San Jose Sharks Get 3-2 Win Over Detroit Red Wings In Game Seven

The San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings in game seven by a score of 3-2, on the back of a Patrick Marleau third period goal. They took the series 4-3 and will face the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Finals. For more on the series and the team in general, go to Fear The Fin.

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San Jose Sharks Beat Detroit Red Wings 3-2, Patrick Marleau Gets Game Winner

The San Jose Sharks remain attached at the hip with the Vancouver Canucks when it comes to the win-loss trend, as they rallied back after three straight losses to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game seven to win the series and advance to the Western Conference Finals. Patrick Marleau, after being criticized by Jeremy Roenick for being "gutless," got the game-winning goal in the third period. Devin Setoguchi drove the net and put the puck on it, Jimmy Howard made the initial save, but it went out his left side, where Marleau was waiting aggressively, and tapped it in, giving the Sharks the 3-1 lead that they wouldn't relinquish.

Setoguchi was the guy to get things started in the first period on the power play, when Joe Thornton (who had himself a very, very solid game) took the puck behind the net and passed across the front of it to Setoguchi, who buried it with a beautiful slapshot and simply beat Howard. Logan Couture also scored in the opening frame, unassisted as he took the puck away from Henrik Zetterberg right in front of the net and buried it. Dan Boyle had two secondary assists on the night.

In the first ten minutes of play, the game was very evenly matched, but it started tipping in the Sharks' favor in the second half of the period, out-shooting the Red Wings 17-11 in the frame and jumping to that 2-0 lead. San Jose was put on high alert in the second period though, a period in which the Red Wings outshot them 17-6 and had them on their heels for the majority of the frame. Zetterberg scored on a beautiful backhand that Antti Niemi had no chance to stop, to put the Red Wings on the board.

Period three was also pretty evenly matched, though the Sharks played on their heels for the majority of the final ten minutes. Pavel Datsyuk , assisted by Jonathan Ericsson, took the puck around multiple defenders before beating Niemi on a shot at the far post that came just short of deflecting out.

The biggest thing to note was just how well the Sharks defended with their backs against the wall. The Red Wings were trying harder than they have this series to scramble and get the puck in the net, keeping the offensive onslaught on for extended periods of time, but the Sharks got multiple clears and looked really good doing so. It is scary hockey to watch when you're a Sharks fan, but they couldn't have played that style any better tonight than they did.

Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary left the game with injuries, while Johan Franzen was also out. Ryane Clowe returned for San Jose after missing game six, and he played pretty well, you can attribute strong play to him at this point. Antti Niemi stopped 38-of-40 shots for a .950% while Jimmy Howard stopped 27-of-30 for a .900 save percentage. Both goalies were outstanding, as they have been all series.

Look for a recap of the whole series tomorrow and then a new stream for the series against the Vancouver Canucks. 


2011 NHL Playoffs Schedule: San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks, Game 1 Sunday On Versus

Well, it wasn't easy, but the San Jose Sharks are moving on to the Western Conference Finals after nearly blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Detroit Red Wings, winning Game 7 on the road. They'll face the Vancouver Canucks in a quick turnaround on Sunday night.

Sunday, May 15: Game 1, San Jose at Vancouver, 5:00 pm PT/8:00 p.m. ET, VERSUS

Wednesday, May 18: Game 2, San Jose at Vancouver, 6:00 pm PT/9:00 p.m. ET, VERSUS

Friday, May 20: Game 3, Vancouver at San Jose, 6:00 pm PT/9:00 p.m. ET, VERSUS

Sunday, May 22: Game 4, Vancouver at San Jose, noon PT/3:00 p.m. ET, NBC

Tuesday, May 24: Game 5, San Jose at Vancouver, 6:00 pm PT/9:00 p.m. ET, VERSUS *

Thursday, May 26: Game 6, Vancouver at San Jose, 6:00 pm PT/9:00 p.m. ET, VERSUS *

Saturday, May 28: Game 7, San Jose at Vancouver, 5:00 pm PT/ 8:00 p.m. VERSUS *

(*) if necessary

Hockey fans, make your predictions in the comments!


