Todd McLellan put the end of San Joses night at the 17-minute mark of the second period. Before that, he said, they were doing well enough. After that, they got leg-heavy and brain-weary.
Todd McLellan doesn't want to talk about his team's experience against Chicago last year and how it pertains to this go-round in the Conference Finals. For the Sharks' coach, "experience starts after Game 1."
With 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. That's where we come in -- this is what we do.
Twenty seasons for the Sharks and no Stanley Cup, forty for the Canucks -- this series is about who wins and who remains a group of underachievers, explains Ray Ratto.
The Western Conference Finals may actually be a series that has less to do with showing off to the other kids than it will be in resurrecting self-identity and pride. We'll find out starting Sunday, writes Ray Ratto.
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.