| Game 2 Notes
Series quick hits
4/10/08 - By Mike
- The Sharks have to be concerned with the lack of
production from the power play unit through the fist two games of the series.
While the Sharks did convert on the power play on Thursday, they also missed on
9 other chances, including an extended 5-on-3. The Flames were ranked 21st in
the league on the penalty kill during the regular season with an 81.4% kill
- With their 27 shots in the 2nd period, the Sharks established
a new franchise playoff record for shots in a period. It was also the most
shots in a period in the playoffs, since Philadelphia put 28 shots on goal
against Pittsburgh in 1997. "I was expecting to see more shots in the period,"
cracked head coach Ron Wilson after the game.
- The Sharks came out
throwing the body around to open the game, out hitting the Flames 16-11 in the
opening frame. Wilson commented that, "when you're hitting, it means you don't
have the puck." The aggressiveness of the Sharks, especially on the forecheck
paid dividends later.
- With his assist on Pavelski's goal, Patrick
Marleau extended his franchise best mark of playoff points with 53.
San Jose improved its overall record in Game 2's to 8-11. The good news is the
Sharks are 12-6 all-time in the 3rd game of the playoffs.
has 6 of the 8 playoff shutouts in Sharks history. Vesa Toskala (4/23/06 vs.
Nashville) and Mike Vernon (4/28/98 vs. Dallas) are the only other Shark
goaltenders to record shutouts while donning the teal & grey.
Almost everyone in the Bay Area was able to see the start of the game, which
was broadcast locally on Comcast Sports Net. Comcast elected to carry the end
of the A's game on Wednesday, which prevented the first 7 minutes of the game
from being broadcast. A construction snafu on Thursday cut cable television
lines to about 3000 Comcast subscribers in East San Jose.
- The fastest thing on Calgary's bench on Thursday
night was Flames head coach Mike Keenan. He made his obligatory stop for the
post game press conference, but bolted at first opportunity.
praised Matt Carle for his play after the game, saying, "he was put in the
lineup to move the puck, and that's what he did."
- There was no
shortage of chippiness after the whistle on Thursday. Flames defenseman Dion
Phaneuf got his share of licks in, although he seemed to think better of one
situation after realizing he was pushing Jody Shelley int eh back of the head.
Shelley glared at him, but true to his word, he refrained from putting his team
in a bad situation by taking a bad penalty. The Flames more than made up for it
that department however.
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