Sharks and Bruins look to cue fat lady

Dust off the stage and prepare the orchestra…the fat lady is on standby once again. This time, it’s the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers that find themselves in the front row of the opera house preparing for the performance that would signal their playoff demise.

With Wednesday night’s 4-1 win over Philly, the Boston Bruins are now but a win away from their first conference finals appearance since 1992…taking a commanding 3 games to none lead in their series with the Flyers. The Bruins won despite losing centerman Dave Krejci and defenseman Adam McQuaid.

Krejci left the ice after a crushing open-ice check delivered by Flyers captain Mike Richards with just under six minutes elapsed in the game. The play led to Miro Satan’s goal that broke a 1-1 tie…his fifth tally of the playoffs.

Regardless, that’s a tough way to earn a secondary assists.

Entering this spring’s hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup, Boston had the lowest offensive production in the regular season…scoring but 2.39 goals per game on the average in 82 games. In the 83rd through 91st games, however, they have a 3.11 netted G/G…seventh best of the sixteen playoff qualifiers.

Game four will be in Philly Friday night.

But by that time, we may already know who the first participant of the Western Conference Finals is. Yes, Detroit could be the scene for the fat lady’s first performance of the second round…hmmm, I wonder how well she does performing Motown hits?

The Sharks have forced the Big Red Borg to win four straight as they have built a 3 –0 lead in that series with three 4-3 wins.

Of course, I’m pretty sure the big gal would prefer it if the Wings at least took one game in the series, winning game four and forcing a return to San Jose. I mean…having to perform in Detroit or having to go to the San Francisco Bay area of northern California?…Detroit or San Jose?…Detroit or San Jose?

Yeah…you get the picture.

The Wings have only themselves to blame after blowing leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in game three and losing in overtime on a perfectly executed break away by Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton.

The San Jose Sharks find themselves up 3 games to none thanks in part to Patrick Marleau's overtime winner Tuesday night (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The San Jose Sharks find themselves up 3 games to none thanks in part to Patrick Marleau's overtime winner Tuesday night (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Evgeni Nabokov is now 7-2 in the playoffs, despite giving up three goals in each of the three games against Detroit on 89 shots, (.899 SV%). And Joe Pavelski continues to help power the Shark attack…scoring 4 goals and 3 assists against the Red Wings in three games.

Also tonight, Montreal will look to even their series with Pittsburgh as those two square off in game four. Habs netminder Jaroslav Halak has allowed only one goal in 5 of the last games played, and has a playoff-best .933 SV% going into tonight’s action. But still the Canadiens find themselves down 2 games to 1 to the defending Stanley Cup Champs.

Last night, Chicago took a 2-1 lead over the Canucks with a 5-2 win in Vancouver thanks to Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien’s hat trick. They were his first three goals of the playoffs this spring.

“He was in the middle of everything”, Marian Hossa said of his teammate. “He’s dominating in the corners, in the physical department and I think he was frustrating their team”.

Hossa scored his second of the playoffs in the third period to give the Hawks a 4-2 cushion.

Lastly…the Chicago Wolves and Texas Stars are knotted up two games apiece after they split games three and four in the Lone Star state.

Tuesday evening Chicago won 5-3 behind Spencer Machacek’s 2 goals, one assist showing. Nathan Oystrick added a pair of power play goals for the Wolves while Brett Sterling scored his first goal of the playoffs. Peter Mannino stopped 27 of the 30 shots taken by the Stars for the win.

Last night, Texas evened the series with a 3-2 win. Sterling scored twice in this match and Mannino stopped 20 of 23 shots faced.

Game five will be played Friday night in Austin.

104 comments Add your comment

Brendan

May 6th, 2010
12:26 pm

I gotta think Detroit avoids the sweep. Same with Philly. I have the Bruins and Red Wings advancing, in my earlier picks. Looks like I’m .500 there.

Brendan

May 6th, 2010
12:32 pm

Rawhide, Brett Sterling is an RFA or UFA at season’s end?

Alan R.

May 6th, 2010
12:33 pm

The Wings have only themselves to blame after blowing leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in game three and losing in overtime on a perfectly executed break away by Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton.

Please, don’t forget to give our old friend Jason Williams credit on the assist. He’s benched tonight, by the way.

