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What’s up sports fans? Whew! I’ll say it again, Whew! Sharks get over the hump and prevail to go on to the Western Conference finals by beating the Detroit Redwings 3-2 last night and give Shark fans room to breathe, and we can thank the one guy who’s been getting a rough time in this series Patrick Marleau. After being called “gutless” by his teammate Jeremy Roenick he responded as needed. “He’s a world-class player,” coach Todd McLellan said. “He’s won in a lot of pressure situations. We believe in him that much. He was a difference maker tonight.” I’m glad coach McLellan feels that way, cause a couple of day ago a lot of people didn’t feel that even some of  Marleau’s own teammates. After three straight losses the win comes at the best possible time, when the Sharks really needed it.

I know that no one is going to remind themselves that I said the Sharks are going to win Lord Stanley’s Cup. The road to that victory continues as your San Jose Sharks beat Detroit and will advance to take on the Vancouver Canucks for the Western Conference Championship. This is fitting because this franchise has seen it’s share of disappointing seasons, and now they have a legitimate chance to change the history of their franchise. If I’m Vancouver I’d be a little nervous. Sure the Sharks showed in that last series that they are human, but to find a way to get the series is what matters. Right now they have proven that your going to have to convincingly beat them, you can’t just win a few games and think “We’ve taken away their resolve.

They won’t come back from the way we beat them in that last game.” I got new for ya, Joe Thorton didn’t think so,  “There’s a lot of doubters who said we probably couldn’t do this,” captain Joe Thorton  said. “But that’s two years in a row we beat a pretty good team. We’re a pretty good team now, too.” I don’t think anyone thought San Jose wasn’t a pretty good team, they just wanted to figure out a way to beat the Sharks and be in the position San Jose is in right now.  Detroit now knows what it’s like to have to go into a uphill battle, “It’s not easy being down 3-0 and having to win four games,” Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom  said. “I felt like we had the upper hand. But you never knew the outcome of any game until the end. At the end, it’s still disappointing to win three games and come back here with a chance to win or tie it in the final minutes and then fall short.”

Antii Niemi had one of his best game of the series he stopped 38 shots on 40 attempts which really games San Jose the breathing room to get the job done. Devin Setoguchi scored and Pavel Datsyuk scored for the RedWings but it was Patrick Marleau who delivered when it was really needed.  “It was just nice to have it over and have us on top,” Marleau said. “They played great the whole way through. It was just nice to be able to shake hands and come back in here.” So Sunday May 15 Sharks vs. Canucks who will win? I thinking San Jose. What do you think? Let me know tell me. Remember it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!


What’s up sports fans? I want to take this opportunity to apologize to all those who were following my game by game blogging of the Sharks season. We had a death in the family and it took my attention away so I couldn’t keep up with the last part of the season. On a lighter note the Sharks found themselves in a bit of a pickle. Thursday they have to either end their season or continue their season. In any result we as Shark fans can’t complain. The Sharks have given us one great season.

For Sharks fans who remember the past, this is difficult because in the back of their minds, they’re thinking (Is this going to happen like so many times in the past, we have a good season but can’t get out of second round. God! Please don’t let it happen to us again!) I personally think Shark fans should relax. Okay, I know that’s a tall order but, I just can’t except us going down in defeat this time.  If you remember I blogged back in February that the Sharks were going to win Lord Stanley’s Cup. I still believe they are. Okay even I have to agree, the Detroit Red Wings are a scary bunch of fellows. I mean let’s face it anytime you are down three games to none and you come back and force a game seven, hey that’s pretty impressive.

“It’ll be a new game with both of us having an opportunity,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “We have lots of guys who’ve risen to the occasion many times in their career.” After three straight wins for the Red Wings things aren’t looking so good for the men in teal. One of the reasons Detroit was able to accomplish so much in so little time is that they had they’re backs up against the wall. You’d be surprised what desparation can do to a team, and right now Sharks can’t act cool about Thursday’s game. They have to come out with more score attempts in this game than they’ve shot all season.

“Just ask Detroit. They lost three in a row and their confidence wasn’t frayed,” San Jose forward Joe Thornton  said. “We’re a confident group, still. You work 82 games to get home ice in these Game 7s. Now we just have to make it work.” You can feel the same resiliency this team had earlier in the season, and it will take that same resiliency to help the Sharks win the Stanley Cup. So the question is will the Sharks get the Stanley Cup or will they fold under pressure? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!

What’s up sp0rts fans? Sharks continue to roll. They cause the Columbus Blue Jackets to cool down, handing them a 3-2 loss at home in Columbus. Sharks started out actually behind in the first period with the Blue Jackets putting together two unanswered goals to take a two nothing lead. I’m watching this and I’m thinking, this is going to be hard to come back from a 0-2 deficit.

Guess what? Not for the Sharks. San Jose rallies with two goals. First with Kent Huskins. The second was with Scott Wellwood. Wellwood has been working hard the last couple of games trying to score, and tonight he cemented the idea that hard work pays off. Into the third period it was a back and forth ballet on the ice.

Columbus trying to answer for the two goals that San Jose scored on them, and San Jose not backing off on pressuring the jackets, and it worked. San Jose continue to shoot at Jacket goalie Steve Mason until late in the third period, and finally Patrick Marlowe delivered the game winning goal. Sharks win five in a row, and have won 9 of their last 10. For Sharks fans it’s fun to watch. Tell me what you think? Drop me a line. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!