|Western Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 4 - SAN Leads 3-0|
|23||VANCOUVER||+150||Ov 5,+100||+145||Ov 5,+100|
|24||SAN JOSE||-170||Un 5,-120||-165||Un 5,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||11-14-0||-5.9||11-14||-5.9||10-12||2.4||27.8||2.9||30.0|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-6.8||0-5||-6.8||2-2||1.6||30.0||4.2||33.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||51||132||38||48||40||6||11||1441||9.2%||171||27||15.8%||215|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||25||59||18||19||20||2||1||696||8.5%||82||12||14.6%||106|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||1||2||5||0||0||150||5.3%||13||3||23.1%||17|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||3||5||0||2||3||0||0||91||5.5%||6||1||16.7%||11|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||132||30||41||53||8||9||1488||8.9%||184||29||15.8%||212|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||72||18||21||29||4||4||750||9.6%||97||18||18.6%||118|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||21||2||5||13||1||1||166||12.7%||23||5||21.7%||38|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||11||2||2||6||1||0||99||11.1%||16||3||18.7%||20|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||23||20||622||565||90.8%||1||9-11||-6.8||9-11-0||-5||7-11|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Road Games)||11||9||303||275||90.8%||0||5-4||+0.1||5-4-0||+1||4-4|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||4||3||108||95||88.0%||0||0-3||-4||0-3-0||-3||1-1|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Playoff Games)||3||2||71||65||91.5%||0||0-2||-2.8||0-2-0||-2||0-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)||31||31||863||797||92.4%||3||17-14||-1.5||17-14-0||-2||12-15|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Road Games)||16||16||446||406||91.0%||0||6-10||-5.9||6-10-0||-6||6-8|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||117||105||89.7%||0||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Playoff Games)||1||1||28||23||82.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||18-7-0||+6.5||18-7||+6.5||9-12||3.1||32.7||2.0||28.5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.3||3-2||+1.3||1-2||2.8||31.6||2.0||30.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||51||135||38||44||44||9||10||1625||8.3%||185||37||20.0%||213|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||25||78||23||25||25||5||6||817||9.5%||89||23||25.8%||124|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||2||4||7||1||0||158||8.9%||18||3||16.7%||22|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||3||11||2||2||6||1||0||99||11.1%||16||3||18.7%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||121||26||46||42||7||8||1481||8.2%||153||23||15.0%||212|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||51||9||19||18||5||5||712||7.2%||65||8||12.3%||88|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||2||4||4||0||0||150||6.7%||11||2||18.2%||21|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||5||0||2||3||0||0||91||5.5%||6||1||16.7%||11|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||6||5||153||140||91.5%||1||1-4||-4||1-4-0||-4||1-3|
|THOMAS GREISS (Home Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||97||86||88.7%||0||0-3||-3.9||0-3-0||-4||1-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||46||46||1311||1213||92.5%||4||27-19||+3.3||27-19-0||+2||15-21|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||24||24||680||635||93.4%||2||17-7||+5.5||17-7-0||+5||9-11|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||118||110||93.2%||0||3-1||+2.3||3-1-0||+2||1-1|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Playoff Games)||3||3||91||86||94.5%||0||3-0||+3.4||3-0-0||+3||1-1|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||2||0||13||11||84.6%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Home Games)||1||0||7||6||85.7%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)||2||0||13||11||84.6%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: VANCOUVER 3.19, SAN JOSE 3.15|
|4/10/2013||at CALGARY||4-1||W||0, -190||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/13/2013||at COLORADO||3-4||L||0, -165||L||5 ov||O|
|4/15/2013||at NASHVILLE||5-2||W||0, -175||W||5 un||O|
|4/16/2013||at ST LOUIS||1-2||L||0, +125||L||5 un||U|
|4/18/2013||at DALLAS||1-5||L||0, -135||L||5 ov||O|
|4/20/2013||DETROIT||2-1||W||0, -150||W||5 ev||U|
|4/22/2013||CHICAGO||3-1||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|4/25/2013||ANAHEIM||1-3||L||0, -185||L||5 ev||U|
