Worcester Sharks take Games 2 and 3 vs. Devils for Series lead

Worcester Sharks Weekly Release
Week of April 19, 2010
Worcester Sharks take Games 2 and 3 vs. Devils for Series lead
Atlantic Division Semifinals continue this week
Top 3!
#1 Ryan Vesce scores at 19:03 of overtime in Game 2 to tie the series at one game a piece.
#2 Alex Stalock makes 34 saves in Game 2 and 32 saves in Game 3 to lead the Sharks to victory.
#3 Dan DaSilva leads the Sharks with two goals and two assists and has a point in each of the first three playoff games!
Round 1: Atlantic Division Semifinals (best-of-seven)
Worcester leads, 2-1
Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 14 – Lowell 3 at Worcester 2 - Loss
Game 2 – Thu., Apr. 15 – Lowell 2 at Worcester 3 OT Win
Game 3 – Sat., Apr. 17 – Worcester 3 at Lowell 2 - Win
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 20 – Worcester at Lowell, 7:00
Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 21 – Worcester at Lowell, 7:00
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 24 – Lowell at Worcester, 7:05 (Game C)
*Game 7 – Sun., Apr. 25 – Lowell at Worcester, 5:05 (Game D)
Rewind the Tape:
Game 1 4.14.10Worcester 2 – Lowell 3 – L – DCU Center
Lowell used a strong, defensive fore-check and never trailed as they took game one of the best-of-seven Atlantic Division semi-finals series, 3-2, over the Sharks at the DCU Center Wednesday night. Alexander Vasyunov (1-2-3) scored the game-winning goal late in the second period to give the Devils the victory as Worcester now trails the best-of-seven series, 0-1. Worcester was led by Dan DaSilva who collected two points on the night, with a goal and an assist and John McCarthy scored the other Sharks goal. Alex Stalock made 21 saves in net for the Sharks as Worcester fell to 0-4 in Game 1’s.
Game 2 4.15.10Worcester 3 – Lowell 2 – OTW – DCU Center
Worcester blew a late two-goal lead in the third period, but the captain Ryan Vesce’s overtime game-winning goal with 57 seconds remaining lifted the Sharks to a 3-2 victory in game two of their first round series against the Lowell Devils at the DCU Center. Derek Joslin and Danny Groulx scored first period goals for Worcester in a physical Game 2 that saw several scrums and brawling. Alex Stalock made 34 saves in the win as the best-of-seven series is now tied, 1-1, and will head to Lowell for games three, four, and five.
Game 3 4.17.11Worcester 3 – Lowell 2 – W – Tsongas Center
For the third straight game in this series, it was a 3-2 final, as Worcester won game three over the Lowell Devils at the Tsongas Center Saturday night. The Sharks now lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1, with game four to be played in Lowell on Tuesday evening.Alex Stalock was tremendous in net, making 32 saves for the Sharks and was the # 1 star. Derek Joslin scored the game-winning goal, his second goal in as many games, and Andrew Desjardins chipped in with two assists. T.J. Trevelyan (1st) scored on the power play and Dan DaSilva extended his point streak to three games (2-2-4) with a goal. The team that has scored first has now won all 13 contests in this series, regular season included.
Sharks in the Atlantic: Sharks take home Atlantic Division Title!
The Sharks finished swimming in 1st place with 104 points (49-25-3-3) in the Atlantic Division through 80 games, three points ahead of the second place Pirates, 9 points ahead of the third place Manchester Monarchs, and 16 points ahead of the fourth place Lowell Devils. The Sharks had an 18 point cushion over 5th place Sound Tigers, a 21 point edge over the 6th place Wolf Pack and a 26 point advantage over the 7th place Bruins. The 8th place Springfield Falcons (66 points) rounded out a very choppy Atlantic Division. 
Playoff Shark Bites:
*From east to west….. The Sharks had 12 players that saw action in both the AHL and NHL this season (McLaren, Zalewski, Vesce, Joslin, McGinn, Couture, Callahan, Ferriero, Mitchell, Demers, McCarthy, and Helminen). The Sharks had 11 players accomplish that feat last season.  Logan Couture, Ryan Vesce, Benn Ferriero, Jason Demers, and Frazer McLaren have each recorded their first NHL goals this season.  Jamie McGinn, Torrey Mitchell, Logan Couture, Jason Demers, and Dwight Helminen are currently (April 19) on recall to San Jose. The Worcester Sharks had 69 CALL-UPS this season to San Jose.
*Six Games?... all three of the previous playoff series for the Sharks have gone six games… with the Sharks winning one of the three series.
*Home Cooking…. the Sharks are 6-5 in 11 playoff games at the DCU Center.
*Road Warriors… the Sharks are 4-6 in 10 playoff games on the road… and in the previous three playoff series have gone 1-2 in all three series on the road.
