College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
If the Detroit Red Wings are looking to get to their third Stanley Cup finals in as many years they’ve got a lot of work to do in the second round of the NHL postseason. They’re currently in an 0-2 hole with the series shifting back to the Motor City tonight. The problem with Detroit has not been scoring (although if they had scored a couple more goals they wouldn’t be down in the series). Uncharacteristically the Red Wings have been extremely undisciplined. During the regular season they were the second best team in the league averaging only 8.8 penalty minutes a game. The same cannot be said about their current playoff run. In eight games they’re averaging over 13 minutes shorthanded and especially in the second round their opponents, the San Jose Sharks, have taken advantage. Out of the eight goals the Sharks have scored, four have been with the man advantage. San Jose is looking good to rid themselves of the postseason gorilla they’ve been carrying for the last couple of years. Although they were led during the regular season by their top line of Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau – this extended season has been about line two. Joe Pavelski (9G/5A), Devin Setoguchi(4G/3A) and Ryane Clowe (2G/7A) have been the difference makers. Pavelski leads the entire league in playoffs goals and in game two against Detroit the trio accounted for three of the four Shark goals. Not bad for a guy that was taken 205th overall (seventh round) in the 2003 NHL entry draft. If Pavelski continues to find the back of the net and the top line starts to roll – dare I say it – this could finally be the year for the Sharks.