Sharks vs. Red Wings NHL Playoff Results: Detroit Forces Game Seven With 3-1 Game Six Win

The Detroit Red Wings will not go down without a fight ... that's what was said after game four. After game five, the Red Wings were simply making things interested. Now, following a dominating 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks in game six to force a game seven, they should be heavily favored to take said game seven. From the get-go, Detroit dominated play, taking control in the first ten minutes with an offensive onslaught that was only kept in check by Antti Niemi. The Sharks got very few licks in during that first period, and although they improved in period two, they were dominated for the better part of forty minutes.

Then, Logan Couture somehow got the puck past Jimmy Howard in the third, and after a review, the Sharks were up 1-0. Their play improved after that, too, they started to get their legs back and began attacking the puck and trying to create more opportunities, but they were deflated ten minutes into the period, when Niklas Kronwall put the puck toward the net and Henrik Zetterberg tapped it in. Actually, that's not entirely accurate, they still played well following that, but Pavel Datsyuk once again displaying puck wizardry came through again, and he found Valtteri Flippula for the game-winning goal.

They'd later add one from Darren Helm via the empty net, but for all intents and purposes, we have another one-goal win in this series. But, like most of the games this series, that doesn't really tell the whole story. That story being: one team dominating the other through-and-through, but the other team coming up big with blocked shots and strong goalie play. Whether it be the Sharks dominating play and getting a one-goal win, or vice-versa, that's how it's been the whole series.

Antti Niemi was once again, very solid, and it's a shame that he has to keep taking these losses. Niemi stopped 42-of-44 shots for a .955 save percentage, and made several diving, scrambling saves. Jimmy Howard was very solid on his own, not wilting under the big pressure of the game, stopping 24-of-25 for a .960 save percentage. Jason Demers made some key blocks for San Jose, it seems like one player always deserves mention for that when it comes to the Sharks these playoffs.

So the series goes to seven games, with the momentum all on the side of the Red Wings, and the Sharks on their heels, fighting off cries of "choke" and "gutless". Game seven will be on Thursday. Stay tuned for more, folks, it's a bumpy ride already, it's about to get worse.


Sharks vs. Red Wings NHL Playoff Results: Detroit Makes It 3-2 Series With Strong 3rd Period

Devin Setoguchi and Ryane Clowe both buried beautiful goals to kick off game five between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings. They jumped San Jose out to a 2-0 lead and contributed to play that was largely dominated by the Sharks for about 55 minutes of ice time. When Nicklas Kronwall (aided by the puck wizardry of Pavel Datsyuk) buried a shot in after the second goal to make it 2-1, the Sharks didn't bat an eye. They kept playing strong, and made it a 3-1 lead when Logan Couture took a solid feed from Dany Heatley and faked out Jimmy Howard. And on the next shift following the goal, when Jonathan Ericsson snuck into the crease and buried a deflection, the Sharks responded, at least momentarily.

Then for some, inexplicable reason, they just stopped playing good hockey. Despite the fact that Antti Niemi was solid the whole night and the fact that they'd dominated the shots and faceoffs, San Jose played it like they were trying to protect the tie instead of going for the win. All credit goes to Detroit for not rolling over and elevating their play when it mattered most, but the Sharks definitely rolled over at the end of that game. After Danny Cleary tied the game, the Sharks got slow, and complacent.

And Pavel Datsyuk took advantage like he'd never taken advantage before. He victimized Patrick Marleau (who was invisible the entire game, no, the entire series) with a spin move and took the puck around to Nicklas Lidstrom, who shot it, and Tomas Holmstrom was able to bury it off the deflection, giving them the 4-3 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. San Jose got a power play, but it didn't matter. The Red Wings took game five because they didn't give up, it will be interesting to hear what the order was from the coach in those last minutes.

