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A Bounce Back Win For Martin Jones And The San Jose Sharks

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

William Karlsson picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and darted into the Sharks’ end on a 2-on-1 with Reilly Smith. Karlsson put on the breaks, got the puck to his forehand and fed a perfect pass to Smith over the stick of Brenden Dillon.

Martin Jones stretched out his right leg, using every inch of his 6-foot-4 inch frame, to get a toe on the shot, preserving the Sharks’ one-goal lead and maybe his team’s season.

“Totally what we expected. He’s a heck of a goalie,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. “We believe in this guy. We played the right way tonight and it probably started with him and he led the way out.

“We were committed, helped him out a little bit.  He made some great saves, especially that 2-on-1 there after they scored. A game saving save there, and that’s what he’s always done for us, get those key saves.”

After he was pulled in Game 4 after he allowed two goals on seven shots in the first period, Jones finished with 30 saves, and the Sharks came away with a gutsy 5-2 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday in Game 5.

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It’s just one game and the Jackets vs. Lightning series was just one series.

But I wonder what Travis Yost at TSN is going to predict with a blizzard of charts, graphs and overall overanalysis of advanced stats and underlying numbers, trying to compare and extrapolate things that can’t be imposed on the live, wildly complex and intangible experiment that is an actual hockey game.

Columbus almost might as well not even shown up and attempted to match up with an best their opponent.

Martin Jones wasn’t going to play well or stop any even remotely challenging shots - the underlying numbers and advanced stats told us, in advance, that he just wasn’t capable of doing it. Not just: here’s what chances looked like to the extent we can assess and categorize them quantifiably. But: this is what we know he can and cannot do, period. And so he has almost no chance of stopping anything smaller and faster than a beach ball.

Analytics has its role as a complement. But hockey is so complex. Emotions and psychology and focus and determination play such huge roles.

Don’t these smug stats obsessives ever have the humility to question their own sense of certainty?
Or do they just produce another colorful scatterplot and insist they can qualify human emotion and psychology and predict the future?

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/19/19 at 10:50 AM ET

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