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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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Galiardi-Thornton-Burns
Sheppard-Gomez-Wingels
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Hannan-Stuart

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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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Bernier

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 ANA 12 9 3 0 33 22 18
2 VAN 10 7 3 0 34 29 14
3 NSH 10 6 2 2 26 21 14
4 LAK 11 6 3 2 26 23 14
5 CGY 12 6 4 2 31 27 14
6 SJS 12 6 4 2 38 34 14
7 CHI 10 6 3 1 27 19 13
8 MIN 9 6 3 0 31 17 12
9 DAL 10 4 2 4 33 35 12
10 STL 9 5 3 1 22 18 11
11 COL 11 3 4 4 27 32 10
12 WPG 10 4 5 1 20 26 9
13 EDM 10 4 5 1 27 36 9
14 ARI 9 3 5 1 22 34 7

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Burns 12 4 9 0 13
P. Marleau 12 4 8 0 12
J. Pavelski 12 5 6 5 11
L. Couture 12 5 6 -1 11
J. Thornton 12 3 8 4 11
T. Wingels 12 5 3 -1 8
M. Nieto 12 1 4 2 5
J. Braun 12 0 4 4 4
M. Vlasic 12 2 1 7 3
T. Hertl 12 2 1 0 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 1 2 1 .924 2.22
A. Niemi 5 2 1 .921 2.67
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