After beating the Nashville Predators 2-1 in Game 5 Sunday to clinch this opening-round playoff series, the Sharks celebrated their advancement but without any wild jubilation.
“We have our eyes on bigger things, that’s for sure,” said captain Patrick Marleau, whose seventh goal of the playoffs proved to be the clincher.
“This is just the beginning,” said defenseman Scott Hannan, who led the club in ice time (27 minutes, 24 seconds) and blocked shots (five). “Gone are the days of us just getting by the first round. We wanted to win tonight to get the rest.”
This is the third time in a row that the Sharks have moved to the second round by ending their first series in five games. They did it in 2002, against Phoenix, and in 2004, against St. Louis.
Andrew Brunette scooped a rebound shot over sprawling goaltender Marty Turco 13:55 into overtime to give Colorado a 3-2 victory today over the Dallas Stars, wrapping up the first-round series in five games.
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward is making a believer out of the Montreal Canadiens that he is for real.
The 22-year-old rookie once again led the Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over Montreal on Sunday night in Carolina by making several key saves.
The win gives the Hurricanes a 3-2 best-of-seven series lead in the Eastern Conference quarter-finals.
Bold goaltending decisions have paid off for NHL teams in this postseason, particularly in Edmonton where Dwayne Roloson has the No. 1-seeded Detroit Red Wings on the verge of elimination.
“All you can ask of a goalie is to make key saves when you need them and not to give up a weak goal,” Edmonton center Jarret Stoll said. “And he has done that for us the entire series.”