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WCF Game 1 Notes
Jason Demers, Christian Ehrhoff and fatigue
5/15/11 - By Mike Lee -

» The Sharks kept their streak of Game 1 losses in a Conference Finals in tact. San Jose is 0-3 in the opening game, having lost to Calgary and Chicago, prior to their 3-2 loss on Sunday night.

» Jason Demers was not in the lineup, which added to the Sharks issues with puck control. Kent Huskins returned to the line for the first time since February. Huskins was torched on a couple instances and had to take a bad penalty after his shot attempt in the 2nd period was blocked and setup a breakaway chance for Vancouver.

» Vancouver made it difficult for San Jose to move the puck by laying the body early in the contest. They out-hit the Sharks 38-26 in the game. Chriss Higgins and Alex Edler had 5 hits a piece.

» The two day break between Game 7 against Detroit and Sunday night's game came into play as the Sharks looked ragged in the 3rd period. Fatigue was definitely a factor in that sluggish frame, which had a lot to do with the Canucks owning the puck and rallying with their two goals.

» In addition to all of Thornton's scoring output, the Sharks captain was also a monster in the faceoff circle, winning 10 of 15 draws on the night. San Jose held a slight advantage overall, winning 52% of the faceoffs.

» Henrik Sedin won 12 of 17 faceoffs.

» Was that a pass or a shot by Christian Ehrhoff that got the puck to Henrik Sedin on the game winning goal? Ehrhoff had a penchant for sending the puck wide of the net when the Sharks most needed a goal. The puck hit Sedin just outside the left post, which leads me to believe that he was shooting!

» The Sharks are going to be disgusted when they see the replay of the Dany Heatley penalty on Raffi Torres. The alleged elbow was a pretty soft call, which is magnified by the fact that it came against one of the league's biggest head hunters.

» Unfair that Niemi took the loss after his performance in Game 1. The Sharks netminder made big save after big save, and got little defensive help on the Maxim Lapierre and Sedin goals.

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