Sharks lose lead in third, Wings force Game 7

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Sharks lose lead in third, Wings force Game 7

May 10, 2011

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DETROIT (AP) Valtteri Filppula and the Detroit Red Wings kept their season going with another late rally.Now, they're on the verge of an even greater comeback.Henrik Zetterberg and Filppula scored less than two minutes apart in the third period, and the Red Wings came from behind again for a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, forcing a decisive seventh game after trailing 3-0 in the pulsating second-round series.After a night full of missed chances and agonizing bounces, Detroit scored three times in the final 9:22 in front of a delirious crowd at Joe Louis Arena.Game 7 is Thursday night at San Jose.
RATTO: Sharks outplayed, outworked, out-everything'ed
"I think you have to believe all the time, whatever the score is, even if you're behind, that you can come back," Filppula said. "Believing we can, it's definitely a big part of it."San Jose must defend home ice to avoid becoming the fourth NHL team to lose a best-of-seven series after leading 3-0. Logan Couture scored early in the third period for the Sharks, but Zetterberg tied it with 9:22 remaining, and Filppula scored the winner with 7:28 left.Darren Helm added an empty-net goal. Every other game in the series was decided by one goal."I didn't think we should have been down 0-3, we could have won them all, so could they," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "That's how tight this has been. Not much to pick between the teams."Detroit scored the last three goals of Game 5 to win 4-3.
GAME 6 NOTES: Marleau fails to dent the stat sheet
The Red Wings are the second team this season to erase a 3-0 series hole. Chicago did it in the first round before losing Game 7 at Vancouver. Philadelphia came all the way back last year in the second round, winning the final four games against Boston.Those recent successes make the task now seem much less daunting."One of the things we're fortunate to have is the leadership and the calmness of the guys who are a bit older," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "They have been around. There's no panic at any time. We just stuck to the game plan for 60 minutes. That's the only way you can do it. If you don't believe, then you're done."Skating with confidence and desperation, the Red Wings outshot San Jose 45-25, but they were on the verge of elimination after Couture batted a rebound out of midair and the puck trickled past goalie Jimmy Howard with 16:06 remaining. The puck barely crossed the goal line before Howard covered it with his glove, but the goal stood after a review.San Jose's lead was short-lived, and now the Sharks head back to California with only one more chance to close out the series."Just ask Detroit. They lost three in a row and their confidence wasn't frayed," San Jose forward Joe Thornton said. "We're a confident group, still. You work 82 games to get home ice in these Game 7s. Now we just have to make it work."Zetterberg tied it by deflecting a wrist shot by Kronwall past goalie Antti Niemi, and the Sharks never regained momentum. Filppula put Detroit ahead, converting a nice cross-ice pass by Pavel Datsyuk.The Red Wings outplayed the Sharks from the start. At the midway point of the first period, Detroit had an 11-1 edge in shots, to the delight of the home crowd that had given the Red Wings a standing ovation when they took the ice."We put up an embarrassing effort. It's nothing to do with Xs and Os. It's about whatever it takes to get yourself ready," Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray said. "This was unacceptable, but we have to move away from it. We've got an important game Thursday."Jiri Hudler had a good scoring chance from a severe angle with Niemi slightly out of position, but the Detroit forward was unable to score.The Sharks managed a couple of early chances on counterattacks. Immediately after coming out of the penalty box, Dan Boyle found himself with space in the Detroit zone, but he fanned on a backhand attempt while bearing down on Howard.Howard stopped Benn Ferriero on a breakaway later in the period - the San Jose right wing didn't have much time to control the puck before trying to slip it in.The action was just as intense at the start of the second. Detroit's Drew Miller shot wide on a rebound with Niemi sprawled in front of the net. With 15:25 left in the period, the normally mild-mannered Datsyuk was involved in a brief scrap with San Jose's Torrey Mitchell.Datsyuk was given two minor penalties to Mitchell's one, but it was the Red Wings who ended up with the best scoring chance to that point. Danny Cleary, who was serving one of the penalties, had a clean breakaway when he came out of the penalty box just as Detroit was clearing its zone. Cleary made a nice move around Niemi but hit the side of the net with the goalie down and out.The Red Wings outshot San Jose 32-13 in the first two periods.NOTES: San Jose F Ryane Clowe missed Game 6 because of an undisclosed upper body injury. Clowe leads San Jose with 13 points this postseason. ... The Red Wings were without RW Johan Franzen, who reinjured his left ankle in Game 5. Veteran forward Mike Modano rejoined the lineup after playing in only one other game this postseason. ... According to STATS LLC, four NHL teams have rallied from a 3-0 deficit but lost a seventh game. ... San Jose F Patrick Marleau, called "gutless" on national television after Game 5 by former Sharks player and current analyst Jeremy Roenick, had one shot on goal and no points.

