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Friday, May 04, 2007

Mike's Keys to Game 5

I have one very simple key to Game 5 for the Sharks:

Play a full 60 minutes.

That's it.

Well, also shoot the puck, play the body along the boards, and get scoring outside of the Joe Thornton line. But it really comes down to playing intense for that full 60 minutes like Game 5 vs. Nashville. You play like that, then you'll get a chance to close things out on home ice. You don't play like that, hang your damn heads in shame because you could have won this thing but you let up and went into a defensive shell -- and that NEVER works.

My proposed lines for Game 5 (with Bill Guerin out):

Clowe/Thornton/Cheechoo
Michalek/Marleau/Grier
Brown/Pavelski/Rissmiller
Smith/Goc/Bernier

The idea about moving Milan Michalek to the Patrick Marleau line is to try and get some secondary scoring. As I mentioned before, I'm firmly in the belief that Marleau is nursing a variety of injuries, and hopefully the extra day off can restore some spring to his step. Marleau and Mike Grier have played well together, so this should create a little more depth. My alternate configuration is this:

Grier/Thornton/Cheechoo
Michalek/Marleau/Bernier
Brown/Pavelski/Rissmiller
Smith/Goc/Clowe

Not that Steve Bernier's done much to impress me during the playoffs, but that trio had such great chemistry last season and for the first part of this season that maybe it'll work again.

2 comments:

Ted said...

Defensive shell never works for this team (it could for others) because the Sharks are not that good at it.

I'm glad Guerin it out, he was a huge liability. And Marleau better be able to play a whole lot harder than he has been. I don't want to hear he's hurt. If it's that bad, go down to 3 primary lines, and sit him out.

Neochaos said...

I suggested on the Sharks community on Livejournal that what Ron Wilson should've done is taken a highlight film of the Golden State Warriors clinching game 6 from Thursday and played it for him team. The point to this would've been to show the Sharks what it takes to win in a postseason series, regardless of sport - heart and determination.

You have to wonder if any of the Sharks were watching that game to begin with. Baron Davis' comeback from a pulled hamstring and the way his teammates played hard despite his temporary abscence could've set an example for a Sharks squad that laid back and expected Nabby to save their butts for most of game 4.