Their second unit looked much better when Gomez came back. It'll only look better one Havlat and Demers get healthy.
They should work on their breakout passes and passing drills in general. I don't know if it's just our home ice or not, but the Sharks bobble more passes than every other team I've seen in the playoffs.
Playing with a lead. Both game 2 and game 4 we let the Canucks take the lead after scoring first (in the third both times, I think), and then had to have some late game and OT heroics to win. Need to put these guys away in the 3rd instead of letting off the gas.
But mostly, get healthy. It'll be so exciting to see potentially fresh guys in the 2nd round.
1) Support on puck-cycling down low. Vancouver had tiomes of sustained zone pressure that seems weak for the Sharks, sometimes.
2) Set plays instead of heavy reliance on one-timers. All teams are very good shot-blockers now.
3) Continue to develop Burns on his O-zone decision making. I see many instances where a pass to a pinching D-man or cycling forward would/could be a better scoring chance than an automatic shot on goal.
4) Stop turnovers between blue lines! Brutal! Two or even three-line passes are used against us effectively, let's use them too.
5) Work on maintaining energy on PK. There were a few times in round 1 where Nucks scored or had long zone time pressure as the Sharks stood in a zone defense instead of pursuing puck carrier like they did in regular season. Don't give PP'ers time to set up plays.
Wingels and Stuart shaken up last night. Demers and Havlat missed (all/most of) series.
And I forgot Burish -- missed all of 3rd.
Sharks will enjoy nearly a week of rest/practice before they'll have to start (circa 5/15) the next series.
They realistically haven't had a "good" practice since January. I can imagine that they'll have a hard practice Thursday, work on stuff Friday; details on Saturday, give the guys the day off Sunday (to be with family & mom). Then work on what's needed/prep for opponent the following week.