Archive for May, 2010

NHL announces official start to Western Conference Finals, puck will drop on Sharks-Blackhawks Sunday at high noon

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 13, 2010

A press release from the NHL: NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced that the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final, featuring the San Jose Sharks vs. the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Eastern Conference Final, featuring the Montreal Canadiens vs. the winner of the Boston Bruins-Philadelphia Flyers Conference Semifinal series, will begin [...]

Hockey Notes – 5/13

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 13, 2010

HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN GATHERS PLAYERS AT PRACTICE WEDNESDAY SHARKS VP/ASSISTANT GM WAYNE THOMAS AND DEVIN SETOGUCHI SHARKS 6-FOOT-5 GOALTENDER HENRIK KARLSSON AT PRACTICE – The Sharks first practice Wednesday after learning of their opponent in the Western Conference Finals was focused and intense. Clocking in at just under an hour and a half, head [...]

DOH Podcast #99: Detroit-Sharks recap, a look ahead to Chicago, and paying off playoff bets

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mike Peattie, Doug Santana and a sullen ‘Wings fan in Sharks land’ (aka Chris) discuss the Sharks-Detroit series, the return of defenseman Niclas Wallin for game 5, preview the upcoming meeting with the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals, and repay playoff bets on the 99th episode of the Dudes on Hockey podcast. This Sharks [...]

Denmark shocks Team USA with 2-1 win in overtime at the 2010 IIHF World Championships in Germany

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

TEAM USA AND TEAM DENMARK LINE UP FOR A 3RD PERIOD FACEOFF MONDAY – UNIVERSAL SPORTS It has been a long time since Denmark’s 47-0 loss to Canada in the 1947 World Championships. The southernmost Nordic country has grown in fits and starts until it may have quietly become the next European hockey country to [...]

Versus Sweatshirt Contest – predict Sharks-Blackhawks Western Conference Final series and win a Versus hoodie

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Here is a simple contest for readers of this blog. Send us your predictions for the San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, and one reader will win a black Versus hooded sweatshirt. You can include the series outcome, how many hat tricks Patrick Marleau will score, how many times Dustin Byfuglien takes [...]

CSN California sees a record 6.57 rating for Sharks series clinching game 5 against Detroit

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, May 10, 2010

THE SHARKS CELEBRATED A 4-1 SERIES WIN OVER DETROIT SATURDAY CSN California set record viewership numbers Saturday night for game 5. The Sharks 2-1 series clinching win drew a 6.57 rating, and averaged over 164,250 households. That is up 58% over comparable numbers for game 5 against Colorado in the first round. Saturday’s game 5 [...]

End of the Douglas Murray hit on Johan Frazen debate

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, May 9, 2010

This CSNCA slow-motion video of Douglas Murray’s third period hit on Johan Franzen ends the debate over whether or not it was an illegal hit to the head. Legal. Shoulder to shoulder, would be a 2-minute minor if Frazen did not just drive into the zone, drop a pass, and turn his back on the [...]

WCSF Game 5: San Jose is back in the Western Conference Finals, Marleau and Thornton lead Sharks to 2-1 win with pair of goals

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, May 9, 2010

#19 JOE THORNTON CELEBRATES WIN OVER DETROIT, TRIP TO WCF #20 EVGENI NABOKOV SHAKES HAND OF #35 JIMMY HOWARD AFTER GAME #13 PAVEL DATSYUK CARRIES THE PUCK INTO THE SHARKS ZONE LATE #8 PAVELSKI BATTLES FOR A 3RD PERIOD FACEOFF WITH #40 ZETTERBERG San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan may have sidestepped the question [...]

WCSF Game 5: Post-series comments by San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, May 9, 2010

Post-series comments by San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan: “I don’t know if this is a changing of the guard. They are a very good team, they have obviously been to the finals the last couple years. This is a very, very big win for our organization for a lot of different reasons. One, [...]

WCSF Game 5: Audio from the Tank

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, May 9, 2010

I deserve a fail for attempting to take audio from the game without a proper microphone. 90% of the audio was inaudible due to the extremely loud volume level. Above are a pair of third period chants from the crowd where you can almost make out what is going on.

Shark Tank named ‘Toughest Road Arena’ in Sports Illustrated NHL player poll

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 8, 2010

ORANGE AND TEAL DOTTED CROWD CELEBRATE GOAL AGAINST COLORADO IN WCQF Sports Illustrated NHL Player Poll: [Q] What is the toughest road arena to play in? HP Pavilion – Sharks 19% (capacity 17,562) Bell Centre – Canadiens 14% (capacity 21,273) United Center – Blackhawks 13% (capacity 21,356) Wachovia Center – Flyers 12% (capacity 19,535) Joe [...]

