Sharks Have Cold Duck For Dinner. San Jose 4- Anaheim-2

Posted: April 18, 2011 in San Jose Sharks

What’s up sports fans? The Sharks maybe looking into their playoff mirror. The had the Anaheim Ducks, which maybe a familiar team they’ll see again in the playoffs. If this game is a preview to that playoff future, we Shark fans will take it. Sharks didn’t want to give any psychological edge to the Ducks, so they took that away by beating them 4-2.   “We were talking about how we worked so hard as of late to get back on top of our division,” Setoguchi said. “Just to let it slip like that and have a bad period wasn’t something we wanted to do. We worked so hard and it’s so easy to fall right back into a hole. That was the talk we had and it worked.” Devin Setoguchi was right, because come back was what the Sharks had to do to get this one.

San Jose was down 2-0 and it looked like a familiar scene that Shark fans have seen all to often, and that is after having played well they just can’t seem to close the deal.  “It’s that time of year right now where we have got to prepare them, we have got to motivate them, but ultimately they need to decide how much of an input that have in each of the games and I thought they responded well in the second and third,” coach Todd McLellan said. Instead it’s was what head coach Todd McLellan wanted to see out of his guys and that is to learn to don’t give up, as long as there is time, then there is a way to get the win. It’s something that we as Shark fans hope our guys in teal will remember when they are out there on the ice.

The playoffs are the best that the NHL can offer, and so our guys deserve to be there, but to take home Lord Stanley’s Cup they are going to have to play both mentally and physically above  the competition to prove to the league why its their time. If they give up in the closing seconds of a heated match up it will be just another year that the fans, sports writers, and other teams in this league will say “Hey man it’s the Sharks.” In the game Patrick Marleau put in two goals and Dany Heatly scored also, his 25th goal of the 2011 campaign. “I was going to shoot the first one from Patty,” Setoguchi said. “I didn’t think he was going to pass it to me and I wasn’t ready for it. I knew Dan would pump and give it back to me. I had a chance earlier where I had a miss-hit and it went off the pad. I knew I had to try to get it upstairs, and I got one.” The team play in this one was amazing to watch.

It’s as if they’ve found a way synchronize each others movements on the ice, with 5:21 remaining and Devin Setoguchi gets the tie breaker which allowed the momentum to shift San Jose’s way. The win also allowed the Sharks to stay a point ahead of Detroit for the No.2 spot in the Western Conference with only four games remaining in the season. This will be the fifth straight season San Jose will have  a 100 point mark. If the Sharks can beat Los Angeles at home on Monday night they will clinch their fourth straight division title. The Ducks have won 7 of 8 to move into seventh place in the conference  standings, Bobby Ryan put one in the net and so did Lubomir Visnovsky. “We’re going to have play a full 60 minutes against a team like that,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “We were unable to do that tonight.”

It’s the full 60 minutes that I wrote about earlier in this blog, that the Sharks did tonight that allowed them to get the win. It’s that type of resiliency that they have shown all season that’s going to allow them the right to raise Lord Stanley’s Cup for this season. Antii Niemi had 20 saves on 22 shots which gave him another victory after his 33rd consecutive start, and for the Ducks goalie Ray Emery had 29 saves on 32 shots in their loss.  “I was going to shoot the first one from Patty,” Setoguchi said. “I didn’t think he was going to pass it to me and I wasn’t ready for it. I knew Dan would pump and give it back to me. I had a chance earlier where I had a miss-hit and it went off the pad. I knew I had to try to get it upstairs, and I got one.”

Marleau put in his 37th goal of the season on an empty net with one minute to play and the game was all but over. Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle felt some of San Jose’s playing got out of hand, “Blake has no helmet on, and (Ryane) Clowe hits him in the head with his stick. That’s what starts it,” Carlyle said. “Two players are kind of mugging one another and we come out of it with a disadvantage. So I felt it’s a chicken call in a tight hockey game. … And then Doug Murray takes a run at Visnovsky from halfway across the ice. I counted the steps, he took five steps, I just watched it. He comes halfway across the rink to run at the guy. But that’s OK.”

There is no question that these two teams have a heated rivalry and what is also interesting is that they will probably meet again in the playoffs. Sharks need to stay sharp like they did tonight and keep that winning momentum going. Todd McLellan did get his 150th win and continued to cement his ability to produce winning franchises, question is can the Sharks take it all the way or fall short like other season ago? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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