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WCQF Game 6 Notes
Terry Murray, Joe Thornton and Twitter
4/25/11 - By Mike Lee -

» The talk after the game was the absence of Kings head coach Terry Murray from the handshake line. The time honored hockey tradition is a show of sportsmanship between two teams that just concluded a hard fought series. Several Sharks expressed there displeasure via Twitter. From Jamal Mayers: "Kings battled hard! Tough series with 3 OT games! Too bad Murray didn't have class to shake hands like players (who bled) and Asst Coaches!"

» Speaking of Twitter, Logan Couture indicated that Jamie McGinn was contemplating becoming the latest Shark to start expressing himself via the social networking tool. My reply to his request for feedback on the idea: "Tell McGinn they don't CHARGE for Twitter. It's MAJOR fun."

» Too bad McGinn didn't even get credit for a hit on that play that ended his evening. Question now is, do you start McGinn over Eager in Game 1 of the WCSF's?

» While not as egregious as McGinn's game, Dan Boyle seemed to struggle all night. He was on the ice for Williams goal, and was beaten badly by Smyth on the goal that led off the 3rd period. He did lead the Sharks in ice time.

» The Kings will have the summer to ponder what might have been, had their scoring leader Anze Kopitar not been injured. Los Angeles won one game in overtime during the regular season…on a goal by Kopitar. What might have been in those three overtime games in the series?

» It was a rough night for Brad Richardson. Not only did he lose a tooth on Thornton's high-sticking double-minor, but he was a -4 for Los Angeles. Oh, and his season is over.

» It's not all wine and roses. The Sharks power play finished the series 2 for 23 which ranks 13th of 16 teams in the playoffs. They could only put three shots on Quick during their 3 power play chances on Monday night. San Jose ranked 2nd in the NHL during the regular season.

» Talk about déjà vu. The Kings were eliminated from the playoffs on April 25th last year as well. Not a day to remember for Kings fans.

» Wayne Gretzky was in attendance with his three sons on Monday night.

» The effects of Kings winger Scott Parse's hip surgery may have played a role in Jason Demers goal. Parse was late to get over to the weak side as Demers pinched from the right point.

» For all those doubters, rewind the game video and watch the last 4 minutes of regulation to see what a stellar job Antti Niemi did to extend the game after McGinn's major was called. The goaltender came up big. The Sharks will need that confidence heading into the WCSF.

» Tickets for the Sharks trip to the Western Conference Semi Finals series go on sale Tuesday morning at 10am.

» Who the Sharks will play is still a mystery, but it comes down to the Chicago Blackhawks or Detroit Red Wings. If the Blackhawks win their Game 7 match up with Vancouver on Tuesday night. If the Blackhawks lose, the Sharks get Detroit in a rematch of last year's Semi-Finals.

» Killing off a 5 minute major in a tie game to end regulation and the start of overtime seems like divine intervention if you ask me. Throw in a comeback from a 4-0 deficit and you have the making of something special. We'll just have to wait and see.

» I'll close with comments on Joe Thornton's goal celebration that capped the series. My first reaction was that it was the lamest show of emotion following an overtime winning, series ending goal that I had ever seen. After watching it a few times, I assumed he didn't want to jump on anyone and injure them. Then Thornton spilled the beans to TSN analyst Ray Ferraro: "I didn't know what to do. The ice was pretty slick so I really didn't know what I was doing!"

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