WCQF Game 3
Notes Stats, notes and other happenings from
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
» 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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