Talk about a 180. Sharks head coach Ron Wilson was in a far better mood tonight (OK, maybe that's an overstatement, but he did seem a bit happier). Here's what he had to say about his team's 2-1 win over the Stars, which helped the Sharks avoid elimination:
... We had nothing to lose. You guys basically buried us already. So went out therre and had fun. We'll embrace the challenge to make history in coming back from a 3-0 deficit. We've been sitting back too much and not playing Sharks hockey. That was a pretty solid effort. It was an impressive effort. Our special teams were impressive, obviously. We scored a power-play goal and got another shorthanded. So it was a good night on the end.
... You hope you have that resiliency and a little desperation. I think our bench settled down after (the shorthanded goal) at that point. The guys rallied around and dug in and got the job done.
... Nabokov was better last game. Tonight, he only faced 18 shots. Most were from the perimeter and our D did a great job. Other than the giveaway goal that wasn't his fault, he stood tall and did his job.
... (Marleau) did it the last game and obviously this game. He's got great speed and anticipation. I think he plays more relaxed when he's killing penalties. He has a quick stick. He anticipates where the puck might go. He did a great job -- got his stick in the passing lane, stole the pass and made them pay.
-- Keeli Garza