Patrick Marleau's game-winning, series-clinching, death-robbing, reputation-saving and all-around memorable goal in San Joses Game 7 victory over Detroit is the new standard, writes Ray Ratto.
Ryane Clowe, who was officially a game-time decision for the Sharks, will play for San Jose in Game 7, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
San Jose can wring its hands about what would be a historic collapse, or it can approach Game 7 for what it might be -- a vital link in the chain of a championship legacy. Ray Ratto puts the challenge in focus.
For those who wondered in Patrick Marleau would rise and defend his honor in the face of Jeremy Roenicks condemnation of his innards, well, you judge. No points, one shot, two blocked shots, 3 of 6 in the circle.
The Sharks led 1-0 on Logan Couture's goal, but anyone who thought that would be enough was kidding themselves. Detroit's three-goal flurry won Game 6 and tilted the series, writes Ray Ratto.
Ryane Clowes absence from Game 6 throws at least three, and maybe even all four Sharks lines into at least mild turmoil. Whether or not that is necessarily a bad thing remains to be seen.
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.