*Tough Start… The Sharks have never won a Game 1 in four tries in franchise history including a Game 1 loss to the Devils on Tuesday.
*Finally, Game 2… Worcester won their first Game 2 in four tries in franchise history in a 3-2 overtime win over the Devils at the DCU Center on Wednesday.
*Series Lead… the Sharks have their first ever 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 in Lowell on Tuesday.
*Special Teams… the Sharks are 2-for-16 (12.5%) on the power play in the playoffs while the Devils are 3-for-13 (23.0%).
*Jolly Joslin… after going goalless in his first 17 playoff games with the Sharks, Joslin has goals in back-to-back games in Games 2 and 3 vs. the Devils… Derek has also played the most playoff games with Worcester in franchise history (19) and counting.
*Mr. OT… the Sharks are 2-3 in overtime playoff games in franchise history, with Ryan Vesce scoring both of the overtime game winners. Vesce scored at 21:07 of overtime in Game 3 vs. the Wolf Pack in the Atlantic Division Semifinals on April 20th last year and scored at 19:03 in overtime in Game 2 vs. the Devils on Thursday.
*Mr. April… with two goals already this playoff season, Dan DaSilva is the all-time leader in Sharks franchise history with five goals… and is tied with Riley Armstrong on top of the Sharks points leader board with 14 (5-9-14) points.
*Score 1st… the team that has scored first in all 13 meetings this season (10 regular season and 3 playoffs) has won in the Sharks and Devils series this season.
*Dirty Dozen… With Alex Stalock making his first professional playoff start in Game 1 vs. the Devils on Wednesday, it broke a streak of 12 straight playoff games started by Thomas Greiss.
*I have a ring… Danny Groulx won the Calder Cup with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2007 and coach Roy Sommer won as a player with the Maine Mariners in 1984.
*Sin Bin… Frazer McLaren has 56 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games with the Sharks trailing Riley Armstrong’s 58 for the most playoff penalty minutes in franchise history.
*First Playoff tallies… John McCarthy (Game vs Lowell) and Derek Joslin (Game 2 vs. Lowell).
Coming and goings from the shark tank:
DEL Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)
ADD Signed to ATO
ADD Recalled from loan to Kalamazoo (ECHL)
Top Worcester Sharks in Playoffs:
o Goals                                    DaSilva and Joslin (2)
o Game Winners                    Vesce and Joslin (2)
o Assists                                  DaSilva, Desjardins, Zalewski (2)
o Points                                   DaSilva (2-2-4)
o Power play Points              Several tied at 1
o Shots                                     Groulx (13)
o PIM                                       Desjardins (14)
o Fighting Pen.                       0
o Plus/Minus                         several tied at +2
o Wins                                     Stalock (2)
o G.A.A.                                  Stalock (2.13)
o Save %                                 Stalock (.926)
o Shutouts                             Stalock (0)
Sharks in the Pacific:
The San Jose Sharks finished 51-20-11 with 113 points and won their Second Consecutive Western Conference Regular Season Championship and the Team’s fifth Pacific Division Championship and third consecutive.
Round 1: Western Conference Quarterfinals (best-of-seven)
Colorado leads, 2-1
Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 14 – Colorado 2 at San Jose 1 - Loss
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 16 – Colorado 5 at San Jose 6 OT Win
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 18 – San Jose 0 at Colorado 1OT Loss
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 20 – San Jose at Colorado
Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 22 – Colorado at San Jose
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 24 – San Jose at Colorado
*Game 7 – Mon., Apr. 26 – Colorado at San Jose
Sharks in the ECHL:
The Kalamazoo Wings finished the regular season 42-20-6-4 with 94 points in the ECHL and 1st place in the North Division. The Wings fell to the Reading Royals three games to two in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs.
Matt Jones had 28 points (17-11-28) in 35 games…Mitch Versteeg had 20 points (5-15-20) in 63 games… Dean Strong had 16 goals and 21 assists in 34 games played… Louis Liotti had a goal and 12 assists in 52 games… and Will Colbert had 9 points (4-5-9) in 37 games played.
Coming Up:
Round 1 Dates And Times
Atlantic Division Semifinal – Series “A” in a 2-3-2 format
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 20 – Worcester at Lowell, 7:00
Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 21 – Worcester at Lowell, 7:00
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 24 – Lowell at Worcester, 7:05 (Game C)
*Game 7 – Sun., Apr. 25 – Lowell at Worcester, 5:05 (Game D)
The first round single game playoff prices at the DCU Center are as follows;
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SENIOR/CHILDREN (2-12):     GOLD LEVEL: $11.75                TEAL LEVEL: $11.75
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The Sharks finished the regular season with 49 wins, 104 points, and were crowned the Atlantic Division champions for the first time in franchise history. 
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