It was yet another game with plenty of goals scored that was still predicated on extremely strong play from both goalies. It never felt as though Niemi was beaten on his own, it was always a bad shift from the Sharks, while Howard made some more impressive saves of his own and came through in the clutch with some good scrambles on the San Jose power play. There's not much you can bet on going forward in this crazy series, other than the fact that game six will likely feature strong goalie play, Pavel Datsyuk making somebody look silly with one hand, Ryane Clowe getting a beautiful assist, and a one-goal victory for whoever walks out of the Joe Louis Arena with their arms raised above their head.

These are the notes I took during the game, may as well post them for some play-by-play analysis, un-edited.

San Jose getting opportunities early, with strong play from Torrey Mitchell. Both Jimmy Howard and Antti Niemi make strong saves in the first five minutes. Brad Stuart gets called for boarding on Logan Couture and the Sharks get a power play at 5:46. San Jose is active early with their power play, Joe Pavelski getting a shot off early, but the Red Wings respond well and kill the penalty. Douglas Murray hits Justin Abdelkader big time in the first period ... twice. Nicklas Lidstrom goes to the box at 12:26 for tripping Devin Setoguchi. Sharks get a couple few shots on goal in the first minute of the power play, and get a couple more in the second minute, but Detroit kills it. The Red Wings respond by getting the puck in San Jose's zone, and a shot off on Niemi led to a tasty rebound for Jonathan Ericsson, who shoots, and is left shaking his head when Niemi dives from post to post to make the glove save. Joe Thornton wins the faceoff and Dan Boyle takes the puck at the point, firing on net, where Setoguchi cut across the middle to bury it on the deflection to put the Sharks up 1-0. Joe Thornton goes to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct on Johan Franzen. Franzen responds with a slash to the shins, and Thornton takes a dive, setting up a 4-on-4. Nothing comes out of it.

Other Notes

- Announcers blamed Couture for getting slammed into the boards by Stuart. This coincides with them calling his game four goal "unearned."- Sharks out-shoot Detroit 16-7, have two power plays (0-2), win faceoffs 11-7, and are out-hit 9-7.- San Jose gave up the puck nine times to Detroit's two. Not good.- Pavel Datsyuk is definitely hurt, or otherwise has something wrong with him. He saw 6:10 of ice time, had zero shots and won zero faceoffs.- Thornton totally dived, better than most.- Through one period, the announcers are much better than they were in game four, aside from the aforementioned bit about Couture.


Good passing from Detroit early on, but the Sharks keep a lot of pressure on. Pavel Datsyuk is called for holding, the first time he's mentioned all game, and the Sharks get another power play. Early on, Boyle gets a scoring chance and Jimmy Howard makes a great save. The Sharks swarm the net and Howard makes nother great save, and eventually gets the stoppage. After the first 1:20 of the power play, the Red Wings finally get a clear, and then the Sharks are called for offsides. Detroit gets two more clears, and the penalty kill is successful. Dany Heatley and Jason Demers team up for a great scoring opportunity, but it's another strong save by Howard. Pavelski gets a breakaway off the faceoff, but shoots it wide. Detroit gets some kind of offense going a couple shifts later, but Niemi shuts them down with people screening him and lots of traffic in front of the net. Joe Thornton goes to the box for hooking and Detroit gets a power play. Brian Rafalski has a shot, but Douglas Murray gets in the lane and has a good block, clearing it away. On the next entrance, the Sharks clear the puck away again ... and then again. It's cleared, and the power play comes to an end. We hear Ryane Clowe's name for the first time, with a 1-on-1 against Howard, but he shoots it a little high and Howard gets the incidental deflection behind the net. Ryane Clowe strikes again though, with a 2-on-1, Clowe comes up on the left side and fires a beautiful pass to Joe Pavelski, who buries it over Howard's shoulder to put the Sharks up 2-0. On the next shift, Datsyuk finally hears his name called in a positive light, when he takes it through the defensive zone and feeds Niklas Kronwall, who jumped into the play and buried it past Niemi. Kronwall continues with the play-making by absolutely demolishing Clowe in the neutral zone as we come to one minute remaining. The period comes to an end.

