Ray Ratto

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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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The Sharks are up 3-1 in their series with the Kings. It's a point where, in the past, the team might have folded. Don't expect that to happen this year.

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Senior Insider Ray Ratto presents the cold hard facts from the Sharks' Game 4 win over the Kings.

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Game 4 didnt resemble anything like the three before it. But a six-goal Sharks outburst has San Jose up 3-1 in the series and heading home, on the verge of the unthinkable -- normalcy.

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It's simple, really. Having surrendered eight goals in 80 minutes, Antti Niemi must prevent the most disturbing part of his recent play in L.A. tonight giving up goals in great unsightly blobs.

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Just when you've figured out this back-and-forth Kings-Sharks series between, you're wrong. Our Senior Insider explains why even the players are looking forward to seeing which way the puck bounces in Game 4.

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The Sharks had no business winning Game 3. But some how, some way they pulled it off. Ray Ratto examines what will go down as one of the wildest playoff games in NHL history.

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Having lost control, the Sharks are now on the clock to show they can reassemble the plan and re-establish control of this series.

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By all means, the Sharks should have handled the Kings with relative ease in Game 2. Instead, they stunk up the joint in San Jose and will head to L.A. still wondering what went so horribly wrong.

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With experienced players Ian White and Jarret Stoll out for Game 2 of the Kings-Sharks series, younger players will be faced with pressures of the intense NHL playoff atmosphere.

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The Sharks got the important Game 1 win, but they paid for it as defenseman Ian White's status is unknown for Saturday's Game 2 after a vicious hit from the Kings' Jarret Stoll.

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Barry Bonds is who he was before the trial began, and he is perceived the way he was when he retired, when he broke Henry Aarons home run record ... when he crossed the chemical rubicon.

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Just the idea of Charles Barkley and Chris Webber buying the Sacramento Kings is delicious and exciting, and, it may happen. But probably not in the universe we currently inhabit.

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Everyone who pays attention to the NHL is quite sure that the Sharks will handle the Los Angeles Kings in good order, but the wise person covers both ends.

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Without Andres Torres, Bruce Bochy might as well draw straws to choose his replacement leadoff hitter. But Ray Ratto says the lack of a table setter is just one of many problems plaguing the Giants' offense.

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