No rest from the Shark attack

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:46 PM ET


 It should be a lot easier to carry the momentum forward this time.

 Following a 3-0 win in Game 3, the Sharks were forced to sit on their accomplishment for three days before returning to the ice, making it extremely difficult to maintain their perceived edge.

 Hitting the ice a little more than 24 hours after yesterday's convincing Game 4 win should play in the Sharks' favour.

 "I think it will," said defenceman Brad Stuart of tonight's crucial Game 5 in San Jose (8 p.m., CBC).

 "We don't have to go home and think about it too much. We'll just go on and carry over what happened today.

 "But we know they'll be better. They're not going to sit and dwell about what they did wrong."

 Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who redeemed himself after a couple of rough outings in Games 1 and 2, agreed his club has momentum on its side but cautioned it can evaporate in the blink of an eye.

 "We can say that we have momentum right now. But you know how momentum changes. It can change just like that," Nabokov said, snapping his fingers. "If you're not prepared to play, the momentum is gone."

 A number of other Sharks refused to acknowledge the series has shifted in their favour. The series is tied, Vincent Damphousse said, adding momentum has rarely carried on from one game to the next in the post-season.

 "I don't think it matters," Damphousse said. "It's a 2-2 series so both teams will be ready.

 "I believe in momentum within the game but not from one game to the next."

 Blueliner Scott Hannan said the two teams will be starting from scratch again tonight.

 "Momentum is within the game," Hannan said. "Momentum changes from period to period and shift to shift.

 "We'll get in tonight in plenty of time to have a good sleep. We'll get our rest, our nutrition and we'll be ready to go."

 The Sharks had an 8-3-4-1 record in back-to-back games during the regular season.

 Calgary captain Jarome Iginla is eager to get back at it as quickly as possible.

 "It's a best-of-three and we've been in this situation a couple of times already," Iginla said.

 "We'll try and draw on that.

 "We believe we can go in and play 26 hours from now, so we're excited about that and still believe we can win."


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