“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Kings Game 6 WCQF 4/25/11

Result:  SHARKS 4, Kings 3  {Overtime}  {Sharks win series 4-2}

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton celebrates his series and game winning goal in overtime Monday night. Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

 

HITS

Kyle Wellwood – Wellwood scored his first goal of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, fourth of his career, at 2:58 of the second period to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.  With tremendous pressure inside the Kings zone, Wellwood jumped up on the play and missed a backhand shot wide from in close on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.  The Sharks were able to keep the puck in the Kings zone and got the puck behind the Kings net to captain Joe Thornton, who passed the puck out in front to Wellwood, who fired a knuckle-puck of a shot from in the slot that went over the glove of Quick for the goal.

Jason Demers - Demers scored his second goal of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, third of his career, at 16:52 of the second period to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.  The goal was the result of the effort by Sharks forward Joe Pavelski, who started the play from deep in his own zone with the puck on his stick and carried the puck out to the neutral zone where it was knocked off his stick near the benches.  Pavelski though, did not give up on the play,  got the puck back on his stick and carried the puck into the Kings zone.  Once in the zone, Pavelski went around the Kings net and was bumped off the puck by a Kings defender.  Along with line-mate Torrey Mitchell, a battle for the puck against two Kings players ensued in the lower corner, which Pavelski won as Wellwood skated into the play and created a second of time for Pavelski to make a play.  With the puck on his stick on the lower side board, Pavelski fired a cross zone pass to Demers, who jumped in on the play from the blue line, and with the puck on his stick, Demers fired a wrist-shot from in the slot that beat Quick for the goal.

Dany Heatley – Heatley scored his second goal of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 14th of his career, at 8:48 of the third period to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead.  With the puck outside of the Kings zone at the blue line, Sharks forward Ryane Clowe floated the puck into the Kings zone that was knocked down inside the blue line by Kings forward Brad Richardson.  However, the puck  bounced off of Richardson and Heatley carried the puck into the high face-off circle of the Kings zone and sniped a shot pass Quick for the goal.

Joe Thornton – The Sharks captain scored the game winning and series clinching goal at 2:22 of Overtime to give the Sharks a 4-3 victory and 4-2 series win.  The goal, Thornton’s second of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs and 17th of his career, came shortly after the Sharks Penalty Killers successfully killed off Jamie McGinn‘s five minute major penalty near the end of the third period {more later in “hits” and “misses”}.  From center ice, Thornton chipped the puck into the Kings zone, which was picked up by line mate Devin Setoguchi, who carried the puck behind the Kings net and out to the lower face-off circle, where Setoguchi fired a pass to line-mate Patrick Marleau in the slot that bounced off his stick.  Thornton, who had positioned himself at the side of the goalie crease, reached out for the loose puck and fired a turnaround shot from on top of the goalie crease that went into the net for the game and series winning goal!  Thornton finished with a two point night {1 goal, 1 assist}.

Antti Niemi – After being pulled in game 5 as the result of giving up three goals on only four shots in the first 8:42 of the game, Niemi, who Thornton said after tonight’s the game is the backbone of the team and the reason why the Sharks are where they are today instead of 9th or 10th place,” had himself an outstanding bounce back game, stopping 26-of-29 shots on net and came up with huge, key saves in the final moments of the third period as the Sharks Penalty Killers worked to kill off the McGinn five-minute major penalty.

Penalty Killers – Despite giving up two Kings Power Play goals on four Power Play opportunities, the Sharks Penalty Killers rose to the occasion and passed their “Gut Check” test as they successfully killed off McGinn’s five minute major penalty, which was called at 16:37 of the third period and resulted in 1:37 of carry over time at the start of overtime for the Kings.  For those who don’t know, had the Kings scored at anytime during the final minutes of the third period, the Kings would have continued to stay on the Power Play for the duration of the game because the penalty was called a major.

Joe Pavelski – Simply put, Pavelski came to play tonight by doing all the little things such as battling for the puck along the boards and making smart decesions when having the puck on his stick.  Along with the usual consistent play of his line, Pavelski fired a team high seven shots on net, including five on seven shifts in the first period, had an assist and three hits.

Devin Setoguchi – In addition to his one assist tonight, Setoguchi had a team high six hits tonight.

Niclas Wallin – Wallin had a team high four blocked shots tonight.

Sharks Team – To win the Stanley Cup Championship, a team has to find a way to overcome adversity when faced with a daunting task. Tonight, the Sharks did just that when they successfully killed off Jamie McGinn’s five-minute major penalty for the final 3:23 of the third period and the first 97 seconds of overtime.  Without a doubt, prior Sharks teams would have hung their heads, especially after blowing three leads, but this Sharks team continued to battle and stuck to their gameplan.  As a result, the Sharks dug deep, found a way to win and are now headed to the Western Conference Semifinals for the eighth time in franchise history and fifth time in the last six seasons.

