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Game 3 Report Card
Grading the series
4/16/07 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks got back to basics in Game 3 and rolled to a 3-1 win on home ice. We rank the basics and tell you who the heros and goats were in the Game 3 Report Card:

Team Matchups San Jose Nashville
Offense BA steady dose of forecheck and a constant barrage of shots were all the Sharks needed to wear down the Predators in Game 3. The offense got the job done scoring 3 even strength goals. D+The Predators failed to carry the momentum that had them scoring goal in bushels in Game 2 into the first road game of the series for Nashville. After a good start, the Nashville offense was as exitinct as the crest on their jerseys.
Defense B+After an early snafu, the Sharks defense buckled down and prevented any serious scoring chances. Funny how the defense shines when the forecheck is in full effect. C-Dan Hamhuis had a nightmare game, failing to contain any of the Sharks. His -3 rating was worst on the club. Overall, the Predators allowed the Sharks to dictate teh game because their defense couldn't move the puck out of its own end.
Power Play F0-for-6, including another 5-on-3 opportunity that went by the way side has to be a concern for the Sharks. Not only are the Sharks not getting many scoring chances on the power play, they're not even controlling the zone in most cases. If the Sharks intend on making a serios run this Spring, they had better rectify this issue quickly. CNever got a chance to get going with only 2 chances. Credit a Sharks PK rather than a weak Nashville power play. We've yet to see what this unit is capable of.
Penalty Kill BMade the most of their two opportunities to kill off a Predators advantage. Had trouble clearing the puck on the last PK in teh 3rd period. Could have been disasterous if Nashville had scored and tied the game. AThe penalty kill continues to be the saving grace for the Predators. Their strong showing on the PK continued in Game 3. A partial 5-on-3 chance left the Sharks stymied.
Goaltending B+Nabokov made big saves on Arnott and Forsberg in the middle period. The one goal that he did give up saw bad positioning turn into a goal . BVokoun did stop 38 shots, but he could have really bailed out his team by stopping Michalek's tip and Marleau's redirect.
Individual Matchups    
Hero  Mike Grier - The guy was all over the ice. He didn't record a point, but his hit on Erat may have been the spark the Sharks needed. Everyone saw Erat limp to the bench (and not return). Grier's hustle on teh dump in helped San Jose control the Nashville zone for most of the game.

Bill Guerin (Honorable Mention) - The late season acquisition showed why the Sharks made teh deal that brought Guerin to San Jose. He seemed to be everywhere the puck was. His interception late helped ice the game.
 Tomas Vokoun - If it wasn't for the Nashville goaltender, this game could have easily been a 6 or 7 goal night for the Sharks offense. He made teh big saves int eh 1st period, but his eammates could only muster a lone goal.

David Legwand (Honorable Mention) - After being invisible in the first two games, Legwand is starting to make his presence felt with timely passing. His cross-ice pass to Suter on Nashville's love goal was text book.
Goat  Joe Pavelski - His rust showed, especially on a couple of dangerous passes. He caught a break on a pass that was intercepted by Fiddler in the 3rd period at the Sharks blueline, because a Predator was caught offside in the Sharks zone.  Dan Hamhuis - The Predators defender was a minus 3 on the night. His nightmare game was capped with a horrible turnover that led to Marleau's goal. Not only did he cough the puck up, but then he failed to cover Marleau, who was roaming free deep in the Predators zone.

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