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Red Wings look frazzled as Sharks take 2-0 lead

Posted on: May 1, 2011 8:21 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 11:04 pm

The Detroit Red Wings were on their way to losing their sixth playoff game over the last seven against the San Jose Sharks and it showed. 

Tomas Holmstrom negated a crucial Wings power play with a roughing call drawn by Sharks defenseman Jason Demers early in the third period. That penalty put a serious crimp on a chance to answer the eventual game-winning goal by Niclas Wallin as the Sharks earned a 2-1 victory at the HP Pavilion on Sunday to take a 2-0 series lead. 

“We are ready for them,” Demers told reporters after the game. “It’s the playoffs. Everybody is hit. Everybody is contributing to the physicality side of it. It’s good to see tonight that we pushed back when we are being pushed.”

The Red Wings have made the playoffs 20 seasons in a row, but these Sharks are by no means intimidated by the winged wheel. Nor should they be. They are much deeper than the Phoenix Coyotes -- who the Wings swept in the first round -- and the Sharks seemed to have shaken out the uneven play from their first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Kings

Beyond Holmstrom’s penalty, Todd Bertuzzi was also called for roughing, but at least he took Shark Ben Eager with him to the box in the second period. Wings goalie Jimmy Howard also got a few whacks in on Sharks forwards, usually after when snow showers were shoveled his way by Joe Pavelski. Both Howard and Pavelski were called for roughing for similar behavior in Game 1. 

Sharks coach Todd McLellan, a former Red Wings assistant, isn't a fan of those antics as a means to unsettle Howard.

"When it comes to snow showers, I have no time for gimmicks or crap like that,” McLellan said (via CSN Bay Area ). “If our players do that, they’re going to hear it from me, but they’re going (to hear it) from me if they don’t go into the blue paint and look for the puck. But this is not a circus, it’s not a clown show.”

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom told CSN Bay Area that Detroit has brought the snow flurries to the attention of officials. 

“That’s up to the refs,” Lidstrom said. “It’s obvious they are trying to do it. We spoke to the refs about it several times. They have to do something about it. You have to get away from that.”

A key for Wednesday’s Game 3 is for the Sharks not to try to overdo the physical play and take some unnecessary penalties of their own. The Wings are still potent with the man-advantage and their only goal Sunday came on a Henrik Zetterberg maker on the power play with six minutes left in regulation.
  “We have played each other (the last two) years in the postseason,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. “With good teams comes a little bit of hatred in the game. There’s nothing real cheap, but guys are playing hard. That’s what you expect in the playoffs.”

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Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 6:53 pm

Red Wings look frazzled as Sharks take 2-0 lead

As a Red Wings fan, obviously I'm not happy to be down 2-0.  But to read some of the comments (from both fanbases) on this and other threads, you would think the Wings have lost the first 2 games of this series by 5-0 or 6-1 scores!  Both games were won by a score of 2-1 ... and Game 1 went to overtime.  For the mathmatically challenged, thats a total of 6 goals scored so far.  Seems to me that both teams are playing a more defensive-minded game, and both goalies have stepping up their respective games to take care of the rest.

And I am not downplaying what San Jose has done either - they've play a hard, smart, discipled game, and their reward is a 2-0 series lead.  They did what they were supposed to do - win at home!  If Detroit is really "frazzled" - which I don't believe, for what its worth - then what in the world is the definition of the Washington Capitals after losing the first 2 games on their home ice???

San Jose has a talent-ladden roster, last year's Cup winning goalie and a great coach ... kinda hard NOT to see them as anything but a great team.  The only real difference between the 2 teams is that Howard hasn't won a Cup yet.  And I am beyond impressed with the play of Jimmy Howard thus far.  Does Detroit need to be better on the penalty kill?  Absolutely.  Does Detroit needs to get its offense clicking?  No question.  But pucks don't just find their way into the net past a goaltender like Niemi.  And I don't care what happened with him in the 1st Round against LA either ... that doesn't matter anymore.  Detroit got off to a sluggish start against Vancouver back in 2002, but they caught a few breaks, got hot and went on to win the Cup.  That is what the Stanley Cup Playoffs are all about ...

Everyone should just relax and enjoy the rest of the games.  They should be good ones!!!

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2011 5:53 pm

Red Wings look frazzled as Sharks take 2-0 lead

Win or lose this series, I hope the Sharks can stay good for a while longer and give the Wings the heated rival they have needed since the Avs tanked.  A hard-fought, seven game series would be great for hockey.  GO WINGS!

