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Petshark: Talking Stick


That tweeted reaction to Wednesday’s win courtesy of the tweeter known as @TeamNiemiClowe.  I may have left out some exclamation points.  I try to stay positive, I wish I had the cheerleader mentality some have attributed to me, but when I saw that tweet I thought “really?  Has it come to this?  Shouldn’t beating the Ducks be less of a big deal?”  I am in the clutches of the dark side, the angry CB cackling in my head.  During the game, I took it out on the number three:

Numbers more important than 3:

  • First two goals scored by #10.
  • First period ended with score at 1-0, which neither contains nor is divisible by three.
  • 2 Sharks goals scored 22 seconds apart, by guys with names that start with B and have 4 letters: Brad and Benn.  There’s no “b” in three.

Ominous threes:

  • Ducks only had 3 shots on goal in the first, but they still scored first.
  • Number 3 took a penalty in the third, giving the Ducks a good long delayed penalty on top of a power play.

I’m really starting to hate numbers.

Instead of giving up a goal, the post and some nice defense kill off Number Three’s penalty.  Then the Joes, whose numbers have no threes, get the Sharks’ third goal.

Please, Sharks, may I have another?

As soon as I think that, I worry that I have made an error.  Sitting here on the floor, because I have given the couch to both dogs, I think it is wrong to be greedy.  But there is so much time left,  I want them to run away with this game.  They have three losses to make amends for.

The third period was not the Sharks’ best.  They scored their third goal but took two of their three penalties and were outshot 16-7.

Sometimes being greedy isn’t so bad.  Sometimes being impatient isn’t a terrible thing.  Sometimes kicking and screaming really is the answer.

I wonder what the tone was in the dressing room after that first period?  More shouting?  Did they need to do that?  Were they very angry?

They shot the heck out of the Ducks in that first period.  Sure, it’s a predictable scenario, the old “player coming out of the box, getting a jump on everyone, ending with a goal against after a failed power play.”  Still, the Ducks only had THREE shots in that first period.  I don’t know how mad the Sharks were about that first goal against, but I was very cranky.

Should we be worried about Demers?  He got bumped pretty good there, in period number three:

@PollakOnSharks: “#Sjsharks Demers says he’s fine after being boarded by Ryan late in 3rd. Stopped short of saying it was dirty, felt the refs got it right.”

Since we can’t get his medical records or run down there and examine him ourselves, we’ll have to take his word for it tonight.  It might help to know that Demers was born in the Year of the Dragon, like Boyle and McGinn.  It’s no bullet-proof hide, but it does bode well for recovery times and good luck.  I’ll still keep my fingers crossed.  I don’t think that is contraindicated.

Watching Shanahan’s video about Bourque, I see a replay of his last suspension and think it looks an awful lot like what we just saw Ryan do to Demers.  Hm.

Alas, no fourth goal was to be, even though the Sharks got a late power play. Maybe later, maybe tomorrow we will see more than three Sharks goals.  I would even settle for winning by three.

Or maybe I’ll just keep railing against the number three.  I don’t like to change my routine when things are going well.

Some random TOI notes:

Five players got more penalty kill time than Boyle, but he made it over the five minute mark in power play time.  I’m sure that’s more fun.  The nifty save that he made on that puck that slipped by Niemi is a good indication that all is well with 22.  That’s kind of exciting.

Desjardins got as much time as Couture on the pk, both had more time than Handzus.  Even though there were only the two full penalties to kill, the Sharks got them all killed.

Pavelski, Marleau, Burns, and Couture had high minutes on both the penalty kill and the power play.  That’s not new.

Also not exactly new is a third line of McGinn, Desjardins and Winchester.  McGinn and Desjardins skated well together, albeit briefly, in the last playoffs.  I don’t know if that’s the general consensus, but I liked them together then.  A lot has changed since, I believe for the better in both players.  I can’t say I’m 100% sold on splitting up Handzus and McGinn, but maybe McGinn is ready for it.

I wonder if tomorrow we will finally see one of the other goalies start?  It seems like time to give one a try, just to mix things up.

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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