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Sharks Get Some Time to Rest Before Round 2

Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 2:12 PM / News
By Jonathan Okanes  - Staff Writer
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Sharks Get Some Time to Rest Before Round 2

For polishing off a four-game sweep of the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the San Jose Sharks earned a date with uncertainty.

The Sharks took care of business so quickly that they now must wait to find out who they will play in the Western Conference Semifinals, and when that series will start.

In the meantime, the Sharks plan on using what should be an extended time off to get Martin Havlat healthy and heal any other nagging ailments that may be running through the roster. They also face the challenge of maintaining the momentum the sweep generated despite not playing another game for several days.

“We’ll try and stay sharp and do what it takes to get some guys rested up,” said San Jose’s Patrick Marleau, who scored the game-winner in overtime Tuesday night to close out the series against Vancouver. “We’ll try and stay sharp and do what it takes to get some guys rested up. We’ll get some ice on the bumps and bruises. When it comes time, we have to be ready.”

If there is any thought that the Sharks clinched the series too early and the layoff could serve as a detriment, coach Todd McLellan isn’t buying it.

“The fact that we came away with a win – we don’t have to get on the plane tomorrow, we get some time to rest – will all work in our favor,” McLellan said. “Going back and looking at the experience, the seven games against Detroit after being up 3-0 (in 2011) didn’t help us going in to the next series. Bumps and bruises add up. We'll probably get the longest break we’ve had since the lockout ended. We’ll get a chance to get healthy as much as we possibly can. We’ll work on some of our game. We haven’t practiced very much.”

The Sharks’ most likely opponents in the next round are either Chicago or the winner of the quarterfinal series between St. Louis and Los Angeles. The Blackhawks, the top seed in the West, are leading their series against Minnesota 3 games to 1. Assuming Chicago holds on to win that series, San Jose’s semifinal foe will depend on the outcome of the series between Anaheim and Detroit, which is currently tied 2 games apiece. If the Ducks win, San Jose would play the Blackhawks. If the Red Wings prevail, they would play Chicago and the Sharks would take on the winner of the Blues-Kings series.

“We’re going to be ready to play whenever we get the chance,” Sharks center Joe Pavelski said. “We get a few extra days and we’ll take it from there.”

The Sharks went 0-3 against the Blackhawks during the regular season, getting outscored 11-5. But the teams haven’t met since Feb. 22. San Jose was 1-2 against the Blues, splitting games in St. Louis while losing in overtime at home. The Sharks and Kings split their four meetings during the regular season, with three of the games being decided by one goal, including one shootout.

“Just get lots of rest,” San Jose’s Joe Thornton said about the layoff. “When practice comes around, work hard and get ready. Watch some games. I’m sure we’ll see lots of video. But we’ll get our rest and get healthy.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
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 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 62 31 25 12 56
L. Couture 62 21 32 2 53
J. Thornton 58 12 40 -2 52
B. Burns 62 16 29 -3 45
P. Marleau 62 13 31 -14 44
T. Wingels 55 12 15 -5 27
T. Hertl 62 10 14 -3 24
J. Braun 51 1 19 3 20
M. Vlasic 57 7 11 10 18
M. Karlsson 33 9 7 4 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 24 16 7 .913 2.62
A. Stalock 5 7 1 .899 2.85
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