Red Light

May 6th, 2010
12:46 pm

I believe Sterling is a Group VI UFA because he’s 26, has played in 3 or more professional seasons and has played fewer than 80 NHL games. He signed a multi-year deal 7/17/08 and I can’t imagine it was for longer than two seasons.

Bluenote

May 6th, 2010
12:46 pm

If Detroit can stay out of the penalty box pride may keep the brooms away for a game, but the outcome does not appear to be in doubt. Cue fat woman.

Competition for the Wolves just got stiffer as the Hershey Bears just added a couple NHL defenders the Caps won’t be needing this spring. I look for them to advance to the AHL finals. Again.

Nice chef analogy on the last blog Glovesave. I actually saw sporadic evidence JA had enough kitchen stock to serve up a playoff entree. Unfortunately the missing ingredient was heart…

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 6th, 2010
1:03 pm

The Redwings have themselves to blame for plenty….but reserve a portion of the blame for the referees. Let’s be honest. But, yeah, mostly themselves. Game 3 they just looked whipped. I could hear their joints creaking throught he TV. Do they still make Geritol?

The Phillys? Blah…. They got into the playoffs by just the slimmest of margins. Good for them. They managed to get into the second round. Great for them. But even Horatio Alger stories have to end at some point. Boston is just too good right now.

BTW–the last blog ended at the worst time. I, too, was wondering….why the hate on Hossa?

Red Light

May 6th, 2010
1:11 pm

Nice mention of Satan Rawhide! He has 3 game winning goals, goals in 4 straight games, and points in 6 straight games for the Bruins after having just one goal and 4 assists in 17 games for the Penguins in last year’s playoffs and he didn’t even dress in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

He didn’t play his first game this year until Jan. 5 and Chiarelli gets high marks for this signing because no one would have thought he could make this kind of impact despite being a member of the underrated Slovakian Olympic team. A deeper look at his career shows he performs rather well late in the season and his Cap hit the Bruins take in this goal-starved year when they needed scoring? $363,000.

Not sure what they’re going to do without Kreci!

rob

May 6th, 2010
1:29 pm

Chipper/Savannah,
Just personal opinion on my part. He bounces from place to place to place with no loyalty to anything but the money and winning the Cup with whatever team is the flavor to win it that year. The irony of being in Pitt when the Wings beat them, then flip flopping to have the roles reversed yet again was kharma. He doesn’t stand for anything. He didn’t help build anything. The teams he jumps on are already built. IMHO he deserves nothing for this. No respect, no fans, zip, zero, nada, nothing, nilch. Those that will live on after their times stood for something, stayed with a team, and his running all over is contrary to that notion, especially to me as a fan that is loyal to my team. We the fans take the good with the bad, and I think at least to some extent the players should too.

Dwayne

May 6th, 2010
1:51 pm

phooey on hossa, heatley and kovalchoke. If the Flyers can’t come back, I am pulling for Boston. No cindy, no maryanne, no heatly, no canadian team.

rob

May 6th, 2010
1:59 pm

phooey? I don’t think Boston has what it takes to get past a good team with a good goalie this year, though if Rask keeps playing well he will give them a fighting chance, I just don’t think they have the depth to get it done, and that goes for the Habs too, though their efforts are to be admired.

DWTOO

May 6th, 2010
2:12 pm

rob has pointed out the general hate for Hossa amongst the bloggers. My own “hate” is a bit more personal – the last season he was here he just dogged it. A real lack of effort. Lacksadaisical.

Had no problem with him moving on – cannot balme anyone for wanting out of this mess. However, as a professional athelete he should play hard every night – not just when auditioning for Detroit. That’s why Mary Ann remains on the permanent list.

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 6th, 2010
2:22 pm

If Hossa gets to the finals only to lose again, ordinarily no one would be laughing harder than me because, frankly, I’m funny that way. But since Chicago is the team I’ve picked to win the Cup, I’ll just have to find something else to laugh at.

