Archive for May, 2011

DOH Podcast #152: Hockey Gods hate San Jose, major change vs shuffling approach vs stand pat for 2012, the transformation of Joe Thornton, what happened to Jason Demers

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana try to devine the reason Hockey Gods hate San Jose, discuss their initial reactions to the end of the Sharks season in the Western Conference Finals, the bizarre game tying and game winning goals in game 5, whether the second straight Conference Finals appearance was a sign of improvement or [...]

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

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A partial transcript of San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan’s post-game press conference comments: [Q] Your team left nothing out there tonight, Todd. What do you say to them? [Todd McLellan] Well, again, we left them alone. They’re tired. They’re sore. They’re disappointed. All the feelings that go with losing a series and losing [...]

WCF Game 5: San Jose Sharks season ends on fluke bounce in double overtime, fluttering Kevin Bieksa shot gives Vancouver Canucks first berth in Stanley Cup Finals since 1993-94

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Players on the ice for both teams were confused. Joe Pavelski signaled with an arm in the air that an Alexander Edler dump-in had gone off the netting. In double overtime tied 2-2, Vancouver and San Jose players on the ice let up but play was still live. The puck bounced off the metal stanchion [...]

WCF Game 4: Sharks season on the brink as Vancouver Canucks score NHL playoff record three 5-on-3 goals in Game 4

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, May 23, 2011

#1 ROBERTO LUONGO STOPS 1 OF 74 ATTEMPTED SHOTS (SOG/MS/BS) IN 3RD #39 LOGAN COUTURE FACEOFF VS #39 CODY HODGSON TO START 2ND PERIOD SJ DEFENSEMAN #3 DOUGLAS MURRAY WAS DANGEROUS OFFENSIVELY IN GAME 4 Notes from the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 win in game 4 of the Western Conference Finals will be posted soon. The [...]

WCF Game 4: Keith Ballard’s hit of the playoffs results in Jamie McGinn aerial cartwheel

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, May 23, 2011

LOW HIT BY #4 KEITH BALLARD SENDS #64 JAMIE MCGINN ON AERIAL CARTWHEEL IN 2ND – CBC San Jose Sharks forward Jamie McGinn continued his one man human highlight reel in game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, this time on the opposite end of the physical play. After knocking Vancouver defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and [...]

WCF Game 3: Vancouver Canucks lose composure with 11 penalties in game 3, San Jose holds serve with 4-3 win on home ice

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 21, 2011

#16 DEVIN SETOGUCHI TRIES TO GATHER REBOUND IN FRONT OF #1 ROBERTO LUONGO IN 3RD #64 JAMIE MCGINN BATTLES #29 AARON ROME IN FRONT OF VANCOUVER NET IN 2ND #12 PATRICK MARLEAU SCORED 4TH GOAL OF SERIES IN FIRST PERIOD The Sharks breathed much needed life into their Western Conference Final playoff hopes holding on [...]

WCF Game 3: Post-game comments by San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 21, 2011

SAN JOSE SHARKS HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN POST-GAME COMMENTS Post-game comments by San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan: Q. What did you like most about the way your team played tonight? COACH McLELLAN: I thought our intensity was much improved from where it was in Vancouver. I thought we played harder, we won more [...]

WCF Game 3: Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Antti Niemi post-game press conference comments

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 21, 2011

THORNTON, MARLEAU, NIEMI AT POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE SAN JOSE SHARKS GOALTENDER ANTTI NIEMI POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE SAN JOSE SHARKS ALTERNATE CAPTAIN PATRICK MARLEAU POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE Post-game comments by captain Joe Thornton: (On difference playing Sedin line more than Kesler line) They are both centerman, both good lines. We try to play the same way, [...]

WCF Game 3: Green Man arms race turned Teal and Orange for game 3 in San Jose

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 21, 2011

TEAL AND ORANGE MEN SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH #3 KEVIN BIEKSA IN 2ND TEAL MEN, BARRACUDA THREE, SUPPORTERS AND RANDOM FAN GET FIRED UP IN 3RD TEAL MAN REPRISES GM2 DISPLAY IN VANCOUVER FOR #17 RYAN KESLER – CBC ‘NO DIVING ALLOWED’ SIGN FOR #17 RYAN KESLER, #14 BURROWS IN 3RD – CBC The Green [...]

Note to San Jose PD, Let the Cars Bounce!!!

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 21, 2011

A LOW RIDER BOUNCES IN FRONT OF THRONG OF HOCKEY FANS IN DOWNTOWN SJ SLICK RIDE FEATURED PLAYOFF FLAG, REAR HOOD PAINTING, NEON BACK WINDOW SIGN A sight you will not see in Vancouver: An hour after the Sharks earned a 4-3 win over the Canucks a crowd of 40 San Jose and Vancouver fans [...]

How will San Jose fans address the Green Man, Vancouver-vs-celebrity fan arms race?