Other Notes

- Sharks blocked two shots and cleared the puck seven times on Detroit's first power play of the night- Jimmy Howard was, once again, fantastic.- Niemi, to his credit, is very sharp when the action comes his way, with traffic in front of him- Kronwall was the game-changer in the second period- Puzzled by the fact that people don't understand that slashing is slashing anywhere on the body, whether contact is made or not.


The Red Wings start out the period with a scoring opportunity, but it goes wide and the Sharks go back on the attack, with Dany Heatley feeding it to Logan Couture, who fakes and buries it past Howard five hole to put the Sharks up 3-1. Directly after the goal, Heatley goes to the penalty box for hi sticking. The Red Wings get it in San Jose's zone, but Joe Thornton steals it and clears it. As they turn to enter again, Thornton steals it a second time. Unfortunately, the Sharks lose sight of Jonathan Ericsson, who catches a deflection and beats Niemi, it was an odd deflection. On the next shift, Niemi is mixed up with too many San Jose players in his face, and Dan Cleary buries it past Niemi. The momentum has shifted in Detroit's favor, or perhaps not, as the next few shifts are very balanced, with pseudo-opportunities from both sides. Then for some reason, the Sharks go into complacency mode. There's no urgency, there's no aggressiveness, and it leads to Detroit taking the lead. Detroit takes time in San Jose's zone ... a lot of time, and Datsyuk gets the puck near Patrick Marlaeu, then absolutely makes him look silly by spinning and getting passed him, he gets it to Lidstrom, who shoots and Tomas Holmstrom gets the goal off of a deflection, to put the Red Wings up 4-3. Then, Justin Abdelkader goes to the bo for elbowing and the Sharks have a power play. Pavelski makes a mistake and the puck goes by him and it's cleared. The Sharks give up a turnover, then get the puck back ,and pass it right to Detroit. Sloppy puck-handling on the power play. It's killed, and they can't get anything done for the remainder. Detroit wins it 4-3.


Sharks vs. Red Wings NHL Playoff Results: Antti Niemi Stellar, Detroit Still Takes Series To Five Games

The Detroit Red Wings played a very good game against the San Jose Sharks, and came out of it with a 4-3 win. Darren Helm notched the winning goal during a third period offensive onslaught that saw Antti Niemi make save after save, but lacking play from the Sharks defensively led to Niemi eventually being overwhelmed. Helm put the puck in net with just 1:27 to go in the game, with assists from Brian Rafalski and Patrick Eaves.

It was a rocky start in which the Red Wings jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first period. Todd Bertuzzi made a nice, spinning shot that deflected off of Douglas Murray and went in. In actuality, the referees should have called offsides on the play, which the Versus team touched up on during the first intermission. One could argue that it lead to the Sharks losing the game, since it was just a one-goal affair, but the prevailing feeling was that the Sharks were playing badly enough defensively at that point to give up the goal either way.

Nicklas Lidstrom added a pair of goals in the opening frame, when Dan Boyle crashed into Niemi and Lidstrom simply caught the rebound, putting it in no problem. Goal number two was a little more impressive, hitting the puck out of the air after stopping it with a limb or two after getting the feet in the middle of the ice, he buries it past Niemi on the power play.

Logan Couture added a goal in the first period that the commentators (it was the Detroit team) called an "unearned goal." Despite that abortion of commentary, it was actually a nice goal that Ryane Clowe got the assist on. The second period started at 3-1 for the Red Wings, but the Sharks continued to chip away at it, when they won a faceoff in Detroit's zone and Kyle Wellwood did some puck wizardry to feed Dan Boyle, who put it buried it. At the beginning of the third, Dany Heatley flat-out beat Jimmy Howard all alone in front of the net to tie it up. This was followed by the Helm goal, and the rest is history.

The game probably should have been a lot more slanted for Detroit, when it comes to the final score. They dominated control of the puck, and held a significant advantage in shots with 40 to San Jose's 28. Detroit played like a team desperate for the win, while the Sharks played a little bit complacently, for the most part. Antti Niemi was the exception to that rule, making some of the best saves of his career and these Stanley Cup Playoffs on his way to 36-of-40 saves for a .900 save percentage. Jimmy Howard stopped 25-of-28 for an .893 save percentage.

