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What they’re saying about the suddenly struggling Sharks

Apr 29, 2014, 12:14 PM EST

From San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy, who’s calling on Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau to step up in Game 7:

The Sharks did a better job on their forecheck Monday, did some good things. But they still need more from the likes of Pavelski, who has just one shot on goal in the last two games — or Marleau, who hasn’t scored since his overtime winner in Game 3.

To say the series turned around abruptly and decisively after that third game is woefully accurate. In Game 1 through Game 3, the Sharks outscored the Kings 17-8. In Game 4 through Game 6, the Kings outscored the Sharks 13-4.

Rory Boylen of The Hockey News is convinced that Todd McLellan will be coaching for his job on Wednesday:

By starting rookie Alex Stalock in a Game 6 loss to Los Angeles, McLellan opened the door of uncertainty for a rookie without any playoff experience. Granted, Stalock had a .932 save percentage in 24 games this season, but a Cory Schneider/Roberto Luongo situation this was not. You have to keep going with your Stanley Cup winning, Vezina Trophy finalist.

But by turning to Stalock in Game 6, there is no clear choice for Game 7.

Taking a slightly different tack, here’s the National Post’s Michael Traikos on why the Sharks shouldn’t be considered “chokers” if they lose Game 7:

This is essentially the same Kings team that won the Cup in 2012, with Jonathan Quick back to his Vezina Trophy form.

That they were down 3-0 in the series — with Quick allowing 16 goals — was surprising. That they would have the talent and depth to turn the series around — Quick has allowed three goals in the last three games — is not.

Meanwhile, CSN Bay Area’s Ray Ratto has some advice for Sharks fan:

And, finally, here’s the Toronto Star’s Bruce Arthur, on what to expect tomorrow:

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  1. dickschofield8291986 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    I’ve seen San Jose -130, LA +120, so the professionals see that momentum has nothing to do with Game 7 (just like it had nothing to do with Game 4). I’m suprised by how many SJ fans are turning on their team when it’s favored to advance.

  2. bwayblueshirt - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Starting Stalock was the right call. Niemi has looked weak all series. Granted, when the guys in front of you are scoring 6 or 7 goals it doesn’t really matter, but goaltending is the Sharks last hole to fill. If they do, they would be my pick for the cup next year. Prediction: Stalock starts Game 7, wins it in regulation.

  3. skr213 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Don’t ever include a Ray Fatso tweet. That man doesn’t deserve to even be mentioned. He knows nothing about hockey AT ALL. He is an embarrassment to the Bay Area sports community.

    P.S. I have always defending the Sharks against the “choke” comments. I will not do so if they lose game 7. It will truly be the most epic choke I’ve ever witnessed.

  4. chitown26 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Ray Ratto? Really?

    He’s an idiot and nobody in the Bay Area cares what he says.

    “I’d drink.” – HARD HITTING JOURNALISM THERE RAY. (ugh)

  5. JoeAvg - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Not familiar with Ray Ratto but in the picture he kinda looks like a mustachioed (and weighty) Dickie Dunn.

    “Just tryin to capture the spirit of the thing, Reg.”

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