Gritty Sharks back on track
DENVER -- Looking pretty smart after San Jose's wildly entertaining (and, if you're a Sharks fan, somewhat worrisome) 6-5 OT win over the Avalanche in Game 2: Sharks GM
Nichol is the ex-Nashville Predator and 5-foot-9, 180-pound dervish who fought the 6-4
With 20 seconds to play in the second period (and his wife and children on a run to the concession stand, he later learned), Nichol backhanded Ortmeyer's rebound past Avs goalie
"That's what playoff hockey's about, everybody contributing," Malhotra said. "Everybody provided energy, which, shift by shift, we kept building on."
"We're going to enjoy the win right now, and tomorrow we're going to look at the good, the bad and the ugly, learn from it, and get ready to play the next game." As both teams fend off butterflies before Game 3 on Sunday in Denver, let's follow Malhotra's lead and review the good, the bad and the ugly for San Jose:
This one's self-evident: the Sharks forwards. Most of them, anyway.
Nichol centers San Jose's fourth line. He was all over the ice in Game 2, meting out a team-high eight hits. Third-line center Malhotra, meanwhile, won eight of his 10 face-offs. Their play was often overshadowed by the Sharks' second line: left wing
Which is not to say those guys aren't flying around, hitting people, generating a bushel of quality chances. They just have yet to cash any of them in. I still get the strong sense that a deluge is forthcoming ...
While the Sharks often find themselves victims of hot goaltenders in the playoffs, they don't often have one of their own. The general feeling, coming into these playoffs, is that, while he's certainly never
Have you seen the goals in this series? Whether it was Blake inadvertently redirecting
The goals that haven't been fluky have been, well,
"Boyler did a great job pinching down ... He took it to the net, and it was just a lot of chaos and junk. Setoguchi was in there mucking around. Then, it was laying there perfect for me."
"That's the way it has to happen," says McLellan. "It's happening all around the league." He advises fans not to hold their breath waiting for a "pretty, tic-tac-toe finesse [goal] ... We'll be lucky if we get one of those in this series."
Chaos and junk it is, in that case. At least until Heatley and Marleau and Thornton start clicking. Which could be Sunday.