But perhaps I need to have my memory checked because I don’t remember Hossa slacking at the end of his time with Atlanta. I really don’t. However, I will always remember Kovulchuk’s month-long vacation prior to Vancouver and then the trade. Always.

glovesave29

May 6th, 2010
3:00 pm

DWTOO stole my thunder…Hossa mailed it in his last season here. I wanted the guy who played with piss and vinegar like the first time Heatley and the Sens came into town after the trade. Remember that game? – he was a beast, and Philips was packed and all were screaming “Hossa’s better!” If you want to leave, that’s fine, but give everything you have to your current employer.

DWTOO

May 6th, 2010
3:27 pm

GS29 – We were at that game too. The energy, electricity, etc. at that game was amazing. Up until that last season Hossa was our best player. Shame that his play that last year just sucked. At first I thought he may have been hurt, up until the Detroit game where he scores a hat trick and then goes back to his half-donkeyed self.

kracker

May 6th, 2010
3:56 pm

I thought the same thing, DWTOO. Hossa pulled his groin a bit very early in the season. It was his first groin pull he said. I thought for a while he was just taking it easy and nursing the groin. That was partly true, he was taking it easy.

Lee

May 6th, 2010
4:06 pm

It’s a funny thought that Ilya Kovalchuk didn’t want to be here, lied, didn’t play hard, etc. and he got his wish: to got to a GOOD team. He went to the Devils, and they got out in the first round. Good team?

Ilya Notworthabuck
Ilya Kovalsuck
Ilya Myjerseyistucked
Ilya Ihavetheworstluck.

WE LOVE U KOVY!!!!!!!!!! ahem

World Be Free

May 6th, 2010
4:08 pm

Rawhide-what is this obsession with fat women?

Revisionist Historian

May 6th, 2010
4:14 pm

This just in “Germany accepts the surrender of Alled Forces Commander General Eisenhower”

“There were 12,536 fans at Philips Arena on Jan. 2, 2006 for Heatley’s return”

(aka Smart A** Red Light)

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 6th, 2010
4:18 pm

I guess with Hossa I just have selective memory. I honestly have no memory of him dogging it. But then again, my memory and I have never seen eye to eye. F’rinstance, I never ever remember the names of hurricanes two days after they make landfall. Ever. And I love sushi rolls; but after spending 45 minutes studying the menu and carefully ticking off the boxes, when the food comes it could be cat food and tater tots for all I know. I never remember what I chose.

DWTOO

May 6th, 2010
4:21 pm

Maybe so Smart A** Red Light – But, it was loud! And GS29 is right about the chants. Carried on into the postgame. Still carrying the buzz from New Years.

And, was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Red Light

May 6th, 2010
4:48 pm

It was loud that night for sure and I remember the chants very well. I just happen to think that Hossa was easily the best player ever to wear the Thrashers sweater, followed closely by Heatley and then Kovalchuk. You’ll not change my mind on that and I don’t apologize for it. If they were still here, we’d be getting ready for a second round home playoff game tonight, and that is the shame of it. Instead, I’ve got to go home and watch two teams on TV that I could give a cussword about.

World Be Free

May 6th, 2010
5:00 pm

Red Light-totally agree, I hate Mary Anne today – but Hossa is a great 2 way forward. My favorite player when he was a Thrasher.

glovesave29

May 6th, 2010
5:55 pm

4 years ago, and I am supposed to remember the attendance from that night? Ha! Trust me, the place was rocking

EA

May 6th, 2010
7:06 pm

Perhaps this has been asked and or commented on before, but is anyone else having a hard time reading the Blueland Blog? The text is hidden in a very blue screen. Is it just me, or is anyone else experiencing this same problem?

World Be Free

May 6th, 2010
7:41 pm

EA-dont go there much

rob

May 6th, 2010
7:56 pm

There’s another Thrashers blog? Really?

DWTOO

May 6th, 2010
8:09 pm

RL – Think you’re dead on about Hossa being the best ever forward to put on a Thrasher sweater. Just don’t like the fact that he mailed it in when it counted. Just wanted to make sure he was traded.

Scotty

May 6th, 2010
8:23 pm

EA, I just went over to the blueland blog and looked and it seemed OK to me. But I agree with rob, there is really one Thrashers blog, well two counting Vivlamore’s. Ben does a good job reporting though. The message boards used to be OK but has dropped off of late.

This is where the best Thrashers talk is and that’s a complement to the likes of Brendan, Red Light, Smoothie, World Be Free, Joe Friday, glovesave29 and all the others who frequent this blog too.

