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What’s up sports fans? Well it happened.  This is a hard place to be in mentally. If your wondering why it’s because last month I wrote in my blog that the San Jose Sharks would win Lord Stanley’s Cup. Now I have to eat crow, because just two days ago San Jose fell to the Vancouver Canucks 4 games to 1. One thing for sure the Sharks deserve a huge round of applause. They held on during the regular season threw countless injuries and still was able to capture the Pacific Western Division title. They also stood their ground, or I should say Ice, tough and advance all the way to the Western Conference Finals. We here in the Bay Area should be proud of our guys in Teal.

They represented our region of the hockey world in style. So to head coach Todd McLellan, Joe Thorton, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatly, Ryan Clowe, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi, Antii Niemi, Kyle Wellwood, Danny Boyle, Ben Eager, Torrey Mitchell, and the rest of the men in Teal. I know that the rest of the San Jose faithful is with me when I say thank you for a great season and for giving us something to look forward to in the 2011-2012 season. We watched the ups and the downs of this year but all in all I have to give credit to the Vancouver Canucks. Thanks to them I have to shut my mouth until next year and remember to be quite until the Stanley Cup is won. This is hard for me.

I’m sure it’s even harder for those of us who have been Shark fans from the beginning. I have to admit I haven’t always been a Sharks fan. Actually I haven’t been a hockey fan at all. This year the way the Sharks played made me a fan. This is why I know most of the sports writers will want to write the haunting memories of playoff Sharks losses. They’ll write things like, “This has been the worst playoff loss in Sharks history.”, or “Sharks taste disappointing defeat at the hands of Vancouver.” I learned from this years Western Conference Finals that it doesn’t matter what anyone writes. See I,  like most writers aren’t on the Ice. I don’t know what it feels like to stop a hockey puck at 120 mph., or whatever speed it’s coming at me.

No I don’t know what it’s like the checked against the boards. This series taught me that if you want to write something degrading about the way these guys played this season, then get on the Ice and see if you can stop Logan Couture on a power play. Try to look at a designed play from head coach Todd McLellan and succeed against some of the best defensemen in the Pacific Western Division. Stop Joe Thorton from scoring on you. I’d like to see just one of the hockey sports writers try to be Antii Niemi for just 3 minutes. Doesn’t sound easy does it? Your right it’s not. It took great stamina and resilency for the Sharks to win the division title let alone get the Western Conference Finals.

They didn’t bring home the Cup this time, but the future is as bright as that light blue teal on their jerseys. I say Hat Tricks off the 2010-2011 San Jose Sharks, they made us proud to be a San Jose Shark! What do you think? Give me your side of this story. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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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 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!


 

What’s up sports fans? Well it’s done. Sharks have clinch a playoff berth by beating the Dallas Stars 6-0. I am almost certain that Dallas was hoping for a win with good play of course, then maybe they thought “Well as well as the Sharks are playing maybe we’ll give ’em a good game and they’ll find a way to win like they’ve been doing all season.”, but I’m almost certain they didn’t expect to lose like this. Let us not forget this is a franchise that had to claw it’s way back to playoff contention two months ago. Regardless of how they got here, the main issue is they have arrived, and it could’ve have come at a better time. This is a team that has put together the most wins in the Pacific Western division and has earned a legitimate shot at Lord Stanley’s Cup.

I’ve already blogged on how I really believe this year is the years Lord Stanley’s Cup shall reside in San Jose. I believe it because this team just has too much depth to lose. Look at the way they beat the North Stars. Antii Niemi had a perfect game, he made 29 saves on 29 shots, it’s his sixth shutout this season. Patrick Marleau unleashes 2 goals to keep Dallas at bay the entire game, they weren’t even in this one. This is San Jose’s seventh straight playoff appearance, Shark fans I know you are excited, cause I know I am. Listen to me people as I tell you again, “SHARKS ARE GOING TO WIN LORD STANLEY’S CUP! DID I STUTTER!” “I like where our team is at right now with the pressure we’ve had to play with the last two months,” coach Todd McLellan said. “We’ve never had the opportunity to put it on cruise control and I don’t want us to push that button at all. I want us to keep going so when that tournament does start, we’re at the top of our game and not trying to find it.”

