Following morning skate today, in advance of Game 4 between the Sharks and Kings, San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle spent some time with MayorsManor to discuss a myriad of topics…
Trust factor in the team’s bottom six forwards?
“Our depth is the key to our success. You can probably go as far back as you want in history and all the teams that have won it, they all have stars that come through at the right time of course you have to have that. Nobody gets it done without contributions from the third and fourth line guys. The 5th and 6th d-men. They come through big at the right time. That’s one of our strengths so far and hopefully moving forward.”
Have you given any thought that outside of Adam Burish, this Sharks team is finally healthy with the return of Hertl and Torres?
“I don’t know if I spent any time thinking about it but I am sure enjoying watching them play. That’s for sure. Injuries are part of the game and the past is the past, but it is great to see the team that was meant to be on the ice come together.”
There has been a great deal of talk (and rightfully so) about the explosive offense of the Sharks but in saying that has the play of Niemi been overlooked?
“He has made the saves when he has needed to. The first two games against LA, all the talk was the 6 and 7 goals scored against Quick. I think game 3 in overtime against the Kings is where he showed his best stuff. That’s the other thing. You are not going to win a cup without a goaltender showing his best stuff.”
There is so much talk about by the media about teams needing to have that killer instinct when you have a team on the brink of elimination. Can that be overstated?
“You have to put teams away when you can. You don’t want to give them any hope. The other side of that is that by putting a team away when you can it allows you to get some much needed rest. Mentally you can’t take any shortcuts. You almost have to trick your mind into thinking that this is your one and only opportunity to put a team away. It is easier said than done. You just have to go out and play it like it is a game 7. ”
Talk about the poise of both Nieto and Hertl as they make their playoff debuts…
“They are doing great. Hertl has had a tough time this season with the injury but he has been great in the opening round against LA and Matt Nieto has been spectacular all year. He doesn’t get mentioned as much but I am very impressed with what he brings to our team.”
Talk about how the core of this team has grown and matured together?
“This is my 6th year. As far as the guys that have been here, I think there has been some growth from especially the first year when I got here there were a lot of guys that I didn’t think raised their game where they needed to and the last 3-4 years they have. I think the core has got it figured it out. Now our supporting cast has elevated its game as well.”
The Sharks have won 5 straight in overtime in the playoffs. Is this a product of the core of the team being together for a significant period of time or just some lucky bounces?
“Most of us have been through it. Panic level is probably lower than if you have an inexperienced team.”
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