As for Hossa, he dogged it in 2007 and clearly wanted to go. That’s another exampe of Waddell not reading the situation and would have done better to have traded him before the season began.

Water under the bridge I guess.

HookyBob

May 6th, 2010
9:29 pm

Game over. Give the Habs credit. If you googled on”grit” the Habs might be the first hit,…of 10 million. How about that rookie D-man,…Sabban. Man, I wish he was a Thrashers asset. What do you think we would need to trade to get him?

2-2 headed to Pittsburgh. Series goes at least 6.

Also, is Doc Emrick the best announcer ever (I mean ever,…and alll sports)?

Gotta go, west series on.

kracker

May 6th, 2010
9:37 pm

yea…sort of hate to root for the Habs but I have to…grit is grit.

Personally, HookyBob, I think Emrick does a fine job …sort of like a radio guy on TV, he’s always describing the play and the player’s name, etc. and he generally keeps up with the action.

Brendan

May 6th, 2010
9:52 pm

I’ll admit it, freely. I’m rooting for the Penguins. I hope they hang eight (8) on the Habs in Game Five. Then another eight in Game Six. I cannot even believe how competitive these past three games have been between Montreal and Pittsburgh. I expect a snoozefest of a series. It’s been anything but that.

It’s not that I hate Montreal. I don’t. It’s that, I don’t like they way they handled themselves over the past two seasons. Some of that was Bob Gainey, who is gone now. Some of that was the ownership. Bygones. Montreal has turned the page, and is moving forward. Perhaps without Cary Price, which, again, was a Bob Gainey decision. We’ll see.

Don’t look now, but Frazen just scored his 4th goal of the game, to pace the Red Wings to a 7-1 lead, with 11:00 left in the 3rd period. That’s not a typo. Detroit led 5-0, in the 1st period. They are making a statement to their fan base, who pays a shiny penny to see them play in the regular season. And they need a mortgage consultant for the playoff prices.

Brendan

May 6th, 2010
9:58 pm

Rob, I don’t frequent any blog where there isn’t free speech. That’s why I’m here, and not there.

Brendan

May 6th, 2010
10:09 pm

Red Light, do you think the Thrashers will re-sign Brett Sterling, for a two-way contract? I certainly think Sterling brings value to the Wolves. I doubt some NHL team is out there, romancing him for a July 1st contract. Sterling was a Hobey Baker finalist, from Colorado College, in his NCAA days. He never really impressed in his opportunities to play here, at the NHL level.

HookyBob

May 6th, 2010
10:30 pm

Brendan, your comments are valued and insightful. However, in the spirit of free speech I must respectively disagree with pulling for the Penguins. In my mind the Penguins Mat Cooke’s mission is to injure opposing players (90% of his hits are from the side or blindside, and after the puck has been moved). He should be a pariah in the NHL. Any team that gives a player with that intent any icetime is hurting the sport of ice hockey. He’s the #1 dirtbag in the NHL, and the sport’s image is worse because of him. I have similar feelings about several Flyers,…but at least they initate their hits face to face.,…

As for Sterling,…there may be a fit on another team. However, I have to think that that team should be weighted with big players and not have any (or very few) small players. For the Thrashers I’d choose Nick Bergfores (sp) over Sterling. However, I will defer to Dudley’s thoughts on this. :)

Red Light

May 6th, 2010
10:47 pm

I’d highly doubt Sterling is part of the plans. He’s small and there are other guys worth a look before him. I liked him when he was up earlier in his career, but in typical franchise fashion if you don’t invest money into him he ain’t playing (ie Crabb, Stewart, Stapleton, Siddall, etc. etc. etc.). He might get a two-way deal but I honestly think he’ll get a chance elsewhere.

Headline tomorrow: Shark Tanked

Brendan

May 6th, 2010
11:03 pm

HookyBob, Matt Cooke is a slimeball. No argument. But I don’t want to taint the whole Penguins franchise because of it. I respect the San Jose Sharks organization, even though they traded for self-serving, prima donna in Dany Heatley. If Heatley were not part of the Sharks, I’d be rooting for San Jose. So, I can definitely see your point, HookyBob. One player can make a person root against an ‘otherwise fine’ organization.

