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- This obviously wasn't as lopsided a win for Columbus as their previous two victories over the Sharks, either on the scoreboard or by the shot and chance counts. Apart from a few stretches of play for which the Ryan Johansen and Brandon Dubinsky lines had Joe Thornton hemmed in his own end, the Sharks dictated the pace territorially.
- Leading the charge, once again, was the Sharks' five-man shutdown unit of Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, Martin Havlat, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun. They were handpicked to neutralize Marian Gaborik and did so splendidly, rendering the Jackets' most dangerous forward ineffective throughout.
- Havlat and Vlasic in particular had marvelous games. Marty has come alive since being placed on the Couture line and finally looks like the player the Sharks thought they were trading for back in 2011. Of course, we've said this before too.
- Hannan/Stuart was predictably nightmarish, essentially every bit as incapable of moving the puck as the Murray/Stuart pairing that sank the Sharks for much of February and March. This game was relatively meaningless but the fact that these two were paired is a somewhat disconcerting indicator that the coaching staff isn't fully aware of what led to the team's meteoric rise.
- Ryan Johansen is a good young player but he's the type of center Joe Thornton should be decisively winning matchups against. He failed to do that last night, the latest in a string of sub-par efforts for Jumbo. McLellan justifiably demoted him to the fourth line to begin the third period and it appeared to spark him to some extent. Ultimately, the Sharks have enough depth that they can handle Thornton being mediocre but he looked to be worse than that for most of the first two periods.
- The numbers aren't exactly sparkling but, by eye, Raffi Torres continues to be an extremely effective player for the Sharks. And he hasn't murdered anyone on the ice yet so that's a positive sign.