Dallas is wondering about it’s playoffs hopes with this loss, they are three points behind Chicago and if the pendulum weight shifts anything could happen. “They were more ready than we were,” defenseman Stephane Robidas said. “They crashed the net and put the puck in. I don’t now how to explain it except tonight they were the better team. It’s as simple as that. They made plays and jumped at us early.” San Jose got good ice play from Logan Couture, and Dan Boyle. With goal support from Marc- Edouard Vlasic and Ben Eager. This is they way the Sharks have been playing all season, and maybe that’s why they are in the playoffs because of the fact you really can’t put your finger on any one player night after night.

Maybe their leading scorer goes down and someone else come in and does the job, or maybe the guy who been consistent gets hurt and your thinking, “Okay he’s out so now we don’t have to worry about him.”, all of sudden the very next game he’s back and he’s playing harder like he was never injured in the first place. “It’s been like this the last four or five weeks,” captain Joe Thorton  said. “Everyone has been contributing. It’s a whole team right now.” So San Jose is poised and ready. I hope you are, cause I am. If the Sharks can find a way to win the Stanley Cup, do you realize we will have to sport franchises in the Bay Area with a championship in just one year. I bet the guys at ESPN aren’t ready for that, but we in the San Francisco Bay Area are., Go Sharks! Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


 

What’s up sports fans? Do ya kinda get the sense that the Sharks own the Coyotes? I’m only asking that because they continue to beat them month after month. They beat them in January, February, and here we are in the end of March. San Jose apparently wasn’t going to let the Shark fans down, and they should be happy because they got a rare treat. San Jose continued it’s pursuit of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Cup itself by beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1. All this was going on and really it was a back drop to what was going on as far as the Coyotes business affairs played out. A lot of Phoenix fans are not happy that the organization is seeking to sell the franchise to Chicago business man Matthew Hulsizer. I guess I can appreciate that, I mean if the someone told me last year and they did that they’re was a possibility the Golden State Warriors, I’d be upset.

I’d also be upset about losing  San Francisco 49ers, Giants or San Jose Sharks were being sold I’d be pretty upset about that too because I root for those teams. And look just because I didn’t say anything about Oakland Raiders or A’s doesn’t mean I would’nt be upset about those teams also cause I would. I love all our bay area franchises, so I can appreciate where the Phoenix fans are coming from. But we Shark fans would still love to watch our Sharks beat Phoenix, and so they did. It started with Logan Couture he had two goals to really set the tone for his rookie season. His goals also made a good argument for the Calder Trophy which he and his Shark teammates believe he should win. what was also interesting is what I’ve been blogging about. Now I know my readers are going to probably get board with me saying this but this is yet another situation where the team with the most shots didn’t win the game.

Phoenix out shot the Sharks 32-27. Antii Niemi had 26 saves, which allowed the Sharks to capture an impressive win, “We noticed Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was not seeing the puck all that well, so just fired on net,” Couture said. “(Bryzgalov) is one of the best in the league, but with the kind of night he was having, we wanted to put as many pucks on net as possible.” The win gave the Sharks a 4pt. lead over the Coyotes for the 1st place position in the Pacific West division. It also gave Antii Niemi his 31st win of the season. Ryan Clowe scored along with Joe Pavelski. It’s to write about a franchise that is winning like this. San Jose in it’s last ten games has gone 6-1 and 3. “We weren’t good enough in any area,” said Coyotes captain Shane Doan. “They kind of controlled play and we have to be better than what we showed, and we know that.”

Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes on a deflection by fellow Coyote Derek Morris, once it deflected in front of Boedker he smashed it by Niemi for the go ahead score.  “I’m disappointed because we didn’t leave everything on the ice,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. “I didn’t see enough desperation in this game.” San Jose improved to 46-23-9, and they are in the drivers seat going into the playoffs.  “Logan has been a catalyst, and at times, carried this team,” McLellan said. “He has given contributions from everywhere, from scoring, to winning faceoffs and penalty killing. For Logan to reach 30 goals is a great reward for a heck of a good season to this point.” He’s definitely correct about Couture, but you can’t overlook the contributions the Sharks produce every game as a team.

