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Red Card: Sharks @ Stars

I don’t know exactly what a red card is but I suspect it has to do with misbehaving in a soccer game.  So I think it’s kind of ironic that I watched the Sharks @ Stars game at a sports bar called Red Card. I usually lean toward older, danker places where the wood (there’s got to be lots of wood) was steeped for years in cigar smoke and the leather upholstery is a bit alive with the scent of many bodies.

Red Card isn’t like that.  It’s got shiny metal highlights and a lit bar that changes colors. It also has exposed brick walls and black and red leather upholstery. You know it’s a pub, even if the chairs and bar stools are of a distinctly modern design.  It also has a bunch of satellite feeds so it gets pretty much any sports event you need to see.

I order soup and beer and watch the Sharks game begin.

The Sharks get an early power play when someone holds onto Clowe. It was partly a bear hug but not the kind that could improve player safety.  It was just a plain old clinging “don’t leave me!” kind of move.

Nemo looks awesome early.  He really seems a lot quicker and more confident.  McLellan’s faith is paying off.

The Stars start to get a little frantic after the Sharks score.  The game picks up and I have a feeling there will be more goals tonight.

Happy to see Demers back. It seems risky and also sensible of McLellan to give Demers playing time to improve.  It’s also fair considering that seems to be the rule of the day, to give (some) players ample opportunity to prove or redeem themselves.

I see Vandy in there too.  Good, good. That might even help Demers as well as keeping Vandy tuned.

I haven’t seen Burnzie’s deadly earnest game face in a while.  I see him smiling a lot.  Sure, what’s not to smile about?  But I wonder if it means anything.

Also showing, since I’m documenting my visit to Red Card: UFC, a college football game (USC/Oregon), and the Caps @ Leafs game.  UFC is on 12 screens, the others get one apiece. I guess this UFC event is a big deal.

I desperately want to go on Twitter but not at $2.05/mb. I don’t know how much data Twitter uses but if I go online for Twitter I may wander elsewhere and who knows where that will end.

Couture scores and appears very pleased.  Good, more goals are needed.

The guys next to me are watching the football game.  They only notice the hockey game when Vandermeer’s fight breaks out.  One explains to the other that the players go to jail for three minutes after a fight.  I think they are Americans.  I hold up five fingers and say “five…” but they are not listening.  They are yelling at the football game.  They are having a good time.

Then Ginner fights and Winchester scores.  Okay, I get it, I am starting to see what Winchester can bring to the table.  I still miss McCarthy.

Dallas has now gone almost 148 minutes without a goal.  They must be anxious.

Raycroft has his hands full.

Then, half way through the second, the Sharks look like they’re on a penalty kill. No idea what’s wrong. Maybe it’s a delayed penalty? No other reason to be so discombulated.

Indeed it is a delayed penalty.  Ott quickly evens it up to make it 4 on 4 but now Clowe is off to the dressing room. Wth is going on here?  The very loud audio of the UFC event does nothing to clarify.

4 on 4 continues. I see Handzus and McGinn and Vandy and Demers out there for a shift. Interesting choice.

Nothing much comes of that.  Towards the end of the second, the Sharks get another power play after Ribiero grabs Paddy by his head and twists him off his feet, almost the way you would bulldog a steer.  He does not leap on Paddy and pull his head backwards, no.  But it is the same application of leverage to the head.  It is highly inappropriate.

Zus looks very serene out there during the resulting power play.  Come to think of it, he always seems kind of Zen meditation calm.

I have to return to the hotel after the second period to get ready for a thing.  I pay my bill, bolt out the door and make it to my room just in time to see McGinn’s goal from Zus.

So far this is a very good night.

Moments later, Ribiero busts Nemo’s shutout and the Stars’ goal drought of 190 some minutes. Yuck.

The Sharks give up too many chances in the second half of the third.  I worry that this bodes ill but my worry comes to naught.  Some interesting things happen after I leave to go to the 7:30 thing.  I saw some mention of a 3 on 3 and diving.

If the wireless connection worked in the conference room area I would probably have taken the game with me but it doesn’t so I didn’t.

I wasn’t really worried that the Sharks would give up a three goal lead in under four minutes.  I guess that means I think fans can trust them to not do things like that.

Winning a game that completely is always good, but there were a couple of things that are still a little concerning.  Like the second line not partaking of the scoring glut.  That’s not alarming, just notable.

More importantly, who’s on the penalty kill?  Vandermeer got some time in there, but the heavy minutes still went to Vlasic, Burns, Pavelski, Thornton, Boyle, Handzus and Marleau.  A few of those names could benefit from not being on that list.

I can’t even guess at who should be doing that job.  Right now I can’t even remember who McLellan tried on the pk to start the season.  I do know the pk sucked.  The Sharks’ pk hasn’t exactly improved all of a sudden.  It’s just that the new pk has been chucked, returned to the manufacturer, pushed aside.  Now they’re using the old pk, like when your new truck gets stuck and you’re really glad you didn’t trade in the old one because now you’re using it to pull the new one out of the mud.

I hope someone’s busy at the drawing board or in the fixit shop getting the new one working because it doesn’t seem like a good idea to drive this one all season again.

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  Tags: antti+niemi, brad+winchester, brent+burns, jamie+mcginn, jason+demers, jim+vandermeer, red+card, ryane+clowe, todd+mclellan, travel

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About Petshark: Talking Stick

Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at talkingstick@petshark.net