San Jose Sharks: Most complete game comes at perfect time

    San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) scores past Colorado Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj (31), of Slovakia, in the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Thursday, April 22, 2010, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) (Paul Sakuma - AP)
    San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) scores past Colorado Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj (31), of Slovakia, in the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Thursday, April 22, 2010, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) (Paul Sakuma - AP)
    San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) scores past Colorado Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj (31), of Slovakia, in the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Thursday, April 22, 2010, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) (Paul Sakuma - AP)
    San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) scores past Colorado Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj (31), of Slovakia, in the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Thursday, April 22, 2010, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) (Paul Sakuma - AP)

    Just when they needed it most, the San Jose Sharks delivered their most complete game yet of these young 2010 NHL playoffs.

    Nabakov gets a shut-out. Marleau scored. Pavelski scored again. And secondary scoring continued to shine, this time from Logan Couture of Ottawa 67’s pedigree. Yes, my hometown pride is flowing—I can smell Brian Kilrea’s cigar all the way from Northern California.

    Did I tell you how great San Jose is playing in the playoffs?

    What, no… oh, yes, right. About that, it’s not supposed to be this hard: It wasn’t, finally. Last night the Sharks played like the dominant team that they can be. At least when they try.

    But first, disclaimer and honest admission: I missed the first two periods. I know, what have I become, here in Silicon Valley, now writing about SF Bay Area theater, arts, and wine?It’s a long way from the golden bachelor days of Elgin Street of Ottawa. Or U2 karaoke revelry along El Camino Real here in San Jose.

    Duty was calling, you see, and Loni and I were on location for the Wine Enthusiast Toast of the Town food & wine event at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Hey, when I need to miss a few periods of playoff hockey, it’s for a very good reason. Tasting an ’06 Cardinale Cab rated 100-points (by superb wine blogger Steve Heimoff) was a nice bonus.

    By the time I made it home to San Jose, past all the leggy iPad billboards along Highway 101, the party at HP Pavilion was already under way, thanks to a three-goal outburst in the second period.

    I did manage to see Couture’s second goal, and, finally, Marleau’s first goal. Good things happen when you head to the net, even sometimes without the puck. It’s a Gretzky thing. Go where you think the puck is headed, not where it is. Easier said then done.

    So Sharks lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, with game 6 in Colorado this Saturday an opportunity to close out the feisty Avalanche. Somehow I think I may need to once again rely on my SportsTap Droid app. What would my Logitech Ice hockey team mates thing if only they knew of my alternate theater and arts life?

    Note: With Ottawa’s 3OT win against Pittsburgh, my dream Sharks/Sens Cup final match-up lives.

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    • Pat

      News from the NHL:
      This afternoon half of the Phoenix police department swarmed Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and arrested the entire Detroit Red Wings hockey team as they exited their charter plane. After booking it was disclosed that 98% of the team couldn’t prove that they were US Citizens and are being held before transfer to the local penitentiary. Two eastern European team members were released because they had Visas with them. According to a police source “We couldn’t hold them. We don’t know if the Visas are forged or not because no one on the force can read Lithuanian. It is just one of those things…”. For the rest of the team….It’s SLAMMER TIME!

    • Pat

      News from the NHL:
      This afternoon half of the Phoenix police department swarmed Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and arrested the entire Detroit Red Wings hockey team as they exited their charter plane. After booking it was disclosed that 98% of the team couldn’t prove that they were US Citizens and are being held before transfer to the local penitentiary. Two eastern European team members were released because they had Visas with them. According to a police source “We couldn’t hold them. We don’t know if the Visas are forged or not because no one on the force can read Lithuanian. It is just one of those things…”. For the rest of the team….It’s SLAMMER TIME!

    • Pat

      News from the NHL:
      This afternoon half of the Phoenix police department swarmed Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and arrested the entire Detroit Red Wings hockey team as they exited their charter plane. After booking it was disclosed that 98% of the team couldn’t prove that they were US Citizens and are being held before transfer to the local penitentiary. Two eastern European team members were released because they had Visas with them. According to a police source “We couldn’t hold them. We don’t know if the Visas are forged or not because no one on the force can read Lithuanian. It is just one of those things…”. For the rest of the team….It’s SLAMMER TIME!