San Jose Sharks Smell Blood, Push Detroit Red Wings to Brink

May 4th, 2010 by Phenom Jay Leave a reply »
I had written before that the Red Wings were the Sharks proverbial dragon that had to be slayed on the journey to Lord Stanley's Cup. And heading into Game Three, Joe Louis Arena might as well be named Camelot.

The Sharks knew that this would have been the toughest game so far in the series and knew they had to survive the early Detroit onslaught. Shark fans nervously waited and braced themselves to watch the intense battle unfold and hoped that this time, the script would unfold differently.
Eighteen minutes in, after a wicked one-timer from Dan Cleary upped the Red Wings lead 2-0, the Sharks seemed to be fulfilling the prophecies of playoffs past.

Despite a huge effort from Evgeni Nabokov in the first, an absolutely clutch glove save on a penalty shot from Zetterberg, the Red Wings were up two goals and the team looked flat and were playing on their heels.
But with less than two seconds left in the first stanza, our second line once again rose to the occasion. Devin Setoguchi held the puck along the boards after being rubbed out by Lidstrom sent the puck to Pavelski who tried a wrap around shot on rookie tender Jimmy Howard. Dat ...

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