Scotty & HookyBob, be careful. If you go public with supporting my posts and viewpoints, there arrrrrre those out there who will then embark on a campaign of researching your last 18-months worth of previous posts, seeking to attack you, discredit you, and discredit your viewpoints. Sad, isn’t it?

Red Light, I don’t see Sterling as a player Dudley would seek. But, I do still think Sterling brings value to the Wolves. Now, I hear ya. If we’ve truly turned the corner from the “Waddell Administration,” where Waddell ENTIRELY REMOVED from personnel decision, then we don’t try to do ‘nice things’ for our minor league teams, like re-signing a fairly effective player at the minor league level. When Waddell was the GM, he’d even do trade deadline moves for the benefit of the minor league team in Chicago. That’s how Waddell rolled. He’d always try to toss the farm system a bone, for their playoff race/run. Perhaps you’re right, Red Light. Maybe those days are, indeed, over. If so, then the franchise won’t waste one of its 54 permissible contracts, per year, on Brett Sterling.

Alan R.

May 6th, 2010
11:04 pm

Brendan – The first goal belongs to Bertuzzi. Franzen then proceeded to score a natural hat trick, then rubbed some salt in the wound in the third period.

Not sure why SJ decided to goon it up (of course, we all know they were frustrated. No surprise there. Still wasn’t classy). Also really mystified at Draper getting a misconduct. The CSN guys sounded surprised as well.

HookyBob

May 7th, 2010
1:08 am

Brendan:…To be “discredited” pre-supposes one has “credit.” So,..no worries for me :) Especially after my Preds, Yotes, and Caps bowed out in the first round.

When Waddell was GM he seemed to have a penchant for small, fast, skilled players (ie Sterling). I’m of the opinion that Dudley likes a little more size (not necessarily a lot more) and grit (necessarily a whole lot more). Think Artuken,..and not Sterling, going forward.

There was some mention earlier about who was our “best ever” forward. Hossa’s name came up and I would agree. So who was our “best ever” D-man? While my memory is not what it used to be,..I’m going with Kubina. Since we haven’t heard anything on the signing front since the season ended it appears to me that he will be testing the waters come July 1st. That could be a big hole to fill.

“Best ever” Thrashers goalie?. Do I hear any votes for Passi?

World Be Free

May 7th, 2010
7:33 am

Hooky-Doc is one of the best, certainly of our time. But I’d take Dan Kelley and Danny Gallivan just ahead of Doc. That’s some pretty good company to be in with.

I agree with you on the best d-man, which is sad to say when you consider Kubina may only be here one year and gone. Our best d-man would have been acquired from a loser team (Tronna) AND is past his prime age-wise. This is why we need to spend $$$ on a defenseman more than anything else.

Gonchar looked pretty good last night, didn’t he?

kracker

May 7th, 2010
8:05 am

HookyBob, I think Waddell became enamoured w/ the post-lockout play of the Sabres: small, speedy, roll 4 lines in the ‘new’ NHL where hooking, holding and generally impeding play was now illegal. (It already was illegal, they just decided to enforce the rules after the lockout.) While it worked with the roster of the Sabres in 05-06, it was more of those players ‘clicking’ than it was a model to be easily copied by other teams. I’m sure our Buffalo guys can say it better.

That’s how I think Waddell saw it. Remember, IIRC DW was on the rules committee during the lockout so he probably thought he had a real handle on how to build a team post-lockout.

(Countering the points I just made: If DW was in love w/ small, speedy players why did he sign Holik?)

World Be Free

May 7th, 2010
8:25 am

Kracker – can’t argue with your Buffalo post-lockout logic. The players in Buffalo did click together. Witness how much Drury and Briere were overpaid once theu became UFAs in 2007 and how much they have not performed to the value of their new contacts in their new locations. Through Brian Campbell in there too.

glovesave29

May 7th, 2010
8:31 am

Call me old school – but no play by play guy today can touch either Dan Kelley or Jiggs McDonald. In a class above anything NBC, Versus or the regional cable systems are trotting out there nowadays.

