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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The Sharks looked more out of sync than anytime this season Thursday night in falling to the Vancouver Canucks in a game that didn't seem as close as its 4-2 score.
And coach Todd McLellan had no shortage of places to point his finger in explaining why his team's nine-game winning streak over Vancouver did not reach double digits.
"When you're in the real world you work for eight hours, and when you're in the hockey world you work for 60 minutes," McLellan said. "We didn't even come close to that."
Forwards, the ones McLellan shuffled for two periods, looking for the right line combinations?
"You're trying to spark guys, you're trying to find combinations, you're trying to send messages," McLellan said. "But, when you have a busload that didn't show up to play, it's pretty hard."
Kerry Fraser of TSN discussed the San Jose no-goal...
I concede the optics of this slow decision was bad but Referee Leggo ultimately made the correct determination that the puck was sufficiently frozen by Ryan Miller. It would have been unfair to allow Tommy Wingles to unearth a frozen puck and jam it into the net. The net result was the Ref's intent to blow the play dead prior to the puck entering the net. A quicker whistle (or intent to blow the whistle) by the Referee would have eliminated any controversy on this play. Any discussion with the Situation Room would have only added to the confusion since the play could not be reviewed.
Right call made - poor execution!
If you wish to review the call again, go here...
Elliotte Friedman of CBC spoke with Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy today regarding the missed goal in San Jose last night.
The league views this under the prism of Rule 78.5 -- the world-famous "Intent to Blow." If the referee intends to blow his whistle to stop the play, that supersedes everything.
Here is what Murphy said:
"We have in a week two, three or four plays when the puck goes in the net as the whistle goes. What we look for is how strong a referee's signal is, how committed he is to his call.
"We don't want to undermine the referee... have people watching saying, 'See, see, see, they don't agree,' so before we put him on the headset we're looking to see how strong he is on his call."
The one thing that drives the NHL crazy about these things is people judging it in slow motion. You'd be better off sword-fighting a swarm of gnats, because technology makes that too simple, but Murphy and his co-workers do try to work through this stuff at real speed.
Watch it here if you missed it...
I am sure the Buffalo Sabres are happy to get ouf of San Jose with a shootout win, but they may want to work on their defensivezone coverage...
View a screenshot of the same play below...
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Marty Havlat will make his season debut on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, after recovering from offseason pelvic surgery that has kept him out for the first month of the NHL regular season....
“I think we have to be fair with [Havlat] and give him every opportunity to get his feet going and get involved,” Todd McLellan said. “But, the key is get his feet going. For Marty to be effective in our team environment, he’s going to have to play with some tempo and some speed. He’s going to have to play a north-south game. He knows that, and he can play that way.”...
Does Havlat – whose skills are undeniable, but who has played a decidedly soft and often times ineffective game since signing a massive six-year, $30 million contract with Minnesota in 2009 – have something to prove, now that he’s been cleared to return?
Probably the shortest evening line I have done...
"We want to go after teams, we want to smother teams."
-Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks. Much more on San Jose from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo.
Sharks winger Tommy Wingels was forced from a game in Boston after taking a high hit from Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara with 2:28 to go in the first period. Wingels did not return.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
If McLellan had a problem with the Chara hit, he didn’t express it in his postgame presser, although he said earlier he “didn’t have a good angle, so I can’t comment.”
“You know what, every time somebody is hit now we quickly run to the video and we analyze – was it legal, was it illegal? It’s a hard game, and it’s played by hard players that have to get involved physically night in and night out,” said the head coach. “They have to take some lumps, too. We have to give some lumps, we have to take some lumps. If it’s dirty, I think it should be severely dealt with. If it’s hard hockey, than so be it.”
more on the game...
Watch the hit below and because of the far away camera view, I can't really tell what kind of hit it was...
Krejci scored with less than a second to go in regulation to give the San Jose Sharks their first loss in regulation tonight.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
What he doesn’t remember is getting knocked out on a hit from behind by the Blues’ Maxim Lapierre, or getting stretchered off of the ice minutes later. He had to watch the video later to see what everyone else saw in the corner of the Scottrade Center.
“I wanted to see it right away. … I certainly wanted to find out how it happened,” Boyle said on Thursday at TD Garden. “I’ve been in this league for a long time, and a big reason is because I don’t put myself in those types of situations, where I’m susceptible to those kinds of hits. That’s why I wanted to see it. I still have a hard time believing that it actually happened.”
In his first public comments since the incident, Boyle expanded on one of the scarier moments in the history of the Sharks franchise, when he was unconscious for several minutes after the illegal hit.
He used the word “concussion” but later backtracked, saying that none of the doctors have used that term since the injury. Still, Boyle and the Sharks will err on the side of caution in his recovery, even though the defenseman said he would like to return to active duty before the end of the current road trip next Wednesday in Los Angeles.
If Todd Bertuzzi scores, the shootout continues, but Niemi makes a great save to win the game 1-0.
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