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WCQF Game 3 Notes
Stats, notes and other happenings from SoCal
4/19/11 - By Mike Lee -

» Still trying to figure out how Patrick Marleau got that pass past Dustin Penner and and Handzus. Watch the replay to see just how close it was.

» The game winner looked almost identical to Joe Pavelski's OT winner in Game 1, complete with Jonathan Quick kissing the ice after he knew he had missed it.

» San Jose became only the 4th team in NHL history to overcome a 4 goal deficit in the playoffs and win a game.

» The Kings first two goals did NOT set a franchise record for shortest time between playoff tallies. They beat their 16 second differential with two goals scored 11 seconds apart on April 22, 1990, against the Edmonton Oilers.

» The seven combined goals scored in the second period was also not a Kings playoff record. Los Angeles and the Calgary Flames scored nine goals together on April 10, 1990.

» Hard to score goals if you don't control the puck. San Jose won 39 of 64 faceoffs (61%) to help the cause. Joe Thornton won 15 of 22 draws (68%)

» Michal Handzus on the other hand was an atrocious 1 of 15 (7%) in the faceoff circle.

» Ben Eager, Scott Nichol and Jamal Mayers were limited to an average of 5 shifts per player. Eager only saw 1:07 of ice time the entire night.

» The Kings out-hit the Sharks 49-33. Dustin Brown led all players with 9 hits. Jason Demers led the Sharks with 6 hits.

» Patrick Marleau, Ryane Clowe and Brad Richardson led all skaters in shots wit 5 apiece.

» Game 2's hero, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, was a -3 in Game 3.

» Sharks head coach Todd McLellan would not respond to questions regarding who he thought he might start in net on Thursday for Game 4.

» The article SJ Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy made the rounds in Southern California this week. Kind of a silly piece, but that's Purdy's M.O. In reality, the Kings filled more seats than the Sharks this season. Los Angeles had 722,661 in total home attendance or 99.7% of total capacity for hockey at the Staples Center (up from 93.6% in 2009-10). San Jose had 712,017 in total attendance or 98.9% of total capacity for HP Pavilion. One caveat though: SJ's first home game was in Stokholm, Sweden, which had issues with ticket sales.

» In case you missed it, Logan Couture was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the league's top rookie. Couture joins New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jeff Skinner as nominees for the annual award. Pretty impressive when you consider the talent from this year's freshman class. That class includes: Corey Crawford, P.K. Subban, John Carlson, Cam Fowler, Grabner, Tyler Ennis, Sergei Bobrovsky, Michal Neuvirth and James Reimer.

» Another reason to love Couture. When asked about his nomination, the rookie responded by saying that he was only focused on one piece of hardware right now, and it wasn't the Calder.


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