Emrick is OK, but it annoys me that every year, as the cup is presented, he makes the same speech about how time is moving slowly for the players as they celebrate, but as they look back years from now, time will have seemed to fly by. It is so planned and sterile…I have the game on DVD when the Flames won the cup in 1989 and he makes the same speech. Think of something new already!

Brendan – true statement. We could all be picked apart as to the things we have posted if someone had the will and/or time. But the beauty of posters like yourself is that you put your opinions out there, and leave yourself wide open to the criticism. Its easy to be a reactionary, to comment on things that have already occured. I like reading your manifestos. Its food for thought. You obviously know and love the game, so the passion comes across…damn the detractors!

jimbo

May 7th, 2010
8:40 am

Dudley’s comments are really encouraging. Will bring in a coach who can adapt and has a defensive strategy. Boy what a condemnation of Anderson. From his comments, Kulda, Cormier and Klingsburg should start looking for housing in the area. Interesting that he thinks that Jimmy No-Hands has finally found himself.

Red Light

May 7th, 2010
9:15 am

You have posed some excellent questions in the past few posts and as World Be Free said, “it’s sad to say” that Kubina is one of if not the best to have played here. I’m going to cast my vote for Nic Havelid, as he did a nice job of tutoring Enstrom (gasp, look what has happened to Toby after Nic left). Certainly not the biggest but very definitely responsible and a good puck mover. Pasi in goal as Hooky said just because he was able to keep an awful team in games and was the combative, likable sort that we all seem to love.

I will say this, projecting value and improvement was never Waddell’s strong suit, but then what was his strong suit? If he had an eye for building a team in the way many of us would have liked, your 2009-10 roster could have been as follows…

G Kari Lehtonen and Moose Salary: $4,175,000
D Steve Staois, Brett Clark, Toby Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, Pavel Kubina, Ron Hainsey Salary: $19,675,000
W Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marc Savard, Marty Reasoner, Rich Peverley, Bryan Little, Evander Kane, Jim Slater, Eric Boulton, Pascal Dupuis, Eric Belanger and Andrew Brunette. $30,840,000

Now, that’s $54,690,000, still under the cap and certainly a bit more competitive than what we had this year.If you wanted to let Savard walk, then you save another $1 million by replacing him with Antropov. If you wanted to let Brunette walk, you replace him with Max and save another $1.7 million.

Anyone think that roster could have made the playoffs with that blend of youth, speed and experience?

Red Light

May 7th, 2010
9:20 am

World: Some day, GMs will look upon free agents as integral pieces of the puzzle not major pieces of the puzzle. You are right on target with the Campbell, Briere and Drury signings. They should have been viewed as complementary players not stars. Anyone else think the Rangers have at least two of the worst contracts in the sport: Drury and Redden (toss in Rozsival and you’ve hit the idiotic trifecta).

Joe Friday

May 7th, 2010
9:46 am

“Hossa was easily the best player ever to wear the Thrashers sweater, followed closely by Heatley and then Kovalchuk.”

Yep. But they’re all on other clubs now and thus the enemy, eff ‘em.

Best dman ever has to have been David Harlock.

Don’t make me trot out the list of Waddell dman over the years again . . . it’s like picking the prettiest pig. Kubina would be the guy though.

Let’s go Nucks, clap clap clap clap clap

World Be Free

May 7th, 2010
10:24 am

Red Light-Rangers gave Kotalik a 3 year commitment too! At least Sather found a bigger idiot in Calgary to take that conract?

Who will Glen overpay this summer? Jimmy Slater, 3 years $12M?

Alan R.

May 7th, 2010
10:33 am

How come no one wants to talk about the Red Wings today? I’m all sad and lonesome over here, but everyone is ominously quiet (unlike the other day)!

Spud Webb

May 7th, 2010
10:37 am

I gotta be honest here. Flyers will be swept.
I’m very, very suspicious. Im going to say it right now. The sharks will NOT get their mojo back. Gut feeling here, sharks are done also.

Red Light

May 7th, 2010
10:39 am

Here ya go Alan R.

A great response by the Wings last night when they could have mailed it in. Sharks probably learned the most valuable lesson, however, and that is you can’t take winning a fourth game in any series for granted. You would have thought they would have learned that a long time ago, but the cliche goes: the last game is the hardest one to win.

Franzen awoke from his slumber just in time and I look for a great game 5 in San Jose.