MISSES

Brian Pochmara – If you don’t recognize this name, you will once I tell you that this is the official that inexplicably deemed Jamie McGinn’s hit on Richardson worthy of a five-minute major and a game misconduct.  I’m sorry and I may be a bit biased here but after all that happened during the game tonight and was allowed, there is no way on God’s green earth that Pochmara or any other official tonight could honestly say that McGinn’s hit was worthy of five minutes and a misconduct, especially after Kings defenseman Drew Doughty CROSS CHECKED Setoguchi in the FACE shortly before McGinn’s hit and was only assessed two minutes!  I’ve watched the hit multiple times and all McGinn did was track down the Kings player who had the puck, which was Richardson, and lay a hard hit on him against the side boards that at the most should have been just two minutes.  Pochmara and the officials need to learn that as big of a shock as it may come to them, fans are not paying their hard earned money to see them decide the outcome of a game.  Pochmara and the officials have one job to do and that is call the game fairly, which now-a-days seems to be asking way too much of them.

Jamie McGinn – Playing his second game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs in place of Ben Eager, McGinn had the “Hit of the Night” that could have cost the Sharks the game and to an extreme extent, his career on the Sharks as some Sharks fans on Twitter stated, after his hit on Richardson resulted in a five-minute major for “charging” and a game misconduct.  However, to be fair to McGinn, up until that hit, McGinn had done what was asked of him by the Sharks coaching staff, which was to inject some energy onto the Sharks fourth line, which had a +/- rating of -10 coming into tonight’s game.  Yes, McGinn has to be smart in that instance but he pursued the puck and finished his check and honestly, after all that was allowed tonight by Pochmara and his officiating crew, I can’t fault McGinn’s effort and no, I don’t think his career with the Sharks is done.

3rd Period – The Sharks started the third period up 2-1 on the scoreboard.  That was erased in 18 seconds as Kings forward Ryan Smyth scored his second goal of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs to tie the game at 2-2 off a rebound shot by line mate Jarrett Stoll.  Niemi made the initial save but Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle allowed Stoll to get position on him and let Stoll out-muscle him for the rebound.  The Sharks though did respond with Heatley’s goal to go up 3-2 but the Kings battled back and tied the game at 3-3 via the Power Play {more later in “misses”}.  In addition, the Sharks were out shot 11-5 and were horrible in the face-off circle, losing seven of the first 11 face-offs of the period.

Power Play – If the Sharks are going to advance to the Western Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Championship, the Sharks Power Play unit has got to pick it up!  After finishing the regular season ranked number two in the whole league, the Sharks Power Play finished this series 2-for-22 after going o-for-3 with three shots with the man advantage tonight.  Even more alarming, the Sharks Power Play unit was 0-for-11 AT HOME during this series!  The best way for the Sharks to fix this hole in their game…..stop waiting and passing up chances and JUST SHOOT THE PUCK!

Penalty Killers – While the Sharks Penalty Killers did rise to the occasion late in the game, they did allow two Kings Power Play goals that tied the game in both the second and third period and finished the night 2-for-4.  With the Sharks up 1-0 in the second period, Pochmara and his crew assessed Thornton a four minute double minor penalty for “high sticking” even though Thornton’s stick was raised up by Kings forward Wayne Simmonds.  The result?  Kings forward Justin Williams scored his third goal of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs off a rebound shot at 13:27 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1.  In the third period, Demers took a bad “interference” penalty after Heatley had given the Sharks a 3-2 lead.  The result?  Kings forward Trevor Lewis scored his first goal of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs off a rebound shot at 11:39 to tie the game at 3-3.

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on April 26, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. All I have to admittedly say which won’t add any value is WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOFREAKINGHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO onto the next round!!! :) great write up dude and Ginner….what was he thinking.

    PS JUMBO JOE THORNTON our captain! #jumboslide ;)

  2. That was an EXCITING game. Hockey is an EXCITING sport. Playoffs are the best! Your write ups are now something I look forward to after a game! Go Sharks!

  3. Awesome review, I think your writting skills are improving a lot! :)
    Back to topic, I think we must admit that LA was a tough opponent. They had a hell of a goalie, and a really solid defense. I also think that we could learn a lot from that style of defending the net, and maybe applying some of their techniques to our game.

  4. Miché Saaijman

    AWESOME THAT THE SHARKS WON! VERY EXCITED FOR THEM!

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