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, May 20, 2011

PLAID AND STRIPES GREEN MEN VS DOUGLAS MURRAY GM1 – VERSUS DANY HEATLEY NOT IMPRESSED WITH GREEN MEN GM1 – VERSUS NOT A GREEN MAN, NOT A FAN OF BEN EAGER IN GM2? – SCREENSHOT/CBC In addition to the players on the ice, fans inside HP Pavilion and the city of San Jose itself will [...]

DOH Podcast #151: Reliving Game 2, Ben Eager’s penalty filled performance, unclear fix for Sharks problems, third period problems throughout playoffs

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, May 20, 2011

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana relive a horrific game 2 performance, break down the 1 line that is working and the 3 lines that are not, discuss Logan Couture’s critical mistakes, problems San Jose are having maintaining after scoring a goal, the problems Pavelski-Mitchell-Wellwood are having making an impact against the Lapierre-Torres line, the fact [...]

Examining line matchups, shift charts, special teams battle in first two games of the Western Conference Final

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 19, 2011

SHIFT CHART WCF GM1 VAN-SJ – TIMEONICE.COM The San Jose vs Vancouver Western Conference Final series was expected to shake out a litte differently than the Sharks experience against Detroit in the second round. With two deep puck possession teams, Todd McLellan and Mike Babcock were prepared to roll lines without as much emphasis on [...]

WCF Game 2: Post-game comments by San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Post-game comments by San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan: I think that is over-simplifying. They had more battle in their game than we did. This time of the year when you have more battle, more of a tenacity to your game, you are going to win. Ben Eager’s hit started a bit of a [...]

DOH Podcast #150: sesquicentennial episode, San Jose Sharks vs Vancouver Canucks preview, Red Wings fan torture

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana host Chris ‘Wings fan in Sharks land” in brutal bet-payment mode, wrap-up the tight San Jose vs Detroit Western Conference Semifinal series, discuss the fate of future Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, preview the upcoming San Jose vs Vancouver #1 seed vs #2 seed Western Conference Final, how the [...]

Interview with independent goalie scout Justin Goldman: Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo scouting report, Pekka Rinne, Vezina outlook, Tim Thomas, late SJ goalie coach Warren Strelow’s lasting impact, Evgeni Nabokov vs Antti Niemi

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 14, 2011

VANCOUVER CANUCKS GOALTENDER #1 ROBERTO LUONGO – FILE PHOTO VANCOUVER CANUCKS GOALTENDER – ROBERTO LUONGO Height: 6-3, Weight: 205, Age: 32 Catches: Left, Shoots: Left 2011 WCF vs SAN JOSE: begins Sunday 5PM. 2011 WCSF vs NASHVILLE: 6GP, 4-2, 1SO, 1.67GAA, .929SV% 2011 WCQF vs CHICAGO: 7GP, 4-3, 1SO, 3.88GAA, .881SV% 2011 REGULAR SEASON: 60GP, [...]

Sharks-Wings Game 7 drew record numbers locally for CSN California and Fox Sports Detroit, Games 5&7 in top 5 for Versus, CSN regional networks to be rebranded by NBC Sports

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 14, 2011

After a pair of Eastern Conference Semifinal sweeps and a 6-game series win by Vancouver, all of the eyeballs in the hockey world were on the Sharks-Wings game 7 finale Thursday night in San Jose. After record ratings came in for both local markets, interest from casual and general sports fans was strong as well. [...]

DOH Podcast #149: Game 7 reaction, Ryane Clowe’s triumpant return, Antti Niemi’s strong game 7 and strong series, Pavel Datsyuk, Dan Boyle

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana react to the Sharks game 7 performance against Detroit, discuss the atmosphere and support inside HP Pavilion even after surrendering a 3-0 lead, Ryane Clowe’s triumphant return after sitting out game 6 with an undisclosed injury, Pavel Datsyuk’s incredible backhand laser to bring the Wings within a goal in the [...]

WCSF Game 7: Sharks edge past Detroit Red Wings after closest playoff series in franchise history, Patrick Marleau makes statement to East Coast and Canadian critics with game winning and series clinching goal

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, May 13, 2011

#44 VLASIC HAMMERED BY #8 ABDELKADER IN FRONT OF #31 NIEMI IN 3RD #40 HENRIK ZETTERBERG, #8 PAVEL DATSYUK, #5 NICKLAS LIDSTROM PLOT ANOTHER COMEBACK ATTEMPT IN 3RD TWO CLASS FRANCHISES ACKNOWLEDGE TIGHT SERIES IN POST-GAME HANDSHAKE LINE Speak softly, and carry a hockey bag full of Stanley Cup Playoff game winning goals. After an [...]

WCSF Game 7: Post-series comments by San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan and Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, May 13, 2011

Post-series comments by San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan: Patrick (Marleau) has been through an awful lot. This year is no different than any other year. Patty, Jumbo, they become the lightning rods. When it doesn’t go well, people question them. That was out there. The way we played him in the series, the [...]