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.
San Jose has never swept a series, and is 0-1 in the only other 3-0 game they ever played, here in Detroit a year ago. Not just 0-1m, but 0-1 by losing 7-1. The Sharks get a chance to change that on Friday night.
The Sharks can thank Devin Setoguchi and his three-goal night for helping cheat the reaper in a classic that was more Detroits than San Joses. Ray Ratto goes inside the game on a dramatic night in Detroit.
Mike Babcock got in some gamesmanship Wednesday, announcing not only his teams change but also declaring Todd McLellans. What did San Jose's coach have to say? Ray Ratto reports from Detroit.
Todd McLellan owes his mentor, the Red Wings' Mike Babcock, a great deal of thanks. The Sharks' coach has returned the favor by putting Detroit in an 0-2 hole. Ray Ratto reports from Detroit.
There was plenty of resistance to the Maloof Brothers' plan to find their bliss in Disneyland, and it began with Jerry Buss, who simply didnt want the audience for his LakerTV network to be splintered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.