Following the Sharks' 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night, Sharks fans were notably present for Game 3, the Sharks' first home game of the series. The pivotal match-up in the series moved to San Jose's HP Pavilion, where the home team Sharks were down 2-0 in the series after embarrassing losses in Vancouver.
Sharks players and coaches credited their home-ice advantage in Game 3 for being a major factor in the game.
(Fans) gave us an extra boost, Thornton said after the game. Thornton was a major factor in the game, controlling the tempo and getting 3 assists on the evening.
Sharks' Coach Todd McClellan noted the difference in Sharks' attitude at home, I thought our intensity was much improved from where it was in Vancouver.
McClellan specifically noted the how the Sharks went after the puck and contested Canucks possessions, I thought we played harder, we won more battles.
In particular, Patrick Marleau had his best game at home with 2 goals and 1 assist.
After the game, defenseman Dan Boyle commented on Marleau's play in San Jose, He's back to the Patty we've been accustomed to.
The announced crowd of 17,562 at the Shark Tank certainly responded to the improved play.
You heard the crowd...didn't you? Sharks winger Devin Setoguchi asked.