Officiating wasn't terrible in this game by any means, but there were a couple missed calls, including the offsides penalty that allowed the first goal, and at least two of Detroit's four power plays probably should have led to a 4-on-4, (Joe Thornton's holding penalty on Henrik Zetterberg in the second period came right after Zetterberg should have been called for a hook) but the Sharks can't put the blame on the referees tonight. It was a game that Detroit just appeared to want more, and they came out doing everything they possibly can to get the win.

If Niemi plays like he did tonight going forward, the Sharks have a solid chance to win the series. His play was stellar, and that's something they can hang their hat on, the biggest positive coming out of this game. It says a lot when the Red Wings dominate play from beginning to end and it's only a one-goal win.

Play resumes on Sunday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose for game five, and will be shown on Versus.


Sharks vs. Red Wings NHL Playoff Results: Devin Setoguchi's Hat Trick Lifts Sharks To 4-3 OT Win

It was the same result exactly a year later for the San Jose Sharks. With the scored tied at 3-3 going into overtime and a 2-0 series lead, the Sharks went out there and won the game, though it was Devin Setoguchi this time with the game-winner in overtime. Joe Thornton took the puck to the boards and fired it to Setoguchi right in the middle, who fired off a good one to beat Jimmy Howard, giving the Sharks a 4-3 overtime win and a 3-0 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings.

The overtime period was mostly dominated by the Red Wings, and it forced Antti Niemi to rise to the occasion. Rise he did, stopping several scoring opportunities, and when he finally looked like he was about to succumb to the puck onslaught, Dany Heatley threw his body in the way of the empty net, making one of two or three saves at the net he'd made in the last twenty minutes. The Sharks got their licks in, but it was mostly Red Wings in that period.

It came down to the power play, once again, with the Sharks scoring two of their four goals on the power play, and the Red Wings scoring two of their three with the man advantage. Setoguchi got the scoring started in the first period, when Darren Helm was called for a hi sticking penalty. Thornton knocked the puck to the middle once again, and Setoguchi buried it on the rebound. Detroit got a power play near the end of the period, and with less than thirty seconds remaining, Henrik Zetterberg passed the puck to Nicklas Lidstrom, who beat Niemi no problem, bringing it to 1-1 to end the first.

When the second period came along, we were treated to intensely fast-paced hockey. Both teams exchanged scoring opportunities and both goalies played far and above the level they'd played for most of the postseason. Helm fed Patrick Eaves, who beat Niemi to put the Red Wings up 2-1, but Setoguchi struck again shortly after. Detroit was called for another penalty, and Setoguchi beat Howard on an off-speed shot that completely fooled Howard, who jumped the wrong direction. Pavel Datsyuk struck, as he always will, late in the period to put the Red Wings up again.

Period three was again, mostly evenly matched until the very end, when Dan Boyle beat Howard after circling around the back of the net and catching a rebound. Regulation ended with an offensive bombardment from the Red Wings, taking shot after shot at Niemi and co, and just before overtime, Datsyuk came very close to scoring with no time left on the clock. After that, it's all gravy.

The Sharks improved to 5-0 in overtime in the 2011 playoffs. Setoguchi had himself a hat trick, while Joe Thornton notched an assist on all three goals. Niemi stopped 38-of-41 for a .927 save percentage, while Howard stopped 34-of-38, good for .895. Play resumes on Friday, May 6th in Detroit, and the puck is set to drop at 4:00 p.m.


Sharks vs. Red Wings NHL Playoffs: Niclas Wallin, Ian White Score In 2-1 San Jose Win

The power play came through for the San Jose Sharks again, when Ian White ripped one past Jimmy Howard in the first period with the man advantage to give them a lead they'd hold through sixty minutes. After Justin Abdelkader was called on a high sticking penalty, Dany Heatley got a hold of the puck and danced around a couple of defenders, before dishing it back to White at the point, who rips one right past Howard for goal number one in the 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in game two of the 2011 NHL Playoff Semifinals.

