Game 3 notes: Sharks face off with history Friday

May 5, 2011, 4:55 am
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Ray Ratto

DETROIT -- San Jose has never swept a series, and is 0-1 in the only other 3-0 game they ever played, here in Detroit a year ago. Not just 0-1, but 0-1 by losing 7-1.

Weve tried very hard as a coaching staff to eliminate and separate last years series from this years, head coach Todd McLellan said. There will be a lot made out of the same date (May 4), overtime, and all that kind of stuff. It is completely irrelevant in my opinion. And I hope it is because we took one hell of a lickin in Game 4 last year.
As for Detroit coach Mike Babcock: "I'm going to spend no time worrying about the series. We're going to spend our time preparing for one game. It's been done three times in NHL history. It was done last year by Philly." And almost by Chicago this year, too.RECAP: Seto's hat trick gives Sharks Game 3 win in OT
The Sharks have won five of the 20 overtime games so far in these playoffs, six short of the record currently held by Montreal in 1993. In fact, the Habs were 10-1 in those 11 overtimes (San Jose is 5-0), and it marks the last time Montreal carried the Stanley Cup. Joe Thorntons three assists are his best playoff night as a Shark. Kyle Wellwood, who assisted on the non-Setogoal, by Dan Boyle, is now plus-seven for the postseason, among the league leaders. RATTO: Setoguchi helps Sharks chat the reaper
And Antti Niemi, the worst goaltender ever if you asked Sharks fans during the first round, lowered his goals against average below three for the first all playoffs, to 2.99, and his save percentage rose to about .900, if you round off .899581.