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2011 3:44 pm

Red Wings look frazzled as Sharks take 2-0 lead

Two Coach - You're a hockey fan. I thought you were only into College Basketball. It's disappointing to hear you use words like world class flopping. It reminds me too much of your excuses for why Kansas couldn't win it all. The only real weak part of this series is the play of the wings. The Sharks have man handled them. Detroit has been everyone's pick to win it all, even with Vancouver playing the way they did this season. To hear you say that the Sharks have taken dives to get them power play minutes is just lame. Give the Sharks the credit they deserve.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2011 1:59 pm

Red Wings look frazzled as Sharks take 2-0 lead

It's always great reading Red Wing apologists whine about officiating and how much the ref's union hates Detroit.  Really.

For the last time, shut up about the officiating -- it is what it is.  If Red Wings skated as hard as their fans whined yesterday, then this series would be tied.

GREAT article -- Detroit didn't show up and got caught reaching instead of battling and their frustrations got the better of them (odd, considering that this is usually the Red Wings game plan -- work hard and frustrate the opponent).

This series isn't over, but it will be if Detroit lets the Sharks out hustle them.  Howard isn't invincible; his long rebounds and clumsy catcher hand will come back to bite him.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 1:05 pm

Red Wings look frazzled as Sharks take 2-0 lead

This article is right on. Most of the Wings didn't show up for Game 2. Jimmy Howard's a goalie. He can't win the series by himself. Considering what he has been facing, the Wings are lucky they only suffered 2 goals against in each game. The offense has got to show up, and the defense would help too. In each game, there were some questionable calls (and no-calls), but the refs will ref how they will. It's up to the players on the Wings to win, and Sunday's effort was not nearly good enough. If the Red Wings are going to win this series, they have to play better on both sides of the puck and get the job done at home in Games 3 and 4.

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:28 am

Red Wings look frazzled as Sharks take 2-0 lead

Rick is dead on here. There are no excuses for the Wings in this series so far. To me they really seem to lack the poise they normally show. They seem almost frantic out there. That isn't Red Wings hockey. If they want to get back into the series they need to focus and they need more from guys like Val and Huds. Pav and Hank can't do this on their own. Howard has played solid and given them a chance every game so far and they just aren't giving him enough scoring support. 1 goal per game is not going to cut it. The Wings need to focus more on what they're doing and less on what the Sharks are doing out there or this series will be over in four.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 10:59 am

Red Wings look frazzled as Sharks take 2-0 lead

The Red Wings have had some fluky penalities on inadvertent high sticks get them in big trouble and have also been victimized by some world class flopping by the Sharks. I have seen at least a dozen failed attempts and a few successful attempts to lamely draw penalties by San Jose. Weak.

The one legimate thing that Detroit is failing at is the physical battles along the boards. Detroit has too many finesse players that get into the boards and try to work the puck out with delicate stick work. San Jose is just shoving them off the puck and taking it from them.

Detroit seems to have a ton of amazingly skilled players. They routinely make passes and plays with the puck that are amazing. But they are failing at turning that skill into scores. Strange series to this point. Maybe Detroit will learn that they need to keep their sticks on the ice so they can stop giving up cheesy penalties.

Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: May 2, 2011 10:37 am

Red Wings look frazzled as Sharks take 2-0 lead

How many times has a Shark been punched and jabbed at after the whistle just for going to the net like they're supposed to do?  How many of those incidents have gotten called?
Dude what games are you watching

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2011 11:05 pm

Red Wings look frazzled as Sharks take 2-0 lead

For so many years I've watched a Sharks team that avoids going to the tough areas and would seldom follow up shots.  The result was that goalies could stand tall and look like studs against us.  Now, we have guys battling in front of the net, following up shots, screening, tipping and crashing, and you know what, I'm all for it.

If the puck's there, get after it.  Every time Howard's been sprayed it's been within the first second after stopping the puck, so by all means, go to the net as fast as you can and stop in front to see if any loose change comes out.  Forwards that do those stupid flybys don't score rebound goals.  If Howard is so afraid of shaved ice, he probably shouldn't have gotten into hockey.

The simple truth is that Detroit wants to make an excuse for taking shots at any Sharks that go to the net.  How many times has a Shark been punched and jabbed at after the whistle just for going to the net like they're supposed to do?  How many of those incidents have gotten called?

That's fine though.  Detroit can keep playing their little political game with the refs and the league, and the Sharks will keep playing hockey.

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