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Ken Kal Previews Game 7

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DETROIT - MAY 10: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings stops a first period shot by the San Jose Sharks of Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 10, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT – MAY 10: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings stops a first period shot by the San Jose Sharks of Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 10, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Is there anything more exciting than a deciding Game 7? Tonight we will find out what team will advance to the Western Conference Final to play the Vancouver Canucks.

Now, how do we analyze this game? It’s difficult because the Red Wings and the Sharks are two evenly matched teams. The Red Wings certainly have momentum on their side, winning 3 straight elimination games. The Sharks need to find a way to change that momentum and get it back on their side. Easier said than done.

The Red Wings penalty killing has been terrific. They haven’t allowed a power play goal in their last 3 wins. The Sharks scored 4 power play goals in the first 3 games. So staying out of the penalty box will be key.

One thing I know in game 7’s is that someone who you least expect usually comes up big to score a goal or make a play that turns the game around. Also, anything can happen in a game 7. A bad bounce could determine the outcome as well.

From a broadcaster’s point of view, these are the games that I look forward to the most. The players enjoy playing in these games as well. There is no room for error. It’s all about winning your battles, taking it one shift and one period at a time.

Both teams skated at HP Pavilion this morning. There was a quiet confidence in the Red Wings locker room and a business-like approach. The players were calm, relaxed and eager to compete tonight.

This has been a terrific series and there will be no losers when it’s all said and done.

It’s been great hockey between two great teams.

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