Ray Ratto

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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.

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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.

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Especially since 2006, there has been no such thing as a stranglehold on a NHL Playoff series. Our Senior Insider Ray Ratto presents the reasons why the Sharks can't get comfortable with the series lead.

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Blanked by goalie Jimmy Howard for two periods, the Sharks found a new gear -- forcing OT on Joe Pavelski's power play goal and winning when Benn Ferriero scored on his 24th birthday.

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The argument that the Red Wings and Sharks are mirror images of each other is probably a mythlet -- not quite true, and not quite false. Ray Ratto looks at the series after Friday morning's skate.

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This Sharks team can prove it is indeed a different operation than last year's bunch, assuming it doesn't pretend to be what it used to be.

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Dan Boyle was not happy with his play against the Kings. If the Sharks want to take it to the Red Wings, they'll need their alternate captain to bring game on par with the letter on his sweater.

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The decision did not hinge on whether he played Stephen Curry enough as much as it did on internal divisions. In short, Smart could not have saved himself.

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The Sharks, despite advancing, were far from inspirational in victory. To go further than they've ever gone before, they will need to play a much better brand of hockey moving forward.

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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.

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The Sharks claimed Game 6 on "Jumbo" Joe Thornton's game-winner, but not before wringing every bit of tension from the first-round affair. Now the battle gets exponentially harder. Ray Ratto goes inside the game.

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In a series they are expected to win, the Sharks are becoming a tad squeamish as the Kings continue to hang on. Nobody understands that pressure more than San Jose's struggling goalie Antti Niemi.

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The Kings scored three first-period goals, forcing Todd McLellan to pull Antti Niemi early, while the Kings' Jonathan Quick made 51 saves to force Game 6. Ray Ratto breaks down a blown chance in San Jose.

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The decision to load the fourth line with Stoll and Penner, whose disappointing series has matched his disappointing season in L.A., seems to be an attempt to get enough balance to force San Jose coach Todd McLellan to use his mostly ethereal fourth line more.

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Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic will play his second game ever without his best and most persistent coach, his grandfather Ivan Vlasic, who died Wednesday after a prolonged illness.

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