Early in the third period, Niclas Wallin took the puck up the right side of the ice after a dish from Ryane Clowe and fired a high shot on Howard, which deflected off his shoulder into the air and landed behind him, putting the Sharks up 2-0, it would end up being the game-winning goal, because the Wings would score late in the third. Wouldn't you know it, the goal came on a Detroit power play when Devin Setoguchi was given two minutes for slashing at 13:22. Pavel Datsyuk, who was mostly invisible over the course of the game, illustrated his puck wizardry at the sideboards before feeding Henrik Zetterberg with a beautiful pass across the ice to the weak-side circle. It was almost unfair, as Zetterberg pushes it past Antti Niemi without much issue.

A full two periods of time (that's forty minutes, folks) was spend in the penalty box, accumulated from both teams. Detroit went 1-for-6 on their power play opportunities, while the Sharks converted one of their four. It was a game that, once again, hinged on the man advantage, as was the key coming into this series.

The Sharks mostly dominated play throughout the game, and the score doesn't correctly illustrate that. Howard just had a great game, with an assist or two from the interminably consistent post . San Jose held the puck in the Detroit zone for the majority of the game, and though they didn't out-shoot them in the first period, they dominated there as well. At the end of the day, the Sharks had superior numbers in chances (37-34), faceoffs (38-33), and takeaways (15-5).

If not for Howard, who made 35-of-37 saves with a .946 save percentage, and his absolutely stellar play, the game would have been blown wide open by the Sharks. It works both ways though, as Detroit found plenty of opportunities to turn the offensive pressure on, but Antti Niemi was stellar with 33-of-34 saves and a .971 save percentage. The Sharks also played it a little fast and loose with their attack on Howard, giving him an ice shower four or five times in game two alone. Howard, visibly upset by this, looked more than a little flustered as the game wore on. Ryane Clowe had two assists for the Sharks. Logan Couture also notched an assist.

Going forward, it will once again hinge on the power play, and the Sharks' ability to keep calm and consistent without giving up loose pucks. They dominated in takeaways and only had five giveaways to their credit. Their gameplan was to get Howard off his game and play a consistent sixty minutes of hockey, and that's what they were able to do. One has to feel like they'll be looking to implement the very same gameplan in game three - though one could also imagine they'd like to limit the damage they've been taking, as they were out-hit 31-to-19. If that keeps up, it will definitely be better for the Sharks to end this sooner rather than later.

Game three will take place on Wednesday, May 4th at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, and will be on CSN California at 5:00 p.m. pacific. The Sharks will be looking to make it three games to none after winning both games at home to start the series.


Sharks vs. Red Wings NHL Playoffs Results: Benn Ferriero Gets Overtime Winner

The preview posted here at SB Nation Bay Area said that it could come down to the man advantage, with the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings sporting conflicting power play stats, and it worked out almost exactly that way. The Sharks went 1-6 on their power plays, but the last of those six definitely attributed to the game-winning goal in overtime.

Oh yes, the game-winning goal, we should probably get to that. When the game went to overtime, the Sharks had some great opportunities, with Devin Setoguchi handling the puck well and multiple Sharks setting up multiple Ryane Clowe scoring opportunities, but the puck eventually left the zone and Detroit started to mount an offensive ... but then Justin Abdelkader was called on a high sticking penalty that drew blood on Niclas Wallin, so San Jose had a four-minute power play.

It wasn't an encouraging start to the power play, by any means. Everybody on the Sharks' unit looked slow and complacent, which isn't a terrible strategy in hindsight. The Red Wings fought for every loose puck and eventually cleared it away multiple times, bringing the man advantage down to thirty seconds. At that point, the Sharks turned it up a little and got some shots on goal. More importantly, they kept it on when the penalty was successfully killed by Detroit, and by doing so, didn't allow them to make an important change. The Sharks took advantage of this and got even more aggressive ... eventually, Benn Ferriero, in his first playoff game this year, put the puck on net and with perhaps the help of a deflection, gets the goal past Jimmy Howard to lift the Sharks to a 2-1 overtime win.

