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Game Inside the Game - 5/6/2013

WCQF Game 4: Canucks @ Sharks

Monday, 05.06.2013 / 12:32 PM / News
By Eric Lindquist  - Staff Writer
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Game Inside the Game - 5\/6\/2013

“We are going to have to play desperate hockey for Game 4,” said Joe Pavelski. “We are going to have to (play desperate), to win that 4th game.”

Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice in the 5-2 win in Game 3 and the Sharks now hold a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals as the series continues in San Jose on Tuesday 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 4, let’s take a closer look at the GAME INSIDE THE GAME for the Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks!


LINEUP CHANGES FOR GAME 4?

San Jose: Martin Havlat left after the first period of play in Game 1 with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Tim Kennedy for Game 2. Scott Gomez made his Sharks playoff debut in Game 3 in place of forward Tim Kennedy.

Lines for SJ in Game 3:
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture – Raffi Torres
TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Andrew Desjardins – Joe Pavelski – Tommy Wingels
James Sheppard – Scott Gomez – Adam Burish

Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brad Stuart – Scott Hannan

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Vancouver:
No injuries reported for the Vancouver after Game 3, and goaltender Cory Schneider who missed Games 1 and 2 due to a “body” injury started Game 3, but was pulled midway through the 3rd period after allowing five goals. Tough guy Tom Sestito made his playoff debut by replacing Andrew Ebbett in Game 3.

Lines for VAN in Game 3:

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alex Burrows
Mason Raymond – Derek Roy – Jannik Hansen
Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Zack Kassian
Tom Sestito – Maxim Lapierre – Dale Weise
Dam Hamhuis – Jason Garrison
Alex Edler – Kevin Bieksa
Andrew Alberts – Frank Corrado
Corey Schneider
Roberto Luongo

SPECIAL TEAMS ROCK

“The difference at the end of the night was that we were on the power play for almost 13 minutes,” said Todd McLellan. “We had a big penalty kill early and in return we punished them with our power play.”

The Sharks who had a power play of over 25% on home ice during the regular season, tied a franchise record with three power play goals in Game 3 (3-for-8). Logan Couture set a Sharks playoff record with two power play goals in the same period with two power play strikes in the third period. The Sharks penalty kill went a perfect 2-for-2 in Game 3.

DID YOU KNOW?

*9 seconds… Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored within nine seconds of each other early in the 3rd period to put the Sharks ahead 4-1. The Sharks playoff record for the fastest two goals occurred in 1998 as John MacLean and Ron Sutter scored within eight seconds in a 3-2 loss in Dallas.

*Ahead 3-0…. The Sharks have never swept a seven game series in the Stanley Cup playoffs but have been on the receiving end twice (Chicago in the WCF in 2010 and Detroit in the WSF in 1995).

*The Big Pavelski… Joe Pavelski broke a 14 game playoff goalless drought in Game 3 with his first two goals of the series. Joe now has four 2 goal games in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

*55 and counting…. Patrick Marleau scored his franchise leading 55th playoff goal in Game 3 on Sunday. Joe Pavelski is 2nd with 22 goals.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Sharks are feeling it in a good way heading into Game 4 while the Canucks are feeling it in a bad way. Vancouver was very undisciplined in Game 3 and San Jose was dominant on the power play… a recipe for disaster for the Canucks. Cory Schneider got the start in Game 3 after Roberto Luongo had two solid starts in Games 1 and 2… and now another goaltending controversy in Vancouver! Everything seems to be going San Jose’s way in this series as the Sharks look to close things out on Tuesday.

One last thing… The line on Logan Couture in Game 3: 4 points (2-2-4pts), 3 blocked shots, 3 shots on goal, 2 power play goals, 2 hits, 83% on the face-offs, drew two penalties, +1, 17:23 of ice time.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 63 31 26 12 57
L. Couture 63 21 32 0 53
J. Thornton 59 12 40 -2 52
B. Burns 63 16 30 -4 46
P. Marleau 63 14 31 -16 45
T. Wingels 56 13 15 -5 28
T. Hertl 63 10 14 -3 24
J. Braun 52 1 19 2 20
M. Vlasic 58 7 11 10 18
M. Nieto 53 4 13 -10 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 24 17 7 .912 2.62
A. Stalock 5 7 1 .899 2.85
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