|4/27/2013||at EDMONTON||2-7||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||O|
|5/1/2013||SAN JOSE||1-3||L||0, -140||L||5 un||U|
|5/3/2013||SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, -135||L||5 un||P|
|5/5/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-5||L||0, +115||L||5 un||O|
|5/7/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/11/2013||at DETROIT||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||P|
|4/13/2013||at DALLAS||1-2||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/15/2013||at PHOENIX||4-0||W||0, -110||W||5 un||U|
|4/16/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5 un||P|
|4/18/2013||MINNESOTA||6-1||W||0, -150||W||5 un||O|
|4/21/2013||COLUMBUS||3-4||L||0, -165||L||5 un||O|
|4/23/2013||DALLAS||3-2||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||P|
|4/24/2013||at PHOENIX||1-2||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|4/27/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-3||L||0, +130||L||5 un||P|
|5/1/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-1||W||0, +120||W||5 un||U|
|5/3/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, +115||W||5 un||P|
|5/5/2013||VANCOUVER||5-2||W||0, -135||W||5 un||O|
LAST SEASON: 51-22-9, 111 points. Lost to Los Angeles 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Alain Vigneault, 7TH SEASON, 287-155-50; 11th overall 396-273-54.
ADDED: D Jason Garrison, D Derek Joslin, RW Guillaume Desbiens.
LOST: D Sami Salo, D Aaron Rome, D Marc-Andre Gragnani, RW Mark Mancari.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Cory Schneider. He replaced Roberto Luongo during last year's first-round exit and the 33-year-old goaltender seem to be on his way out. The 26-year-old Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.
OUTLOOK: The Canucks have perhaps more urgency than any other NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. Vancouver led the league in points the past two regular seasons. After being a win away from hoisting the Cup for the first time in 2011, the Canucks won only one postseason game last year against the Kings.
|SAN JOSE: |
LAST SEASON: 42-27-13, 97 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in Western Conference Finals.
COACH: Dave Tippett, 4th season with Coyotes, 125-78-33; 9th overall, 406-234-98 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Steve Sullivan, D Zbynek Michalek, RW David Moss.
LOST: LW Ray Whitney, LW Taylor Pyatt, D Adrian Aucoin, C Daymond Langkow, D Michal Rozsival.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Mike Smith. The shaggy-haired goalie known as Smitty proved to be a more-than-capable No. 1 goalie in his first full season on the job, winning 28 games with eight shutouts and a 2.21 goals-against average. With the confidence of last season's deep playoff run, he could be a Vezina Trophy candidate.
OUTLOOK: The Coyotes should be brimming with confidence after winning their first division title and reaching the conference finals for the first time in 33 years as an NHL franchise. With the core of last year's roster back, they should be position to get the lockout-shortened season off to a good start and be able to sustain it toward another possible deep run in the playoffs.
SAN JOSE SHARKS
LAST SEASON: 43-29-10, 96 points. Lost to St. Louis 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Todd McLellan, 5th season, 195-92-41.
ADDED: D Brad Stuart, F Adam Burish.
LOST: F Torrey Mitchell, F Daniel Winnik, F Dominic Moore, F Brad Winchester, F Andrew Murray, D Colin White, D Jim Vandermeer.
PLAYER TO WATCH: D Brent Burns. The big acquisition before last season, Burns struggled in his first season with the Sharks as he tried to figure out how to fit in. His points and assists were down from his final year in Minnesota and he was not nearly the aggressive, hard-hitting defenseman the Sharks had been expecting. The Sharks hope that an increased comfort level will lead to better results in year two for Burns.
OUTLOOK: The Sharks hope to be a faster, more aggressive team after the disappointing finish a year ago. They brought back most of the key players from that squad led by captain Joe Thornton but hope Hall of Famer Larry Robinson's impact on the struggling penalty kill unit as a new assistant will help return San Jose near the top of the conference.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (VANCOUVER-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates. With AP Photos.)
