They can make this game a series. If the sharks play the way I know they can, they can beat the Canucks 3 games in a row. Now, will it happen is a completely different question.... No more mistakes can be tolerated, and in a series where the Sharks are making mistakes as often as a kindergartener picks his/her nose... it is not looking good.
I know I'm being a downer, but despite the better even strength play today, they still lost because of penalties. They have to be better disciplined, and they have to take advantage of their power plays. Thornton may not be 100% either.
I think this series can get to 7 games if Thornton is not hurt. Vancouver have had problems closing out game 5s and San Jose will be playing extremely desperate. Have to take it one game at a time and not look at it winning three in a row.
Until the team can stop making silly mistakes and start making good, simple, and hard decisions with their puck play offensively, they will never see consistent enough play to beat the Vancouver Canucks.
No more reaching with your sticks. No more trying to be subtle with your cheating. No more trying to go through skates and sticks with passes. No more keeping the pucks to the perimeter when you have an opening to penetrate the defense.
They need to get pucks and move them out. They need to gain the red line and chip it in. They need to win battles along the boards and start putting pucks at Luongo's feet and driving the net. They had more than enough opportunities in the first two periods especially on their power plays and they kept trying to make the perfect play to set up the perfect goal. How they ran their power play in the first three was the polar opposite of today.
Don't have an answer now. Will have to see if Thornton plays.
However, we need to start thinking about asset protection. Demers is a loss on the blueline, but right now I'm glad he didn't come back. We need him 100% next year because he is going to be a big factor in next year's season.
Couture, well, we need him to stay with Papa bear. Would prefer him resting otherwise.
Clowe, we need Papa bear to be better for next year. We don't want his injury nagging him into camp.
I don't know what to say about Thornton's injury yet.
Take away the penalties and we win this game, and I'm confident that that's exactly what will happen in at least one more game. If we can get it back to the Tank then all bets are off. Two teams have already come back from down 3-1 to win a series, and two others came back from down 3-0 to force a Game 7. We can do it too.
Take away the penalties and we win this game, and I'm confident that that's exactly what will happen in at least one more game.
Exactly, if the Sharks stop getting into 5 on 3 trouble, they owned the Nucks the last two games. If they can carry that to Vancouver for Game 5, and then back here for Game 6, they could take this to 7.
I didn't vote, but here are my thoughts as a Vancouver fan
The sharks can win three games in a row against any team - hell, any team can win three games in a row against any team, but at this point I can't say I'd expect it.
If you rebooted the series, the Sharks would have a really good chance at taking the best of seven though, because you can see that despite floundering at the start and not catching on how to deal with Vancouver's speed and style of play, they've got it now. Unfortunately for them, they will need three games called favorably (and I don't mean getting ref bias, but rather not getting **** calls against them) and we've seen it demonstrated that its simply not going to happen for either team. The officiating has been so bad that even if the Sharks are the better team for however many games left, they are not going to get the breaks needed.
Really, it worked out that Vancouver only needed to win two games on even ground (tactically) and San Jose needed to win four. Also, if Joe's hurt as it seems he may be (I haven't followed up on this) I'd say their chances go from slim to nil.
My original prediction was, from a vancouver standpoint, win win loss win loss win and I'm thinking that's still the most likely outcome.
I think if Sharks win game 5, we have a good chance of taking 6 (just my 'gut' feeling). Then game 7 is up for grabs.
But hell, who knows with this team.
The Sharks and Bruins have pissed me off immensely these playoffs. Both teams are great when they skate and forecheck. Both are inconsistent. Just when you think they are gaining the momentum, they give it right back with a lazy effort. Ya, the sharks outshot the canucks badly, but how many decent scoring chances did they have?