Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 04/05/12 at 04:00 PM ET
According to David Pollak and Brodie Brazil, Douglas Murray won’t play tonight. According to Kevin Kurz, the Sharks’ lines will remain the same as the last game, leaving Ferriero, Handzus, Vandermeer and Winchester out. A prior tweet from Kurz says Jeff Carter will be out for the Kings.
Some time back, Randy or Drew mentioned Highlander during a game without saying the obvious thing, the thing you say when you mention Highlander: “There can be only one.” No, I think he said something about the quickening. I don’t think it was a game against the Kings but a discussion of Jonathan Quick is the obvious next step.
Does Quick get stronger with every team he beats? There is every reason to suppose he does, like any hockey player, gain confidence with each win. That powerful confidence boost comes even if it’s a lucky bounce of a win, like a random shard of glass coming down and chopping off the K’immie’s head. (For the uninitiated, that’s an evil Immie, stemming from the fact that most evil immortals had names starting with a “k” sound, as in “King.”) That’s why you thank the post that helped out. You are glad for the win no matter how you get it.
Everyone gains strength from victory, even if there’s no electrical storm and suggestive contortions to mark the occasion. Well, the latter sometimes show up in goal celebrations but goalies hardly ever get to do that. I guess Tampa Bay has been working on the electrical storm thing.
I remember watching Highlander—the movies, the series, all of it. They are making a new one because, as fans know, the original was not as good as we thought it was, and the sequels were all shockingly bad considering what a cool premise they had there. The tv show was the only part of it that even tried to respect plot continuity, but it couldn’t figure out how to make a decent movie either. I’m sure that wasn’t the pitch they made to the producers but we know that’s what’s going on.
I watched a whole lot of that story before I ever stopped to ask “why?” Not “why do I watch this stuff, how can I see past the production problems, the plot holes, some of the worst dialogue in movie making history…” No, not why that. I mean “why can there be only one? Hasn’t anyone ever thought to hell with this, I’m going to find my best Immie buddies and go hide on an island somewhere while these crazy people kill each other off.” Nobody ever knew what the big prize was anyway. The best the writers could come up with was mortality and death. Yeah, that’s special. Nobody else has that.
The Kings and the Sharks could both make it into the post-season. They could even help each other out but that would be cheating. All teams and players are presumed to share a single objective: defeat your opponent.
By now everyone has probably read all the ways the Sharks can assure themselves a place in the post-season, who can get an OT win, who needs to lose in regulation, how many points the Sharks have to get in regulation or OT. If not, go read at least one of them: @Fear the Fin, @Working the Corners, @Sharks Talk.
I like to boil things down whenever possible and I think I have the key here: the Sharks really should win. Winning twice would be a nice bonus but a win shrinks the list of hazardous ifs considerably. If they do not win tonight, Saturday’s game becomes a frantic scramble instead of a nice option.
We know Jonathan Quick can be beaten, the same way any goalie can be beaten. Get in his eyes, get traffic to the net (but not too much…) shoot at him a lot. Well, not at him. If you hit him you are less likely to score unless there’s someone there to catch the rebound, which you can’t really count on him allowing. Yesterday both of the Sharks’ minor league affiliates won their games, out-shooting their opponents along the way. Like the NHL Sharks, the AHL Sharks tend to shoot a lot anyway. It guarantees nothing. But you can’t score if you don’t shoot… usually.
The Kings have been getting better at this too. Unlike the Sharks, they didn’t have a high-scoring reputation to lose this season, but whatever came before, they have sorted it out and are not the team the Sharks beat handily early in the season.
As a fan, I would not mind having the Kings in the playoffs with the Sharks. If I have to choose, I would sacrifice Richards’ team over Team Teal, but I would still be sorry about it, like everyone was when Duncan killed his protege, Richie, by accident.
The thing is, no matter how many times a team wins, they can still be knocked off by a “weaker” or less confident team. Alliances, relying on someone else to do something to help you (like win or lose some other game you’re not in) is a bad plan. (See Richie’s fate.) The strongest do not always prevail, what with flukey bounces and falling shards of glass. What you did yesterday, who you beat, how many you defeated, none of that matters today as you step out there and someone declares “There can be only one.”
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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.
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