*Canucks-Sharks Preview* ========================
By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer
Vancouver At San Jose, Game Four, 10:00 p.m. EDT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan sees no need to remind his team of the precariousness of a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Sharks nearly squandered that advantage the last time they held it, needing the full seven games to eliminate Detroit in the second round two years ago.
With many of the same core players still around, McLellan is content to let past experience serve as the teaching tool heading into Game 4 of the series on Tuesday night at the Shark Tank.
"We just left it alone," McLellan said. "Our group is mature enough. They should know what's coming, what to expect and how to respond."
Given the comments coming out of the dressing room on Monday, it's clear McLellan is correct. Players echoed the mantra that the fourth win in a series is always the hardest and insisted nothing had been won yet despite a decisive 5-2 win in Game 3 that followed two narrow victories in Vancouver.
"I was here when we went through that and we let a team back into a series," center Logan Couture said. "Obviously it went seven games. We were fortunate to win it. We let them back in. That's something we don't want to do. We want to put them away in Game 4."
There's one big difference from that series two years ago when the Sharks eked out three straight one-goal wins to build their cushion over the Red Wings. Their edge over the Canucks so far has been more convincing, especially in the 5-2 thrashing on Sunday.
The power play clicked to tie a franchise record with three goals, the defense kept pressure off goaltender Antti Niemi and the Sharks showed discipline to stay out of the penalty box even when the game got testy.
The Canucks feel there is another factor: embellishment.
Defenseman Kevin Bieksa singled out Couture and Sharks captain Joe Thornton for exaggerating contact to draw penalties. Bieksa said Couture flails every time he is touched and blamed Thornton for taking off his glove and shaking his wrist to draw a slashing penalty on Dan Hamhuis that led to a 5-on-3 goal that opened the scoring Sunday.
"Those are two Canadian guys that are supposed to be playing the game with integrity," Bieksa said. "Maybe our team has to do more of that. Maybe we have to sell calls."
The Canucks have earned quite a reputation for embellishment themselves over the years with Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows considered two of the main violators.
In fact, Kesler crumbled to the ice grabbing his throat after taking a high stick from Patrick Marleau on the helmet strap Sunday. Kesler quickly recovered and stayed in the game for the ensuing power play.
The Sharks had eight power plays in Game 3, while Vancouver got only two chances with the man advantage.
"That's always something we talk about especially when they have a potent power play like they have," Marleau said. "At playoff time you have to try to stay disciplined and not let your emotions get the better of you sometimes after the whistle with pushing and shoving."
The talk of diving may have been a tactic to divert the conversation from Vancouver's brutal recent playoff past.
After beating the Sharks in the Western Conference finals and taking a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup finals over Boston two years ago, the Canucks have been downright abysmal in the postseason.
Vancouver has lost nine of its past 10 playoff games, having also fallen behind 3-0 in the opening round a year ago to Los Angeles before being eliminated in five games.
The Canucks have 15 goals in that span as a normally potent offense led by the Sedin twins has disappeared of late in the postseason.
"There's some good chances there 5-on-5," coach Alain Vigneault said. "So far we haven't been able to put the puck in the net. I have to believe that for one game we can do it."
The other big question for the Canucks comes in goal where former starter Roberto Luongo played well the first two games in place of the injured Cory Schneider before Vigneault made a switch from Game 3.
Schneider allowed five goals on 28 shots and was replaced after giving up three in the opening 4:07 of the third period.
Luongo stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief and has a .915 save percentage in this series.
Vigneault said he has made a decision about his starter for Tuesday, but won't announce it until after he tells the players.
The focus now is on figuring out how to beat the Sharks four straight times after losing the first six meetings between the teams this season.
"I believe we can win one game," Vigneault said. "We haven't beaten the Sharks once this year. I believe we can do it tomorrow."
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 8:35:33 PM EST|