It seems so easy for the Sharks to play with the Vancouver Canucks -- once you see them actually do it. They redefined this series by showing their best, and how it could negate the Canucks best.
The Sharks need to view and play Friday's Game 3 vs. Vancouver as if it were a Game 7, says Ray Ratto.
Two of San Joses most important players, Joe Pavelski and Ryane Clowe, have struggled so far in this series, on the forecheck, in neutral ice and offensively. And because they have struggled, their linemates have struggled as well.
There was no official wrongdoing in Vancouver on Wednesday night, but fortunately, theres Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault and his attempts to shake up the Sharks.
The Sharks are down, but not out. What questions must they answer in order to turn around their Western Conference Final with Vancouver?
Ben Eager's reckless play wasnt what turned Game 2 of the Western Conference Final with the Vancouver Canucks into the 7-3 failure-ama it became. His mates bear plenty of blame.
What are the storylines for Game 2 between the Sharks and the Canucks? Even more vital, what's on Ray Ratto's mind as he awaits the drop of the puck? We have the answers.
One of the best things about losing Game 1 of a series is that any old excuse will work. Game 2 is another matter -- Win, or prepare to face the whirlwind.
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.