The Sharks extended their season Sunday night by extending themselves even beyond the usual extending.
When the final horn sounded at HP Pavilion, captain Joe Thornton congratulated goalie Antti Niemi and then skated to center ice for the traditional fan salute. Actually, Thornton glided there, bent over at the waist, staring down at the ice. He had played a tick past 22 minutes, more than any other Shark, including defensemen. He was catching his breath, clearly spent.
But now Thornton has more spending to do. So do the rest of the Sharks. The extenders succeeded. They will now play a Game 7 on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
- Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News
And the filling-in-for-Ryan-Vogelsong winner is … Michael Kickham.
The 24-year-old lefty will be called up from Triple-A Fresno to make Tuesday’s start against Oakland, manager Bruce Bochy announced after Sunday’s 7-3 win.
Kickham takes Vogelsong’s spot in the rotation after Vogelsong went on the 15-day disabled list May 21 because of a fractured right hand. The Giants do not plan to make the roster move until they have to Tuesday.
- Willie Bans, MLB.com
It is a stable community that developed an identity as a great place to raise a family. And while it is not glamorous, NBA players who give Sacramento a fair shake tend to keep strong ties there long after they have left Sleep Train Arena. They feel like they are part of a community and perhaps even more – part of a family.
When you meet the new ownership group, you get a vibe that things will be different this time. More to the point, you get that same sense of stability and family that Sacramento is synonymous with, something they are hopefully going to impart onto their young team of NBA players.
- James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom