|Time||Sun. 12:00 PM PST
||TV||CBC, NBC, RDS
|The Enemy||Fear The Fin, Battle Of California||Scoring Leaders||
||< Road Record / Home Record >
||Goals For / Against +/-||-4
||Goals Per Game||2.94 (7)
||Goals Against Per Game||3.19 (12)
||5 On 5 GF/GA||0.91 (10)
||Power Play %
||Penalty Kill %
||Shots Per Game||35.8 (3)
||Shots Against Per Game||32.6 (9)
||Winning % When Scoring First||63.6
||Record When Leading After 1||4-2
||Record When Trailing After 1||2-3
||Record When Leading After 2||5-2
||Faceoffs %||53.0 (1)
||PIM's Per Game Average
Well at least we don't have to wait too long between games. Sunday's game is a 12:00 PST start and let's hope the Canucks' parade to the penalty box and horrible penalty killing stops. At least it got better after the Sharks scored on their first 5 power plays of the series, including the first 2 PP chances of Game 3. I had a feeling this was going to be an issue in Game 3. During the game I was hoping they would take more penalties so they would snap out of the PK funk. That more or less happened, as they killed (I believe) 6 of the final 7 penalties of the game. We know how good the Canucks' PK CAN be.
That was a good thing. So was almost coming back from a 4-1 deficit late in the 3rd period. The Canucks have to show that work ethic again, right off the opening faceoff. That style of play that makes the Sharks look like they are 2 steps behind. Speed. This is why I am still angered by the benching of Cody Hodgson and Jeff Tambellini in favor of Alexandre Bolduc and Tanner Glass. But more the Tambo for Glass trade off. Why did he change up what was working so well in Games 1 and 2? Because the Sharks were promising physicality in Game 3? Really?
F**k their physicality. Beat them on the score sheet. Jamie McGinn wants to run guys? Hit him back, but beat them on the score sheet. Tanner Glass, even though he plays minor minutes, needs to ride the pine. I'm sick of his futility and invisibility. At least when CoHo and Tambo are out there you notice them, and they pose more of a scoring threat. Speed kills, AV. You know that.
The loss of Ehrhoff and his 2 goals and 11 points hurts. The loss of Aaron Rome's general stability and physicality is less painful. Adding Keith Ballard and Andrew Alberts takes care of stability and size back there. But somebody else is going to have to step up and put up some points. Salo? His 1 goal and no assists in 12 playoff games is not acceptable. He gets the power play time but is ice cold offensively.
-Chris Tanev called up for insurance (The Province).
-The Kurtenbloggers give props to Sharks fans (video).
-Obviously, Jamie McGinn will play on Sunday (Globe and Mail)
-Joe Thornton has 1 goal and 5 assists in this series. 4 of those 6 points have come on the PP. Jumbo Joe is in a 3 way tie for top spot in playoff scoring.
PROJECTED FORWARDS DRESSED
#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks
Apr 04, 1979
Profile: Ass-kicker, critic-silencer
|2010 - Roberto Luongo||16||926||10||6||37||2.40||437||400||.915||2|
#31 / Goalie / San Jose Sharks
Aug 29, 1983
Profile: Not Pekka Rinne, not that I mind
|2010 - Antti Niemi||16||896||8||7||49||3.28||491||442||.900||0|
WHO IS HOT / COLD
-Henrik Sedin: 2 goals and 8 assists in his last 6.
-Alexandre Burrows: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3.
-Raffi Torres: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games.
-Kevin Bieksa: 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 3.
-Dan Hamhuis: 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 2.
-Jannik Hansen: 3 assists in his last 3 games.
-Chris Higgins: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 2.
-Mason Raymond: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 5.
-Ryan Kesler: 1 assist this series.
-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 26.
-Victor Oreskovich: 0 points in his last 12.
-Sami Salo: 0 points in his last 8.
-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 27 games.
-Logan Couture: 5 goals and 1 assist in his last 7 games.
-Dan Boyle: 3 goals and 7 assists in his last 8 games.
-Patrick Marleau: 5 goals and 1 assist in his last 4 games.
-Joe Thornton: 1 goal and 6 assists in his last 4.
-F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs
-F Mikael Samuelsson: surgery, out for playoffs.
-D Christian Ehrhoff: shoulder, caput
-D Aaron Rome: concussion
-D Jason Demers: day to day. Did not practice Saturday. Doubtful for Game 4.
Game 3 Highlights:
No. Just no.
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