Sharks Continue Streak At 8 Wins, Beat Detroit 3-1

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

What’s up sports fans? There’s an age old proverb in sports, “When you hot, you’re hot!” The Sharks right now are searing hot. 8 straight wins and in first place in the Pacific Western Division, and improve to 38-21-6, with 82pts. In this game it was Dany Heatley who  supplied the offense and  Antii Niemi who was at the  core of San Jose’s  defense. When you watch San Jose there isn’t one guy that you can put your finger on night after night to defend against. One night it could be Logan Couture, next night it could be Joe Thorton, Joe Pavelski or it could be Ryan Clowe and tonight it was Dany Heatley.

This team is well balanced, and it shows with different players performing  every night. “It’s fun to play them,” Heatley said. “We really respect them. Tonight you could feel it in the crowd. The fans were really into it. It’s getting to that point at the end of the year coming toward the playoffs. You can feel the fans get excited. Against a team like Detroit, we notice it for sure.” Heatley scored two goals his 24th and 25th of the season, Antii Niemi finished with 26 saves, and you have to credit San Jose’s offense. If Niemi only let 1 goal out of 26 saves get by him,  it means that San Jose’s offense is keeping the pressure on opposing teams defense.

Detroit did respond on a goal from #96 Tomas Holstrom. Heatley used his backcheck skill to break up a 2-on-1 break toward Antii Niemi, which heatley stay with it and broke up the play.  “I would have loved to have seen him score the third one, but he got the two that counted,” coach Todd McLellan said. “I’m sure that will help his confidence and he’ll feel better about his game.” Both teams played pretty evenly. In just about every category the two teams were even, except two and they are on hits and face offs.  It is nice to see San Jose dominate on face offs, they had 37 to Detroit’s 25. Patrick Marleau scored a unassisted goal in the third period with 3:58 to play.

“The bottom line is we have to skate better than we did tonight as a group,” coach Mike Babcock said. “Our big guys in particular have to skate better, but they played hard minutes last night. But the bottom line is we think we can skate better as a team and we can spend more time in the offensive zone. But I wasn’t disappointed in our effort tonight.” With Joe Pevelski, Dany Heatley, Joe Thorton, Logan Couture, Ryan Clowe, and the stopper Antii Niemi all contributing each night it can make having a defensive scheme for the Sharks very difficult. The real question is can the Sharks play the same way in the playoffs. Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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