Casspi thanks Kings after trade to Pelicans: 'Definitely isn't easy'

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Casspi thanks Kings after trade to Pelicans: 'Definitely isn't easy'

The Kings traded Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, prompting the forward to post a heartfelt message on his Instagram account.

I want to thank the Sacramento Kings organization for the opportunity to play basketball in front of the great fans of Sacramento. My wife and I felt in Sacramento like being home and this is something we both will cherish for ever. This definitely isn't easy for me and my family to leave, and you all know how much I love our city, organization and fans but the time has come. I want to wish nothing but success to my Kings. I will definitely will follow and cheer from afar. 
Always a big part of my heart, 
Omri #18

Casspi, 28, averaged 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 18 minutes per game for the Kings this year.

A's spring training Day 7: Rosales readies himself everywhere

A's spring training Day 7: Rosales readies himself everywhere

MESA, Ariz. — Adam Rosales has a real simple plan for which infield position he chooses to try to get work at.

“Wherever there’s less guys, I go over there,” he explained with a smile.

The sun came out and the A’s finally got on the field for their first full-squad workout Monday after being rained out Sunday. That meant Rosales, back for his second go-round as an Athletic, got his first chance to prepare for what figures to be a super-utility role, which is how he’s carved out a nine-year major league career.

All indications are that he’ll be the primary backup infielder, capable of spelling Jed Lowrie at second base, Marcus Semien at shortstop, Trevor Plouffe at third and even fill in at first base or left field in a pinch.

Though Rosales, who spent 2010-12 with Oakland and re-signed in January on a one-year $1.25 million deal, is well-versed in preparing himself all over the diamond, one position in particular is one that he says is most difficult to master in limited time.

“Shortstop,” he offered without hesitation. “There’s a lot more going on there, a lot less room for error. At shortstop, especially with a guy like Mike Trout running, you’ve got to be in good rhythm, good timing, get rid of the ball and make an accurate throw.”

Depending on how the A’s prioritize their 25-man roster, Rosales could very well be the only backup infielder. That means fellow infielders Joey Wendle and Chad Pinder would start in the minors if the A’s were to keep a fifth outfielder or third catcher. But because the A’s have some players who can fill in at multiple spots, there’s numerous ways they can choose to configure the roster when it comes time to pare it down.

Rosales, 33, said walking back into the A’s clubhouse for the first time made him “feel like I’m back home.” So much of the support staff — equipment guys, clubhouse guys — are the same as when he was here before. He was also happy to see former infield mate Mark Ellis walk through the door Sunday. He says Ellis, a teammate from 2010-11, instilled in him the importance of being a great defender. Ellis is working as a part-time spring instructor.

“He told me, the No. 1 reason he was in the big leagues was because of this,” Rosales said, holding up his glove. “I was such a young player then. I’d always work with him, how to turn double plays. Just to have him around is awesome.”

NOTEWORTHY: Sonny Gray and Kendall Graveman were among the pitchers who faced hitters for the first time this season. Bruce Maxwell caught Gray, his first time behind the plate with Gray other than the one inning Gray threw in an abbreviated start at Anaheim toward the end of last season. Maxwell said Gray’s changeup in particular looked good.

Manager Bob Melvin has been very impressed early on with Graveman’s command. Graveman said he’s trying to improve his changeup, in an effort to induce weak contact from righties and get them on the their front foot, which could then make him more effective on the inside corner.

CAMP BATTLE: There could be a good fight for the seventh and final spot in the bullpen, and it would seem being left-handed could give someone an edge. Sean Doolittle is the only lefty currently projected among the A’s top six relievers. Melvin had good things to say about Daniel Coulombe, a lefty who made 35 appearances in relief last year and also saw a bit of time with Oakland in 2015. Coulombe posted a 4.53 ERA last season but struck out 54 in 47 2/3 innings.