Ratto: Three keys for Sharks-Vancouver Game 2

Ratto: Three keys for Sharks-Vancouver Game 2
May 18, 2011, 6:09 pm
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May 18, 2011


Ray Ratto
With Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference Final only hours away, here are some things you havent thought of mostly because nobody in their right mind would.
1. Whither Demers?
Jason Demers spent most of the year teamed with Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the second defense pair, but was a seemingly healthy scratch in Game 1. Now either he has become a vulnerability against the Canucks, or he wasnt really a healthy scratch after all. He did come off Game 7 of the Red Wing series clutching his side, but wasnt considered incapacitated enough for Todd McLellan to say anything other than, He has bumps and bruises like everyone else. Oh yeah? RELATED:SJSVAN series schedule
2. Whither Diving?
That was a big topic Monday, not so much Tuesday, but still both sides liked the idea of planting seeds in the heads of the two referees and site supervisor Kris King. If the NHL wants to get rid of what seems to be the new rage, based on the complaints of coaches and players alike, make the dive a five-minute major with the offender not to come out of the penalty box even if a goal is scored. If hockey wants to clutch its image of manliness to its chest, the answer is easy.RELATED: Thornton vs. Kesler promises heavyweight battle
3. Whither Horseplay?
Joe Thornton apparently asked Ryan Kesler if he wanted to drop the gloves before the opening faceoff, and Kesler declined. Since Thornton did this once before, with Ryan Getzlaf before the final game of the Anaheim series two years ago, one wonders why he thought it was a good idea. Since Kesler is now well over his impulsive behaviors of the past, one wonders also if Thornton thought he was that persuasive a fellow. He wasnt. The Sharks lost anyway. Tonight? Maybe he'll ask Kesler to play Yahtzee.