WCSF Game 4: Johan Franzen explodes for 4 goals, Wings score five times in first to blitz San Jose with 7-1 win

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, May 7, 2010

Notes and links from the Detroit Red Wings 7-1 win over the San Jose Sharks in game 4 of the WCSF will be posted soon.

ECHL National Conference Finals Game 3: Stockton defeats Idaho in triple overtime, longest game in franchise history cuts Steelheads series lead to 2-1

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 6, 2010

STOCKTON GOALTENDER #31 BRYAN PITTON MADE 49 SAVES IN TRIPLE OT SHUTOUT IDAHO STEELHEADS LW #27 JOHN SWANSON FIRES A SHOT ON GOAL IN THE 3RD IDAHO GOALTENDER #31 RICHARD BACHMAN MAKES A DIVING STICK SAVE It took the longest game in Stockton Thunder franchise history, and the longest scoreless overtime game in ECHL Kelly [...]

Interview with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed on Sharks-Wings, Joe Pavelski, A’s stadium in San Jose, and the record $116 million budget shortfall

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 6, 2010

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed took office in January 2007 and quickly established himself as a straightforward and no-nonsense city leader. Lauded for his fiscally responsiblility, and his efforts to build a more open and transparent City Hall, Mayor Reed is working hard to address one of the most difficult challenges the city has ever [...]

DOH Podcast #98: Marleau and Thornton train leads to 3-0 lead, gripping Red Wings fans, outlook for game 4

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana break down the Sharks 3-0 lead over Detroit in the Western Conference Semifinals, the gripping Red Wings fan base, Patrick Marleau’s winning goal in game 3, and proffer an outlook for game 4 on the 98th episode of the Dudes on Hockey podcast. This Sharks podcast is posted here with [...]

WCSF Game 3: Marleau scores overtime game winning goal to ice Detroit 4-3, Sharks lead series 3-0

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Sharks went into the belly of the beast at Joe Louis Arena, and they emerged with a hard fought 4-3 overtime win and a critical 3-0 lead in the WCSF. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau connected for Marleau’s game winning breakaway goal 7:07 into overtime, and both players took a large step towards erasing [...]

NHL Playoff statistic: most game winning postseason goals since 2001

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Statistics updated from last year: MOST PLAYOFF GAME WINNING GOALS SINCE 2001-02 SEASON: SJ, Patrick Marleau – 11 DET, Johan Franzen – 10 NYR, Chris Drury – 9 PHI, Danny Briere – 9 OTT, Daniel Alfredsson – 8 PIT, Evgeni Malkin – 7 COL, Peter Forsberg – 7 DAL, Brad Richards – 7 TB, Martin [...]

Versus ratings up for the first two games of the San Jose-Detroit series, Sunday’s Sharks-Wings most watched Conference Semifinal game in 10 years

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Versus numbers for the first two nationally broadcast games of the San Jose-Detroit WCSF playoff series: Game 1 – Thursday, April 29th – 1.4 HH, 1.45 million viewers Game 2 – Sunday, May 2nd – 1.6 HH, 1.77 million viewers The Sharks-Wings series is drawing impressive numbers for Versus. Recently released Nielsen live-plus-same-day numbers point [...]

Hockey Notes – 5/4

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

OCEANS 11 PHOTO OF THE ALLEGED SHARK TOSSERS – YAHOO PUCK DADDY LEOPORD SHARK WITH OCTOPUS SEWN IN MOUTH THROWN ON ICE IN GM2 – More information is coming out about the 3-foot Leopard Shark (Triakis semifasciata) tossed on the ice after Joe Pavelski’s first period goal in game 2. According to the ABC-7 video [...]

WCSF Game 2: Joe Thornton game winning goal sparks 4-3 win, Sharks will head to Detroit up 2 games

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, May 3, 2010

#19 JOE THORNTON SCORES THE GAME WINNING GOAL AT 12:37 OF 3RD #22 DAN BOYLE AND #36 DWIGHT HELMINEN SKATE THROUGH THE SHARK HEAD GOALTENDER #35 JIMMY HOWARD REACTS TO THORNTON GW GOAL The number of teal and black flags around HP Pavilion rivaled the number of Mexican national flags for pre-Cinco de Mayo celebrations [...]