Scoring Chances: Game 62 v. Philadelphia

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Pavel Kubina #13 of the Philadelphia Flyers clears the puck from in front of his net away from Daniel Winnik #34 of the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion at San Jose on February 28, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Very solid effort by the Sharks. They ended up hanging on for dear life while surrendering chances late in the game, as we'd expect with them carrying a one-goal lead into the third period, but a better game than we saw from the team for the majority of the road trip. That was thanks in no small part to the newly acquired Daniel Winnik, who spent just under 15 of his incredible 19 minutes of even-strength ice time playing against Hart Trophy candidate Claude Giroux and still managed to finish a team-leading +5 in Corsi, although he was underwater by the chances after spending the final minute of the game on the ice with Ilya Bryzgalov pulled for the Flyers (and making a potentially game-saving shot block on an attempt by Braydon Coburn). Performances like that are what help win playoff games.

Best EV Forward: Joe Thornton (+1), Tommy Wingels (+1), Torrey Mitchell (+1), Brad Winchester (+1)

Worst EV Forward: Patrick Marleau (-2)

Best EV Defenseman: Brent Burns (+3)

Worst EV Defenseman: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (-3), Dan Boyle (-3)

(I thought it made sense to exclude the final two chances for the Flyers that were generated with an empty net to make the above lists, which is why they differ from the table below.)

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 3 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 3 6 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 11 13 10 12 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Period Time Note SJS Opponent
SJS 1 18:38 Goal - Clowe 19 29 31 57 60 88 17 24 27 30 41 44 5v5
SJS 1 16:18 Clowe 5 19 29 31 57 61 5 17 24 25 27 30 5v5
SJS 1 14:07 Pavelski 8 12 22 31 34 44 5 19 25 28 30 68 5v5
SJS 1 9:27 Handzus 10 17 26 31 61 88 8 10 21 30 41 93 5v5
PHI 1 8:50 Jagr 8 12 22 31 34 44 5 19 25 28 30 68 5v5
SJS 1 6:04 Boyle 5 19 22 29 31 57 8 13 17 19 27 30 5v5
PHI 1 0:06 Simmonds 8 12 22 31 34 44 8 10 17 28 30 41 5v5
PHI 1 0:05 Schenn 8 12 22 31 34 44 8 10 17 28 30 41 5v5
PHI 2 18:46 Briere PP 19 22 26 31 44 17 28 30 44 48 68 4v5
PHI 2 16:16 Schenn 2 5 10 31 61 69 10 21 25 30 41 93 5v5
PHI 2 15:42 Voracek 2 5 10 31 61 69 10 21 25 30 41 93 5v5
SJS 2 10:40 Marleau PP 12 19 22 29 31 60 13 27 28 30 44 5v4
SJS 2 5:05 Vandermeer 2 5 10 31 61 69 5 14 25 30 36 48 5v5
PHI 2 3:54 Hartnell 8 12 22 31 34 44 8 19 28 30 41 68 5v5
SJS 2 0:35 Marleau 8 12 31 34 60 88 13 17 24 25 30 48 5v5
SJS 3 19:15 Thornton 5 8 19 22 31 34 5 8 21 28 30 93 5v5
SJS 3 17:33 Galiardi 17 26 31 37 60 61 13 19 25 30 48 68 5v5
PHI 3 15:14 Simmonds 17 26 31 37 60 61 10 13 14 17 25 30 5v5
PHI 3 14:28 Briere 5 19 22 29 31 57 8 19 30 41 48 68 5v5
SJS 3 13:07 Winchester 2 10 31 60 69 88 10 17 25 28 30 41 5v5
PHI 3 11:14 Hartnell 19 26 29 31 60 61 13 19 30 44 48 68 5v5
PHI 3 3:10 Simmonds 19 22 29 31 57 88 10 13 17 24 25 30 5v5
PHI 3 0:31 vanRiemsdyk 6v5 17 19 22 31 34 44 5 17 21 25 28 68 5v5
PHI 3 0:01 Hartnell 6v5 17 19 22 31 34 44 17 19 25 28 48 68 5v5

# Player EV PP SH
2 J. VANDERMEER 7:14 2 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
5 C. WHITE 15:52 4 3 0:00 0 0 1:03 0 0
8 J. PAVELSKI 17:10 3 4 1:29 0 0 1:53 0 0
10 B. WINCHESTER 8:22 3 2 0:22 0 0 0:00 0 0
12 P. MARLEAU 17:02 2 4 1:38 1 0 1:53 0 0
17 T. MITCHELL 14:05 2 3 0:00 0 0 1:04 0 0
19 J. THORNTON 15:42 4 5 1:38 1 0 1:03 0 1
22 D. BOYLE 21:25 3 8 1:13 1 0 1:38 0 1
26 M. HANDZUS 15:24 2 2 0:22 0 0 1:03 0 1
29 R. CLOWE 15:01 3 3 1:38 1 0 0:00 0 0
31 A. NIEMI 54:00 10 12 2:00 1 0 4:00 0 1
34 D. WINNIK 18:53 3 6 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
37 T. GALIARDI 12:53 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
44 M. VLASIC 21:25 1 6 0:00 0 0 2:38 0 1
57 T. WINGELS 13:18 3 2 0:22 0 0 0:00 0 0
60 J. DEMERS 15:45 4 2 0:31 1 0 0:00 0 0
61 J. BRAUN 14:18 4 4 0:00 0 0 0:40 0 0
69 A. DESJARDINS 6:50 2 2 0:00 0 0 1:04 0 0
88 B. BURNS 19:21 4 1 0:47 0 0 2:01 0 0


Head-to-head scoring chances:

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With Todd McLellan out of commission tonight while dealing with concussion-like symptoms (and we sincerely hope he gets better and back to the bench soon) as well as the additions of Winnik and T.J. Galiardi, I was intrigued heading into the game by what we'd see out of Matt Shaw and Jay Woodcroft in terms of deployments.

As I alluded to in the open, they rode Winnik, Marleau and Joe Pavelski. Hard. None of them spent more than four of their even-strength minutes on the ice when Giroux wasn't. Peter Laviolette wasn't pleased with the results and moved Giroux to a line with James vanRiemsdyk and Jakub Voracek in the third period but they continued to draw the Marleau line. I wouldn't worry too much about the minuses Winnik ended up accumulating, since two of those chances were essentially shorthanded with the Flyers playing 6v5 - it was a very effective performance by that unit hard-matched against one of the best centers in the world.

That matchup freed up the Thornton line to take advantage of some of the Flyers' lower lines although describing them as "lower lines" isn't really fair to the talent level present - Philadelphia has some ridiculous forward depth, maybe the best in the league. Wingels had another really strong game while, on defense, Jason Demers looked like the Demers of old - physical, pinching effectively and consistently moving the puck north, helping him win his matchups and finish +2 in chances.

More stats from the game: Corsi/Fenwick, Shift Charts, H2H Ice Time, Zonestarts, Play-By-Play, Box Score

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