by Mike Chen on 09/18/08 at 02:03 PM ET
Are you one of those people that yells “SHOOOOOOOOT!” when the defense holds on to the puck at the point? Well, guess what? While some people may have called you an impatient fan that doesn’t understand the “nuances” of the game, new Sharks coach Todd McLellan says you’re right.
McLellan has the numbers to prove his point. In studying the statistical charts from 2007-08, one number popped out at him: shots taken by defensemen. Detroit, the best team in the league, had more than 800 shots from the blue line. Sharks defensemen took only 536 shots.
“That’s almost a 300-shot difference,” McLellan said. “So we sat down and asked, ‘Why? Did the players have the ability to do it? Well, yeah. Did they get the puck as often? I don’t know. Were they encouraged or discouraged to shoot it? I don’t know.’ This team last year was a great team and well-coached, in my opinion. But that’s what we’re going to stress — getting pucks to the net a little bit more, especially from the blue line, and getting the defense a little more active in the rush.”
What else are you right about? I don’t know what McLellan thinks, but I’m sure he’d agree with you on the following:
-Every injured opposing player is so totally faking it. Get up, you pansy—this isn’t pro wrestling!
-When a home team player gets knocked over, that is, in fact, a penalty. Every time.
-When a home player gets called for hooking or holding, that’s definitely a bull**** call.
-There is absolutely no way, no freakin’ way that that home player was offsides. No way.
-Every goal under review for the visiting team is so obviously not a goal. Especially the ones that completely cross the goal line. No way.
-If the visiting team scores, they must have cheated to do it. Check the hockey pants and gloves for any foreign objects, including brass knuckles, Jeff Jarret’s guitar, Rick Martel’s perfume, or Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ pet snake Damian.
Note: All of these apply to the crazy woman who sits behind me at games. She seriously yells stuff like this on every play. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
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