SJ Sharks look for series sweep

Sharks Look for First Ever Sweep
Eric Lindquist  - Staff Writer
           

Stats
3 GP 3
0 W 3
3 L 0
1 OT 0
0 P 0
0.000 P% 1.000
1.67 G/G 3.67
3.67 GA/G 1.67
14.3 PP% 23.5
76.5 PK% 85.7
30.3 S/G 33.0
33.0 SA/G 30.3
45.8 FO% 54.2
Date Vis/Home Final
5 May 2013 VAN@SJS SJS, 5 - 2
3 May 2013 SJS@VAN SJS, 3 - 2
1 May 2013 SJS@VAN SJS, 3 - 1

Western Conference Quarterfinals

#6 San Jose Sharks (25-16-7) at #3 Vancouver Canucks (26-15-7)

Game 4 at 7pm (PST) on Tuesday May 7 in San Jose at HP Pavilion

Sharks lead series 3-0

SERIES SCHEDULE:

Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on CSNCA-HD / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network (all games listed PST)

Wed., May 1 GAME 1 @ Vancouver 7:30pm Sharks WIN 3-1

Fri., May 3 GAME 2 @ Vancouver 7pm Sharks WIN 3-2 OT

Sun., May 5 GAME 3 @ San Jose 7pm Sharks WIN 5-2

Tue., May 7 GAME 4 @ San Jose 7pm

*Thur., May 9 GAME 5 @ Vancouver TBD

*Sat., May 11 GAME 6 @ San Jose TBD

*Mon., May 13 GAME 7 @ Vancouver TBD

*if necessary


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Home Sweet Home:

The Sharks lost just twice in regulation at home in the regular season and were even better in the 5-2 win in Game 3 on Sunday.

''We feel good when we play in the building,'' Todd McLellan said. ''Pavs said something after the game about the fans that they almost become his legs at times because they are so energizing.''

Odds in favor of SJ:

Only three times in 172 occurrences (1.7%) has a team comeback and won a series down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. (Toronto in 1942, New York Islanders in 1975, and Philadelphia in 2010.)

Previous Playoff Series/Action vs. the Canucks:

2011 Western Conference Final – the #1 seed Vancouver Canucks defeated the #2 seed San Jose Sharks 4-1. (Dan Boyle had the GWG in Game 3 in the Sharks only win of the series)

Game 3 Recap and Video: Click HERE.

Sharks vs. Canucks: Matchups to Look For:

Let’s break it down through Game 3:

Goaltending: - advantage SHARKS

Antti Niemi has been a rock for San Jose posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.62 GAA and a .945 save %. Roberto Luongo is 0-2-0 with a 2.57 GAA and a .915 save percentage while Cory Schneider is 0-1-0 with a 6.82 GAA and a .821 save %. The Canucks are the only team so far in the Stanley Cup playoffs that has started two different goalies in their series.

Special Teams: - advantage SHARKS

San Jose – The Sharks power play exploded for three goals in Game 3 and is now 4-for-14 (28.5%) in the series. The Canucks are 1-for-7 (14.3%) on the power play in the series. San Jose has had twice as many power plays the Vancouver 14-7.

Shot Blocking: advantage SHARKS

The Sharks have already blocked 57 shots in the first three games of this series with 11 different players blocking a shot in Game 3. The Canucks have blocked 39 shots through Game 3.

Injury Report:

San Jose: Martin Havlat left after the first period of play in Game 1 with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Tim Kennedy for Game 2. Scott Gomez made his Sharks playoff debut in Game 3 in place of forward Tim Kennedy.

Probable Lines for SJ in Game 4:

Patrick Marleau - Logan CoutureRaffi Torres

TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns

Andrew DesjardinsJoe PavelskiTommy Wingels

James SheppardScott GomezAdam Burish

Matt IrwinDan Boyle

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Brad StuartScott Hannan

Antti Niemi

Thomas Greiss

Vancouver: no injuries reported for the Vancouver after Game 3, and goaltender Cory Schneider who missed Games 1 and 2 due to a “body” injury started Game 3, but was pulled midway through the 3rd period after allowing five goals. Tough guy Tom Sestito made his playoff debut by replacing Andrew Ebbett in Game 3. Expect Roberto Luongo to start Game 4.

Probable lines for VAN in Game 4:

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alex Burrows

Mason Raymond – Derek Roy – Jannik Hansen

Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Zack Kassian

Tom Sestito – Maxim Lapierre – Dale Weise

Dam Hamhuis – Jason Garrison

Alex Edler – Kevin Bieksa

Andrew Alberts – Frank Corrado

Corey Schneider

Roberto Luongo

Shark Bites: (interesting tidbits heading into Game 4)

*Nice Home Record…. The Sharks returned home for Game 3 having posting the best home record during the 2012-13 regular season (17-2-5)… with the Game 3 win on home ice, San Jose is now 38-33 all-time on home ice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

*Game 4…. San Jose is 14-14 all-time in Game 4’s including a 5-7 record on home ice… the Sharks have lost their last three Game 4s.

*Looking for first sweep… in 28 previous series, the Sharks have never swept and opponent 3-0 in a best of seven series… San Jose has been swept twice (Chicago in 2010 in WCF and Detroit in 1995 WSF).

Vancouver Notes: (interesting tidbits heading into Game 4)

*Playoff Pinch… the Canucks are just 2-11 in their last 13 playoff games and outscored 16-44 during that span.

*Sedins?.... after combining for 18 points (3-15-18) in the five game playoff series vs. San Jose in 2011, the Sedin twins have just four assists through the first three games.

2 Goalies….The Canucks are the only team so far in the Stanley Cup playoffs that has started two different goalies in their series.

What they are saying…

“Our backs are against the wall. We can either crumble or come back and come out swinging … I’m not going down easy. That’s for sure,” said Ryan Kessler.

BOTTOM LINE

The first round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs tend to be the most grueling of the playoffs. Not to look to far ahead, but if the Sharks can win Game 4 and get some rest headed into Round 2… things would be looking pretty good… no matter the opponent. The Sharks smell blood and would love to finish off the Canucks on Tuesday night in the Shark Tank!




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