April 25, 2011SHARKS PAGE SHARKS VIDEORay Ratto
LOS ANGELES -- The Sharks did not end up looking very pretty statistically in this series, going 2 for 23 on the power play for a miserable 8.6 percent conversion rate, and only 19 for 24 on the penalty kill, a dreadful 79.1 percent. They also started poorly (one first period goal despite 84 first period shots) in a postseason in which the first goal has been unusually important.
Individually, Antti Niemis goaltending numbers were uninspiring, and his penchant for giving spectacularly long and dangerous rebounds was more in evidence than at any point during the regular season or last year in Chicago.
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On the other hand, they are the only team in the postseason with three road wins, and that may serve them well in the second round, where they are better at simplifying their games and therefore not getting too geeked up with emotion.
The three overtime wins, in Games 3, 4 and 6, are a Sharks record and ties a Kings record for OT losses set in the 93 Cup final against Montreal, even though the three overtimes together barely totaled one full period (20:15).
Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com.