Game Inside the Game - 5/2/2013

WCQF Game 2: Sharks @ Canucks

Thursday, 05.2.2013 / 8:50 AM PT / News
By Eric Lindquist  - Staff Writer
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Game Inside the Game - 5\/2\/2013

Hockey Gods with San Jose… for now!

"The hockey gods were with me on that one," Dan Boyle said about his GWG at 9:17 of the 3rd period in the 3-1 win in Game 1 at Vancouver.

The San Jose Sharks get look to take a 2-0 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Friday at 7pm! Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on CSNCA-HD / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network.

Each game day, SJSHARKS.COM will take a look at the “Game inside the Game” as the Sharks continue their quest toward the Stanley Cup! Line matchups, player vs. player battles, head-to-head stats, and key figures highlighted each game day!

Before Game 2, let’s take a closer look at the GAME INSIDE THE GAME for the Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks!


Lineup changes for Game 2?

San Jose: Martin Havlat left after the first period of play in Game 1 with an undisclosed injury. James Sheppard played on the 4th line in place of Scott Gomez in Game 1. No announcement of any changes yet for Game 2 on Friday.

Vancouver: no injuries reported for the Vancouver after Game 1, however there is still a question on the health of goaltender Cory Schneider who missed Game 1 due to a “body” injury.

Bounces going San Jose’s Way

The Sharks played a complete game to take a 1-0 series lead over Vancouver. With both teams expecting a long series it is important to note that Raffi Torres (6 hits) and Tommy Wingels (5 hits) led the way physically for the Sharks to set the tone which led to some hard working bounces going the Sharks way…. including the game winning goal by Dan Boyle midway through the 3rd period.

Did you Know?

*Visions of 1995?.... the Sharks have not gone ahead 2-0 in a series that started on the road since winning Game 1 and 2 at the Saddledome in Calgary in 1995. San Jose took Game 1 5-4 with Jamie Baker grabbing the game winner followed by a 5-4OTW in Game 2 on May 9, 1995 on an Ulf Dahlen game winner at 12:21 in OT. The Sharks went on to win that series 4-3.

*Road Winners… the Sharks were the first team in the Stanley Cup playoffs to win on the road. After the first two days, the home teams had a 5-1 record.

*Lot’s of ice…Marc-Edouard Vlasic led all San Jose skaters in Game 1 with 23:21 worth of ice time while

Alexander Edler led the Canucks with 27:50 of ice time.

*53 and counting…. Patrick Marleau scored his franchise leading 53rd playoff goal in Game 1 on Wednesday. Joe Pavelski is 2nd with 20 goals.

The Bottom Line:

The Sharks played a fantastic road game with terrific goaltending by Antti Niemi and timely goal scoring. Look for the Sharks to pick it up a gear in Game 2 as they are in great position to take a 2-0 series lead before heading home to San Jose. The Canucks had strong goaltending as well with Roberto Luongo making 25 saves in goal but San Jose played like a team that wanted to win Game 1 ( SJ won 40 of 70 face-offs, blocked 15 shots to Vancouver’s 11, and only has two giveaways the entire game (Vancouver had 8)). If the Sharks put forth the same effort in Game 2…. they will be in good shape!

One last thing… Antti Niemi lists his hockey idol as Arturs Irbe. It was Arturs Irbe in goal for the San Jose Sharks in their last two game road sweep to kick off a playoff series on the road in Calgary in 1995.

GO SHARKS GO!

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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