|SJS||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|NSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On playing the No. 2 team in the league…
I expected them to play with a lot of resiliency. I thought we played a really strong game. The first period was one of our strongest periods in awhile and when we were down 1-0, I didn’t think that they had anything other than the power play working. After the first, I knew we had to keep doing the same things, keep up the pace, push the net and execute the plays.
On scoring three goals during the second period…
We had the three goals there in a row. That first one was a big goal because we had to break the ice a little bit. With that third goal I think that was probably “game, set and match” because the power play came through and gave us a big goal.
On the crowd…
With the crowd, you could just feel the energy and it exploded the building, which they always do. The guys stayed on it, we got a couple of quick goals, and went to the net really hard.
On the outcome of the game…
Bottom line, we just played a really strong game. Credit goes to Radek Bonk. I think he was outstanding playing against Joe Thornton all night; that whole line, actually, with Smithson and Tootoo, was really solid. Everything was solid, including the goaltending.
On the younger guys stepping up because of Legwand’s injury…
One thing is that you have to ask guys to step up and play a higher role. Some guys embrace the challenge and are able to do something and some guys wither. We’ve talked about having no excuses.
On missing key players in tonight’s game…
We went into the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year against the top team in the Western Conference without Scott Nichol, Jason Arnott and David Legwand, and we pushed them hard. Everybody talks about having the opportunities and just embracing the opportunities. We are pretty close to the finish line and there is no reason to make any excuses. We talked about playing as a team because that is how we are going to win.
Forward Steve Sullivan
On the final power-play the Sharks received in the closing minutes of the game…
We were a little upset, but I believe we channeled our energy the right way and we were back on the ice doing the right things that we needed to do to get back in the hockey game. We fed off of it, I think we fed off each other a lot in tonight’s game. We are really pleased with the performance tonight.
On San Jose coming out strong in the third period…
I thought they came out hard, for the first 10 minutes at least, we answered them well. It was still back-and-forth then they got a power-play that actually gave us momentum. We held in there really strong.
On what turned them around in the second period…
They were a tired team tonight after a long game in Chicago, so we took it to them early and often in the first period, and carried that momentum well into the second period. Even though they had the 2-0 lead, we thought we were the fresher team and if we kept going after them good things would happen.
Defenseman Greg Zanon
On scoring two goals in two minutes…
It was just a momentum change. It all started when Jordan Tootoo went after them hard, their defense started coughing up pucks, they began to look over their shoulders more and when that happens and you have that fear that you are about to get laid out, things start to happen. We got that one big goal by Radek Bonk to start us off. We saw the chance, what we call “tilting the ice,” so we tilted the ice our way. Scoring three goals like that made them tighten up so we got to play our defensive style.
On his goal…
I got a good screen on my goal, it wasn’t a hard shot, but it was one of those things where you just want to get the puck to the net no matter what.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne
On missing top two centers….
It is so great for our younger guys like Cal O’Reilly tonight, and other guys that are just stepping up. It’s always tough to lose those kind of players, we miss them of course, but at the same time our guys are doing a great job filling those holes.
On competing every single game…
It gives you a huge confidence booster to come out of games with a win, especially if they are a good team like the Sharks. We know that after losing a couple periods we can always come back and that’s a good thing right now.
|PPG - Joe Pavelski (22) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (28), Devin Setoguchi (31)|
1 - 0 SJS
|PPG - Devin Setoguchi (30) ASST: Milan Michalek (32), Dan Boyle (38)|
2 - 0 SJS
|PPG - Radek Bonk (8) ASST: Shea Weber (27), Martin Erat (29)|
2 - 1 SJS
|Martin Erat (17) ASST: Steve Sullivan (13), Shea Weber (28)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Greg Zanon (4) ASST: Jerred Smithson (8), Radek Bonk (14)|
3 - 2 NSH
|Scott Nichol Hi-sticking against Joe Pavelski|
|Christian Ehrhoff Tripping against Vernon Fiddler|
|Jordin Tootoo Boarding against Dan Boyle|
|Ryan Vesce Holding the stick against Greg De Vries|
|Jody Shelley Hooking against Ryan Suter|
|Cal O'Reilly Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Joe Pavelski Boarding against Scott Nichol|
|Ryan Suter Cross checking against Joe Pavelski|
|SA: 33||TOI: 58:40|
|Saves: 30||EV: 29 - 31|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .909||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 31||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 29||EV: 22 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 9|
|SV%: .935||SH: 0 - 0|