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Game Inside the Game - 5/19/2013

Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 5:07 PM / News
By Eric Lindquist  - Staff Writer
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Game Inside the Game - 5\/19\/2013

Sharks Power Play continues to sizzle at HP Pavilion

Logan Couture scored a power play goal early in overtime to send the HP Pavilion into a frenzy as the Sharks took a 2-1 win in Game 3 and now trail the best of seven series 2-1 vs. the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Semifinals as the series continues at the HP Pavilion on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on NBCSN / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network.

Lineup changes for Game 4?

San Jose: Martin Havlat left Game 3 after playing 4:25 of the first period for San Jose (first game since getting injured in Game 1 vs. Vancouver). Logan Couture left briefly in the second period after stepping on a puck but returned. Tim Kennedy was a scratch for Havlat. Defenseman Jason Demers is day-to-day and could see action in this series.

"Guys really stepped up," Pavelski said about Game 3. "The fourth line played a lot. Guys stepped up with short shifts. We had good game management. We did a good job."

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Los Angeles: forward Jarret Stoll left Game 1 late in the second period after he was checked by Raffi Torres and did not play in Games 2 or 3 – he was replaced by Brad Richardson. Kyle Clifford and Willie Mitchell are still out with undisclosed injuries. Jordan Nolan did not dress in Game 3 and was replaced by rookie Tanner Pearson who played just 5:44 in his NHL playoffs debut. Keaton Ellerby replaced Alec Martinez on the backend for Game 3.

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Did You Know?:

*HP PP… with two more power play goals on home ice in Game 3, the Sharks are now 8-for-20 on the power play through the first three home playoff games (40%)… the Sharks went 11-for-42 at the HP Pavilion during the 2010 playoff run (26.2%).

*1st time for everything… the San Jose Sharks have never won a series when dropping the first two games of a series. The Sharks have dropped their previous nine series when falling in a 0-2 series hole. San Jose has been swept twice, lost in five games twice, and were eliminated in six games five times in those instances.

*OT Niemi!... with the overtime win in Game 3, Anti Niemi surpassed Evgeni Nabokov for most overtime playoff wins by a Sharks goaltender. Niemi now has eight OT wins with the SJ Sharks… eight of his 14 Sharks’ playoff wins have come in overtime! Overall, Niemi is 11-2 all-time in NHL playoff games with San Jose and Chicago.

*More times than not…seven of the last 11 Game 3’s for the SJ Sharks have gone to overtime. The 2nd longest game in Sharks history occurred in a Game 3. (3-2 loss at 42:24 in Edmonton on May 10, 2006).

*OT vs. Kings… the Sharks are now 4-0 vs. the Kings in playoff overtime games. Four of the five wins vs. the Kings in the playoffs have come in overtime.

The Bottom Line:

"We felt we let one get away in L.A., so we had to come back and answer," said Todd McLellan about the Sharks 2-1OTW in Game 3.

The Sharks are 3-0 at the HP Pavilion with EIGHT power play goals already this post season! San Jose has got to be feeling pretty good heading into Game 4 on Tuesday… but they cannot let their guard down. Game 3 could have easily gone either way (could be said for Games 1 and 2 as well) and the Sharks need to be even better in Game 4. Meanwhile, the Kings may have some déjà vu sneak into their minds from their last series vs. the Blues…. a series in which St. Louis had a 2-0 series lead before the Kings won four straight…. something the Sharks would love to do right back against the Kings!

GO Sharks GO!

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
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
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
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

STATS

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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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