Ducks/Sharks, A Rather Large Game

Big.  Huge.  Enormous.  Gigantic.  Humongous.  Colossal.  Titanic.  Gargantuan.  Monumental.  Astronomical.  Immense.  The magnitude of tonight’s game cannot be understated.

There is some excess animosity floating around this game after Saturday’s nastiness.  Douglas Murray was pretty tactful in discussing his hit on Lubomir Visnovsky after the game, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic (aka Pickels) had this to say of George Parros to the San Jose Mercury News.

“If Jay (Jason Demers) was on that side, he would have went after Jay,” Vlasic said. “The only guy he wouldn’t have gone after was Douglas Murray. Dougie hits Visnovsky 4-2, 20 seconds left, you put the fighter on the ice. What do you think?”

Then there’s the playoff preview factor.  The Ducks need to show that they can beat this Sharks team.  They’ve gone 2-3 so far in the season series versus San Jose.  Since the last time the Ducks beat the Sharks, San Jose has gone 26-6-4 including two wins over Anaheim.  They are going into the playoffs hotter than they ever have before and with a proven goalie.  This team is scary. 

Between the acrimony at the end of the game, Randy Carlyle slinging F-Bombs and possibly flipping the bird at the Sharks players and/or coaching staff and accusations in the press, this would be a great playoff series.  Not to mention all but one of the games so far in the season series were decided by one goal or one plus an empty netter.  The Ducks will have to put any thoughts of a rematch of the 2009 series and that game Saturday out of their heads, except of course lessons learned from video etc., this game is far to important.

A win would put the Ducks two points away from locking up a playoff spot and take some of the pressure off of the back to backs with the Kings Friday and Saturday.  On the other side of that coin, a loss would force the Ducks to win out or pray for help from Colorado and Minnesota. 

Get ready for a day of nervous anticipation leading into a night of pure stress and tension.

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