So when it all comes down to it, the man advantage was definitely key in this game, the Sharks were able to tie it with a power play goal in the third period after Todd Bertuzzi was called for boarding. Joe Thornton fired a shot from the point and Joe Pavelski got the perfect tip to beat Howard halfway through the period. The first girl of the game came when Pavel Datsyuk demonstrated his puck wizardry against the boards to keep it away from Sharks players, before dishing it to Nicklas Lidstrom at the middle of the ice, who simply beat Antti Niemi without much issue.

Niemi finished the game with 24-of-25 saves, good for a .960 save percentage. Howard was very solid for Detroit, stoping an offensive onslaught in the second round in which the Sharks out-shot the Red Wings by a wide margin. He finished with 44-of-46 saves and a .957 save percentage. Dan Boyle had two assists for the Sharks.

Game two is on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. pacific at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, and will be carried on the Versus network.


2011 NHL Playoff Schedule: Sharks, Red Wings Get Started On Friday

The San Jose Sharks know they're taking on the Detroit Red Wings in round two of the 2011 NHL Playoffs, the semifinals, and now they know when they'll be playing. As the second seed to Detroit's third, the Sharks will get home-ice again at the HP Pavilion. It's basically a wildcard as to whether or not that will mean anything, seeing as how they won three of their four games against the Los Angeles Kings in round one on the road at the Staples Center. Play will begin on Friday, which means the Red Wings have eight days of rest, while the Sharks have three days of rest on their own. Again, this is debatable as to what it means for a team, Detroit could certainly come out cold, which of course is the counter-point to the fact that the Sharks could come out drained. It's a wildcard like it always is when these two teams play.

#2 San Jose Sharks Semifinal Series Versus #3 Detroit Red Wings

Friday, April 29th at San Jose, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1st at San Jose, 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4th at Detroit, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6th at Detroit, 4:00 p.m.
*Sunday, May 8th at San Jose, 5:00 p.m.
*Tuesday, May 10th at Detroit, TBA
*Tuesday, May 12th at San Jose, TBA

The asterisks, of course, denote games that may or may not actually need to happen in a best-of-seven series. Detroit swept their first round opponents, the Phoenix Coyotes, in four games, while it took San Jose six games to put away the rival Kings. The entire semifinal schedule is below:

Western Conference

#1 Vancouver Canucks vs. #5 Nashville Predators

Thursday, April 28th at Vancouver, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30th at Vancouver, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3rd at Nashville, TBA
Thursday, May 5th at Nashville, TBA
*Saturday, May 7th at Vancouver, 5:00 p.m.
*Monday, May 9th at Nashville, TBA
*Wednesday, May 11th at Vancouver, TBA

#2 San Jose Sharks vs. #3 Detroit Red Wings

Friday, April 29th at San Jose, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1st at San Jose, 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4th at Detroit, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6th at Detroit, 4:00 p.m.
*Sunday, May 8th at San Jose, 5:00 p.m.
*Tuesday, May 10th at Detroit, TBA
*Tuesday, May 12th at San Jose, TBA

Eastern Conference

#1 Washington Capitals vs. #5 Tampa Bay Lightning

Friday, April 29th at Washington, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1st at Washington, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3rd at Tampa Bay, TBA
Wednesday, May 4th at Tampa Bay, 4:00 p.m.
*Saturday May 7th at Washington, 9:30 a.m.
*Monday, May 9th at Tampa Bay, TBA
*Wednesday, May 11th at Washington, TBA

#2 Philadelphia Flyers vs. #3 Boston Bruins

Saturday, April 30th at Philadelphia, 12:00 p.m.
Monday, May 2nd at Philadelphia, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4th at Boston, 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6th at Boston, 5:00 p.m.
*Sunday, May 8th at Philadelphia, 12:00 p.m.
*Tuesday, May 10th at Boston, TBA
*Thursday, May 12th at Philadelphia, TBA

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