Dan Boyle, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Ryan Clowe, Pattrick Marlowe, Antii Niemi and the rest of the team, these guys leave it on the ice. San Jose has given it’s  fans a great season and that’s what should be appreciated throughout the tenure of this franchise. We as Bay Area hockey fans can’t complain. Some teams never get this close, don’t put up these kind of winning percentage, but we in the Bay Area have been hockey blessed, or have we. Okay I’m going to go out there and say it, “SHARKS ARE GOING TO WIN THE STANLEY CUP!” Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


 

 

What’s up sports fans? Well you know what they say, ” You can eat all the cake.” Actually I don’t think they say that. San Jose losses to the L.A. Kings 4-3 in a shootout in the fifth round by the Kings captain Dustin Brown. With the playoffs looming nearby the Sharks let one get by them that allowed the Kings to stay tied with the Nashville Predators and be just 5pts. behind San Jose. Each game is crucial for San Jose now because of the point differential. The Sharks don’t want any teams getting playoff availability simply because of them losing to teams that are in contention for a playoff spot. Dustin Brown of the Kings is one of those players that can smell playoff redemption with each win, “It’s nice to score some goals for this team,” Brown said. “That’s the spark we needed on the power play. But we need to tighten up defensively. There’s no way we can give up that goal to them. Those are the type of plays that’ll come back to haunt you.”

But we have to keep things real for a moment. After all there’s no need to panic, but for die hard Shark fans it does bring a little worry to them. See Shark fans know this situation all too much.  They remember the many times this franchise went to the playoffs smelled the Stanley Cup and watched another team come and take it away. L.A. Kings coach Terry Murray enjoyed the win, “I’m not disappointed and I’m not surprised that stuff like that happens,”  said Murray. “I’m watching games in this league right now, and it is incredible what has been happening late in games. We would love to have it shut down when you have a face off with 11 seconds left. But they’ve got some very good players and got the bounce that they needed.” Joe Pavelski put the puck through the net which allowed San Jose to move into a tie with the Detroit Red Wings for second place because of the consolation point during the loss.  L. A. Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell scored and 2 assists were supplied by Alex Martinez.

The Kings goalie stopped 25 attempts by the Sharks on 28 shots which helped the Kings seal the win, and this is back to what I had blogged before concerning previous Shark games, and that is that this game is a clear cut example that just because you shoot more doesn’t necessarily mean you win more games, but it gives you a better opportunity. We out shot the Kings and still lossed.  Patrick Marleau had another sensational game during a difficult loss. He scored twice, which was nice to look at because he’s been one of their go to guys all season. “Patty’s really played well lately and he’s scored big goals for our team,” coach Todd McLellan said. “I thought that even from the beginning of the game, he showed up to play. But I thought we were missing some players early. You can’t win at this time of the year with only 12 or 13, and the rest only watching or gliding along.”

The problem was L.A.’s captain Dustin Brown also scored two goals, one of them during a crucial and pivotal time of the game, during a shoot out that would decide the game. This is definitely one San Jose would have liked to get back, the reason is because of the division race. It was also significant in the fact that before this game the Sharks ruled Los Angeles on the power-play. Against the Sharks on the power-play the Kings were 0-10 this season, until Dustin Brown tied the game with just a 1:17 seconds in the second quarter.

Kings goalie Quick, even though they got the win still wasn’t totally satisfied with the outcome, “That’s the one disappointing thing about this game—we had a lead with 11 seconds left and they got a point out of it,” goalie Jonathan Quick  said. “We want to win this division. We know we’re capable of doing it, and it’s unfortunate that they got a point out of it. But the good thing is we got two out of it.” Whether we like it or not we have to brunt the loss and hope the Sharks can go back to their winning ways in Phoenix against the Coyotes, or will they? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!