Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 04/07/12 at 01:30 AM ET
Here’s another interesting word: doubt. Nowadays it means “I don’t think it will happen but I’m not sure.” It used to mean “I think it will happen but I’m not sure.” It’s a subtle difference but it’s noteworthy.
Tickets for the Sharks’ first round of the playoffs go on sale tomorrow morning, though the dates of those games have yet to be announced. I guess everyone has a general idea, give or take a day. The tickets will be on sale Saturday at 10:00 am, online at Ticketmaster (Game A, Game B) or from the HP ticket office using a wristband procedure detailed here.
I wouldn’t say I doubted that the Sharks would make it into the playoffs (by either definition) but I certainly didn’t have faith that they would. I can’t say what the Sharks’ frame of mind was, surely they must have had some faith. But prior to the game, the Sharks were certainly not expecting any help from outside sources:
David Pollak @PollakOnSharks: “McLellan says #sjsharks have to assume DAL and COL will win out. “We as a group have to assume we need to take care of our own business.”“
That’s always a good policy, there’s some old saying about those who help themselves, right? As if on cue, the very things that could happen, things out of the Sharks’ control, those things they could not count on, those things did happen. Colorado and Dallas both lost in regulation. After all that fretting, outside events determined the outcome.
I guess the next topic of speculation is who the Sharks will face in the first round. Somehow that doesn’t have the punch of whether or not they would be in the first round. It will probably be someone the team has not had a lot of luck against this season, the Canucks or the Blues. I say probably because they are two teams, and the Blackhawks only one, so the odds of landing in one of two spots are always better than landing in one of one. Also tipping the odds are the Coyotes, who do not seem prepared to give up on the 3rd seed.
More fun than that guessing game is Clowe’s scandalous play from the bench. I think Thornton made the best comment about it:
David Pollak @PollakOnSharks: “That said and able to laugh about it now, #Sjsharks Thornton calls that “the play of the season” as it’s something he’d never seen before.”
He just always has to say something to get people going, doesn’t he? I thought Clowe’s completely stupid and unacceptable prank-against-all-that-is-good-and-right-in-hockey was hilarious. It was not dangerous, and it was very in keeping with the helter-skelter chaos that took over the game not long after we all learned that both teams had made the playoffs. Did that have anything to do with it? I don’t know. The hit that took Mitchell out of the game came some time before that. Thornton’s fight came before that. I blame the full moon. It looked full to me anyway.
Today the second line was not on the ice. It was an optional skate but I was surprised that a whole line would go missing that way, or that Clowe, Havlat and Couture would all decide together to work out instead of skating. It’s nice that they are so in sync.
The orange jerseys were redistributed. Mitchell and Pavelski did not skate either but that doesn’t account for why Desjardins and Wingels were in orange (5th line color) with Handzus, while Winchester was in teal (lower 6 color) and Ferriero was in white (top 6 color). Maybe McLellan feels this last regular season game could be a good chance to get some guys back in the game. All that talk of keeping things the same since they were working, maybe that changes now that the team is in?
Which makes me wonder if Douglas Murray will play tomorrow. He stayed out kind of late with the usual scratches, but many players only skated for about 20 minutes, so “late” was not very late. That was a long game last night.
I don’t know about the Sharks, but I’m still in shock that they made it. I guess that means I really did doubt in the modern sense. Shame on me.
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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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