answered back. I thought Pavel (Datsyuk) was unbelievable in the third. And Zetterberg was great the whole game. But we didn’t have enough guys up front tonight.”

“We’re going to be better for sure in Game 6. We are going to take it back to Detroit. We think we played real well here. We probably should have won Game 3 and we didn’t so now we’ve got to go back there and win Game 6.”

NEXT GAME
Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings will be on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and can be found on CSN California, 98.5/102.1 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.





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