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Via the San Francisco Chronicle,
Schneider’s goal, which came during a delay-of-game penalty to San Jose’s Craig Rivet, came after the defenseman made a brilliant reactive stop of Scott Hannan’s clearing attempt. He gloved the drive, laid it onto the blade of his stick and whistled a shot back at goal which hit the Sharks’ diving Patrick Rissmiller and changed direction enough to beat Nabokov, almost lost in a crowd in front of him, and hit the roof of the net.
The result was chilling, but the overall pattern is more long-term disturbing for the Sharks. As much as they believe in Nabokov, the defensive pairings and their neutral-ice trap when ahead, it might be time for the Sharks to loosen their defensive requirements at least enough to allow for some offense. After all, the rope-a-dope is a strategy that, when employed by anyone other than Muhammad Ali, often leaves you as the dope.
Been meaning to point you guys to this site for a while. Danny Green’s a high school journalist in Newfoundland. He’s started his own blog called Danny Green On Hockey. I’ve added him to the blog roll on the port side. Give him a visit when you can. Good site.
Once again we turn to Chris Chelios as the sole source of truth out of Detroit as far as the Wings are concerned. According to him, as heard on WDFN just minutes ago, Homer was indeed hurt last night; but should be ok by Saturday. Also, Cheli discusses Ron Wilson’s tendencies to whine like the little girl he is after losses.
Just in case you missed it, Chelios’ mention of Holmstrom is quick: “He had some problems physically toward the end of the game, but he should be good for Saturday.”
Updated 1604 CST with Peterborough Pete’s breakdown.
Mike Chen, on The Battle of California, has posted a brief analysis of Game 4.
Even though it’s a three-game series with two at the Joe, I’m not jumping off a bridge just yet. The Sharks have given these games away, meaning that they were in control for most of the time. They know they can win at the Joe and they know that when they show up—such as the third period of Game 3—they’re the better team. Two consistent efforts, that’s all I’m asking for.
And the Wings can say the same Mike. They know that when they show up—such as the first period of Game 3—they’re the better team.
Just saw this image over at the Detroit News Wings Blog. Great shot from photographer David Guralnick.
Soooo….I guess we’ll go ahead and officially decree yesterday as the strangest 24-hour period in A2Y history. We started out with mass deletions, cries of the Man Keeping Me Down, threats of regulars leaving in droves. It continued with a flight that should have had me in The State That Hockey Forgot with plenty of time to spare, but ended up being the most excrutiating night of my life…and yes that even includes my first full evening in the Philippines. 20 years old, alone and scared, taken in by a…nevermind.
Now? A timeline.
Headed to the airplane to the state that hockey forgot, the state of the first round (as predicted) playoff evictees. Be back just in time for warm beer in front of the tv. Before I go, the four keys to tonite can be found in the title of this post…and the amount of frustration they can cause Nabokov.
And on the same day I bragged that I never delete comments, I just deleted 31 of them. We're in the middle of a damn good series and the converation has degenerated to garbage, and I'll take responsibility for starting it. Shark fans: you're welcome to stay and your commentary is welcome, although I reserve the right to refer to you all as little girls. Wing fans: same goes for you, except for Gramps. I like to keep Pinhead on my good side. And no, this is not the onset of A2Y censorship so don't get all wadded up if I deleted your stuff. I was an equal opportunity deleter and I doubt it will happen again.
Uncle Mike Lack of Jack Adams got the shaft, in my opinion; as I think he should have at least been considered. But two Wings (stop reading if your memory takes you back to last year) are finalists again. JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding defenseman): Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings; Scott Niedermayer, Ducks; Chris Pronger, Ducks. LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct): Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings; Joe Sakic, Avalanche; Martin St. Louis, Lightning. This is Lidstrom's 8th time as a Norris finalist in the last 9 years. More
You’re going to see this a lot today: “A tale of two…” Insert the key phrase there. You’ll see that because it’s easy and it’s obvious. And that, kids, is how our diggers roll. The first period? All the ills that had plagued the Wings to begin Games 1 and 2 were gone. Speed. Danger. Aggression? Present. Shots from the point? Getting through. Open space in the neutral zone? Available. A lead? Thank you.
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