The Sharks are watching people edge toward the back gate of the bandwagon while they decide if San Jose is just setting the customers up for the mother of all letdowns.
The Sharks have rediscovered what they've known for years -- Pavel Datsyuk is the most underlooked great player in the game. His third period work despite having a bad wrist was exemplary.
The Sharks held leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in Game 5, but the Red Wings took advantage of sloppy Sharks defense in the third period to win 4-3 and force Game 6. Now it gets interesting, writes Ray Ratto.
The Sharks are just 2 for 22 on the power play at home in this postseason, but Ray Ratto says that's not the problem. Instead, it's the holes they dig themselves into early in games. Will Game 5 be different?
Patrick Marleau has a penchant for disappointing performances in some of the Sharks' biggest games. Game 4 in Detroit was no different, forcing Ray Ratto to wonder "Where's Patty?"
After digging a three-goal hole, the Sharks climbed back into Game 4, starting with Logan Couture's goal. But the Red Wings scored with 1:27 remaining to force Game 5. Ray Ratto reports from Detroit.
This happens every year when one team has a knee on the others throat, and there is time to kill and a beast to feed before game time.
Even when the Sharks have a series by the delicates, as they do this one against the Red Wings, theres always something. Unless San Jose can finally prove to be a bully.
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 0-1m, but 0-1 by losing 7-1. The Sharks get a chance to change that on Friday night.
The Sharks can thank Devin Setoguchi and his three-goal night for helping cheat the reaper in a classic that was more Detroits than San Joses. Ray Ratto goes inside the game on a dramatic night in Detroit.
Mike Babcock got in some gamesmanship Wednesday, announcing not only his teams change but also declaring Todd McLellans. What did San Jose's coach have to say? Ray Ratto reports from Detroit.
Todd McLellan owes his mentor, the Red Wings' Mike Babcock, a great deal of thanks. The Sharks' coach has returned the favor by putting Detroit in an 0-2 hole. Ray Ratto reports from Detroit.
There was plenty of resistance to the Maloof Brothers' plan to find their bliss in Disneyland, and it began with Jerry Buss, who simply didnt want the audience for his LakerTV network to be splintered.
The Wings were agitated by at least two more snow showers in the face of goaltender Jimmy Howard, both from Joe Pavelski. It will doubtlessly become an issue as the series shifts to Detroit, especially in the media, where such things tend to reside.
Yes, this was San Joses best performance yet, a 2-1 win that choke-slammed the potent Red Wings. This Stanley Cup playoff series is drumhead-tight.