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WCF Game 2 Notes
Ben Eager, Kevin Bieksa and Vancouver flashers
5/18/11 - By Mike Lee -

» It was deja vu all over again. A year removed from their Conference Final debacle against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Sharks find themselves down 2-0 once again. Last year, they looked like they were standing still against the speedy Blackhawks. The biggest issue San Jose has faced through two games in the Vancouver series is the same speed issue. Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan said the Sharks looked like "dogs chasing cars". It didn't get much better in Game 2.

» The Sharks have lost 8 straight games in the Conference Finals, dating back to 2004. They're also 0-5 all time at HP Pavilion.

» Noble of Patrick Marleau to try and light a fire under his team by dropping the gloves with Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieska, but Marleau needs to size up his opponents a little better in the future. Bieksa mopped the ice with the Sharks forward. Also pretty difficult to stage a comeback when one of your primary offensive weapons is in the penalty box for a big chunk of the 3rd period.

» Ben Eager wasn't too keen of Bieksa's decision to engage Marleau. "We've seen that before with Kevin," eager told "It's sad that someone's gonna sign him for big money when he's a phony. He goes after our top players. He's been asked many times -- by lots of players throughout the League (to fight) -- and he's declined."

» Marleau's goal was his 5th of the playoffs, and the 50th playoff goal of his career.

» The two teams racked up 94 penalty minutes in Game 2. The Sharks led with 53 PIMs. Ben Eager led all players with 20 minutes in penalties. Eager, Scott Nichol, Aaron Rome, Jannik Hansen and Maxim Laperrier were all assesed 10 minute misconducts at the end of the game.

» Douglas Murray and Devin Setoguchi were each a -3 in the game.

» Coulda, woulda, shoulda: Wonder how the game would have turned out if Vancouver was assessed double minors earlier in the contest when both Setoguchi and Joe Thornton were cut with high sticks?

» Dan Hamhuis and Henrik Sedin had 3 assists apiece.

» Alex Burrows led all skaters with 8 hits. The Sharks spent more time avoiding checks and less time dishing them out, which was a problem in Game 1.

» There may have been good reason for Eager to take penalty after penalty in the 3rd period. A hospitable young lass, decked out in a Sedin jersey was caught flashing Eager as he sat in the penalty box. The festivities were broadcast on the CBC broadcast in Canada, but Americans missed out as Versus had cut away to a commercial.

» A rather peculiar decision by Sharks head coach Todd McLellan to subject Antti Niemi to all 7 Canuck goals. With the game clearly out of reach, McLellan had the opportunity to pull Niemi and insert back Antero Niittymaki, but he elected to let him soak in all the scoring.

» Speaking of goaltenders, Luongo didn't help dispell the notion that the Canucks are a bunch of Greg Louganis wannabe's when he embelished th econtact that he made with Eager on San Jose's last goal. Eager had a few choice words for the netminder as he hovered over him.

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