Sharks forward Patrick Marleau is a lightning rod for playoff frustrations in San Jose, and you had to know after his turnover led to the Red Wings' winning goal in Sunday's 4-3 Game 5 loss that he was going to feel some heat. Versus talking head and onetime Shark Jeremy Roenick was there to make sure he did. In the postgame show, Roenick said Marleau had "an unbelievably poor effort ... a gutless, gutless performance" in the game. "Count them: zero points in this series, and he has a game like that." Later, on "Hockey Central," Roenick was asked by studio mate Keith Jones whether he thought Marleau was playing injured. "He's hurt all right," Roenick said, and pointed to his chest. "Right here, he's hurt." On the play that set off Roenick, Marleau was stripped of the puck by Pavel Datsyuk along the boards trying to move out of the Sharks' zone. He tried to check Datsyuk off the puck as Datsyuk moved toward the net but was shaken by a spin move. Datsyuk passed back to Nicklas Lidstrom at the point. Lidstrom fired, Tomas Holmstrom deflected, and it was 4-3 Wings with 6:08 left. They held on for their second straight one-goal win, taking the series back to Detroit for today's Game 6. "All in all, 19 players of the San Jose Sharks came and grinded it out and played a very good game," Roenick said. That's out of 20 players who dress, and though Roenick didn't specify who he was excluding, it probably wasn't backup goalie Antero Niittymaki.
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San Francisco Chronicle | May 10