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WCSF - Game 1 Notes
Recapping the Sharks 4-3 win
4/29/10 - By Mike Lee -

  • Patrick Marleau was a game time scratch with what Sharks head coach Todd McLellan called a high fever and flu like symptoms. Marleau skated in pre-game warmups, but did not dress for the game. McLellan indicated that Marleau will be back in the lineup on Sunday for Game 2.

  • The Sharks did a great job of keeping Marleau's illness under wraps. Marleau even looked like he a jump in his step during warmups.

  • Jed Ortmeyer made his return to the lineup in Marleau's place. He only took 6 shifts, logging 3:51 of ice time. Only rookie Dwight Helminen saw less ice in Game 1

  • Dany Heatley, Joe Pavelski and Brian Rafalski all scored in Game 1, making them the first three NHL players from the same US University program to score in an NHL playoff game. All three played their college hockey at the University of Wisconsin.

  • The Red Wings received a free timeout late in the game when a glass panel behind Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard broke. It too arena personnel 4 minutes to replace the glass.

  • The big Game 1 win, was the first time the Sharks have opened a playoff series with a win since 2007, when they defeated Detroit

  • Dan Boyle’s three assists tied a single-game franchise postseason record

  • The Sharks lost the faceoff battle, dropping 38 of 70 attempts. Ryane Clowe was an abismal 1 of 7 and Joe Thornton only won 5 of 13 draws.

  • San Jose did lean heavily on the body, out-hitting the Red Wings 38-21. DOuglas Muray led teh way with 5 hits.

  • Former Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart had a game high 6 blocked shots. Murray led teh Sharks with 5 blocks.

  • There were fewer Red Wing fans in attendance than is usually the case for HP Pavilion. The fact that Detroit didn't know they would be playing in San Jose until last Tuesday may have something to do with the paltry spattering of red in the Arena on Thursday night.

  • In case you hadn't heard, the Red Wings may be subject to a $2500 fine for missing the curfew imposed at San Jose Airport on Tuesday night. City airport ordinances are in place to deter airlines from breaking the curfew because of the sound issues it creates in housing areas that lie in the flight path of SJ Airport.


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