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About last night…

So I spent two days running to and from home to the hospital and back again, carrying dogs and dispensing pills to one of those dogs and doing other stuff people can’t do when they’re having a baby, and wondering and worrying and asking wrong questions to doctors and then deciding I should stop speaking before I freak my brother and his wife out in their time of happy panic.  I even forgot to write about the Flyers on Sharks game day and then I spilled makeup on my Sharks jersey.  Maybe the stained jersey can be the memento of the kid’s birthday in lieu of a nice win from the Sharks.

So that’s all over, at least the part that is the most dangerous thing a person can do that isn’t considered a medical disorder or suicidal.  About the time Jack was being born, Pickles and Nemo were collaborating to score the game’s first goal.  It’s okay to call him Pickles if you’re mad at him, right Clowe?  Do we have a special name for Nemo?  Come on guys, I’m trying to train a little fan here!

Did little Jack pick the wrong team?  He started thinking about coming out on a Flyers’ game day, but that game went so sideways he changed his mind.  Sure, they won, but they went about it all bassackwards.  Jack’s first life lesson: go with the bird in the hand, don’t count on the next one to be better.  Bet his mom wishes he’d known that sooner.

Where are the positives here?  I mean from a hockey fan’s point of view… obviously Game 2 was a reasonable sacrifice for a healthy mom and baby.

When the Sharks played well they really did play well.  They started out very strong.  When they played badly, boy oh boy did they stink it up.  So that’s good.  Better to lose by playing badly than by playing well… I guess.

Whatever my impression of the game, as witnessed over the radio and later on tv, it sounds like it was more even than it looked:

While the Sharks spent the majority of the first period in the offensive zone, they ended up only tying the Blues in EV chances in that frame and were outchanced overall. Similarly, although St. Louis dominated possession for much of the second period they were only able to earn a 6-5 edge in chances at evens and were outchanced 7-6 by the Sharks when considering special teams.  -Fear the Fin

That is reassuring, but if these scoring chances don’t start turning into goals and wins I’m going to disregard scoring chance studies much the way I disregard shots on goal counts.  Not at all reassuring is this likely possibility, neatly summarized by Ivan Makarov:

Ivan Makarov ‏ @IvanoSJ: “Pavelski, Thornton, Marleau has 0 points in the first two games. #huskinsclinic”

Um, Sharks?  Get on that please.  Also on the To Do list for next game:

Darin Stephens ‏ @SharksStats: “As pointed out by @expo1310, Sharks penalty minutes in tonight’s game increased to 64 during my walk back to the hotel.”

Here’s what was determined while Darin was walking back to the hotel:

I was happy to hear the comments in the CSN post-game about all that fighting.  Obviously it isn’t a new idea, that certain players (like Pavelski, like Braun) should not fight because you don’t want them getting hurt and made unavailable for later games.  Ignore that it would be nice if no one got hurt this way, the logic still breaks down after that.  If you have guys you don’t mind seeing hurt (again, I do mind seeing people hurt, period) then maybe you don’t need those guys on the ice at all, if they are so dispensable.  How can you justify it, with all the talk about needing scoring depth in your lineup?  You cannot spare a spot on the bench for someone who is only there to get hurt.

Even though I hate seeing people punched in the face, I am not a complete softy.  Pavelski was very chatty post-game, when asked about the plethora of confrontations.  I am sure I heard him say it was fun.  This nice picture from the Mercury News backs that up:

He talked about how the team wanted to make some kind of statement, get some energy and confidence going for the next game.  Yeah, okay, bullshit. How about you save that energy for later, or, better still, have already used it with some discipline earlier in the game so you didn’t fall behind in a way that left you grasping for ways to express your frustration?  I know you are bound to lose some games, but I don’t see how smashing your hand against someone’s head, successfully or not, is going to help you prepare for the next one.  It’s nothing more than a tantrum.

Exhibit B, from somewhat earlier in the game:

I’m not sure which Sharks penalty there is more stupid.  I think the Sharks are lucky that Burns wasn’t made unavailable by Shanahan.  I don’t care if he if he made contact or not, missed by accident or on purpose with that elbow.  If you even wave your elbow at someone’s head you risk getting the wrong kind of attention from the NHL.  As for the picture of Pavelski and Marleau in the box together… smh.

It appears that Jaroslav Halak was among the game’s casualties.  According to one lonely tweet in French, that may have started in Game 1:

Renaud P Lavoie ‏ @RenLavoieRDS: “C’est la 2e fois en autant de matchs que Jaroslav Halak se blesse à la jambe gauche.”

(“That’s the 2nd time in as many games that Halak hurt his left leg.”)  Thanks for the injury details, Ren!  I’m sorry to see Halak knocked out, especially since it doesn’t even mean the Blues are without a skilled goalie.  There really isn’t any upside to it, except that it wasn’t a concussion.

I hope they all got that out of their system.  Tomorrow is another day, another game.  I’ll try to write something about the Flyers in the morning, hopefully something happy from today’s game.  That seemed to help in playoffs past, and so far it’s 1-0 this time around.

In other news:

John McCarthy was named the Worcester Sharks’ MVP.  That makes me happy.  I imagine we will see him in San Jose soon.

A couple of days ago, the Sharks signed their 6th round 2010 draft pick, Konrad Abeltshauser.

Nick Petrecki received the Yanick Dupré Memorial Award.

The Worcester Sharks will play their last game of the season today, starting noon PDT.  Yesterday they lost to the Adirondack Phantoms, thanks in part to Tye McGinn and Michael Leighton.  Today they’re playing the Hershey Bears.  I am sorry for that, that they’re facing the Bears and also that their season is over.  On the other hand, this will provide more options if the Sharks plan to get any more noses broken.

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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