Daily Pucking Grind. May 16th.

Today’s musical choice is a very cool and mellow version of When You Were Young by The Killers.

Game one of the Western Conference Final was last night and what started out as a positive evening for me, ended up becoming a dissappointing finish.  The San Jose Sharks scored the first goal of the game, took a 2-1 lead into the third period only to surrender to the Vancouver Canucks by a final score of 3-2.  Henrietta Sedin emerged from the womb and contributed two points.  Assisting on a goal by Kevin Bieksa and scoring what proved to be the game winner 81 seconds later to finally prove that yes….he is playing this post season.

The Sharks appeared to be ready to steal game one as they pressured Vancouver much of the first as well as the second period.  Patrick Marleau didn’t wait until game seven to get his first goal as he scored in the second period to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead after Max Lapierre tied the game at one, as each goaltender committed blunders which led to goals.  Both Antti Niemi and Roberto Luongo each stickhandled themselves into trouble, convincing me that neither goaltender should be stepping away from their crease.  Todd McClellan coach of the Sharks has this to say after the game:

I thought our team looked tired, sluggish.  There’s nights when we lose our legs, but our minds are still pretty sharp.  I didn’t think that was the case tonight.  It started with the ears and worked all the way through the body.  We were like dogs chasing cars down the freeway.  We weren’t catching anybody.  We put the puck into very poor spots.

Henrik Sedin responded to a question regrading the pressure to perform:

We rarely read the newspapers or watch the hockey coverage on TV.  I mean, we come to the rink.  We know when we’re not playing well.  We don’t have to hear that from anyone else.  There have been games where we haven’t been happy with our performance.  There’s been other games where we’ve been happy with the way we played.
Still, a few of those games we’ve ended up being minus a lot in the game.  That doesn’t help in the coverage.  But, like I said, we’re a group that doesn’t really get bothered by that stuff.  Everyone has been positive in the room.  That’s been helpful.

Interesting stats for you.  In 62 playoff games Dany Heatley has scored 15 goals and is a minus 9.  In 105 playoff games Joe Thornton has 15 goals.  Those two must step up if San Jose is to advance.

Here’s a few links for Monday morning:

Puck Daddy’s Three Stars for Sunday night.

Seven of the greatest playoff series of all time by John Kreiser from NHL.com.

Guy Boucher outsmarts Claude Julien with a different scheme for game one.  TSN.ca.

If you haven’t checked out our NHL main page Too Many Men On The Site you better!  Rumors, mock draft, recaps…lots of great writing going on!

Is Jaromir Jagr considering a comeback to the New York Rangers?  Blue Line Station.

Hockey Wilderness has a nice tribute about Derek Boogaard.

Finland wins Gold in the World Championships.  Pro Hockey Talk.

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