Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game Six

Last season during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I put out a morning “noteworthy” column in the style of Trey Kerby’s “Things Of Note” posts on The Basketball Jones. This year I’ll be doing something similar (I think with some upgrades on my own previous attempts) using the NHL’s morning press release (“Stanley Cup of Joe,” they’re calling it), my own opinions, and some videos, .GIFs and appropriate pictures. Quoted passages are from the NHL press release.


 Overcoming history

The Sharks don’t have a huge track record of rallying from behind just yet…

San Jose forced Game 7 after trailing 3-2 in a series for just the second time in franchise history. The Sharks are 1-8 all-time in series that they have trailed 3-2, their only rally coming in the 1995 Western Conference quarterfinal against Calgary. San Jose beat the Flames 5-4 in double overtime of Game 7. (Elias)

Delay of Common Sense penalties

I really dislike penalizing a team such a huge amount for a player accidentally shooting a puck over the glass. It’s a terrible rule that needs to be changed (would ref’s discretion be so terrible? We employ them to make discretionary decisions all game). It gave the deadly Sharks powerplay a 5-on-3. The penalty, all Vined up:

Home sweet Home

Niemi has been a little better at home than on the road…

Niemi is 5-0 with a 1.52 goals-against average in five home games in this year’s playoffs, after posting a 5-6 record and 2.89 goals-against average in 11 playoff games in San Jose in his first two seasons with the Sharks (Elias).

As has the team:

10 of the Sharks’ 11 power-play goals this postseason have come on home ice, giving San Jose the top-ranked home power-play this postseason (10-for-29, 34.5%) – Joe ThorntonLogan CouturePatrick Marleau and Dan Boyle have been on the ice for all 11 power-play goals.

As has everyone, actually.

With San Jose’s win, home clubs improved to 48-20 (.706) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including an 18‑3 (.857) mark in the second round.

And that includes the Kings.

Despite having won 13 straight games on home ice (including regular season), Los Angeles fell to 1-5 on the road in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings lost just once away from the Staples Center during their 2012 Cup run, a 2-1 loss to New Jersey in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Los Angeles won 10 straight on the road in the 2012 playoffs, including four overtime victories.

Minor annoyance

Jonathan Quick has shown some frustration at times in this series, even while posting fantastic numbers. Last night Logan Couture clipped him (in what should probably have been a penalty), so Quick tossed the puck at Couture’s face latter in the shift (in what should probably have been a penalty).

Loose Pucks

* San Jose improved to 6-0 when scoring first in the playoffs

* All three games this series at HP Pavilion have ended with a 2-1 Sharks victory

* The home team has scored first and won each game between San Jose and Los Angeles

* Adam Burish returned to the San Jose lineup after missing five games with a broken hand, registering four shots and going 4-for-4 (100%) in the faceoff circle

* Dustin Brown scored from an impossible angle behind the net

Harrison FordMatthew Perry and Neil Young attended Game 6 in San Jose

* You know this by now, but the Penguins eliminated the Sens and the Bruins eliminated the Rangers, which means, BOOM, Pens/Bruins. Should be fun.

Tonight’s Action

Chicago @ Detroit, Game 6 8:00 PM, DET leads 3-2, NBCSN, CBC, RDS

We’re rapidly approaching that point of the season where there isn’t a game every night. This is awful.