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Once more, with feeling

Todd McLellan says he doesn’t think booing is a good motivational tool, but he’ll take it if it works.  I agree.  I prefer a stern silence, but any help is welcome.  The Sharks did get booed Thursday night.  Even though they won, there were still holes in their game big enough to boo.

In a few minutes, Nitty will start for the Worcester Sharks against the Albany Devils.  I guess the Sharks’ goalie glut is upon us.

I didn’t feel at all like booing the Sharks Thursday.  Sure, I would have preferred a more complete win, without all that falling behind nonsense.  I would have preferred they beat a team that was not green, was less tired, and was playing better.  I would have preferred fewer penalties, and maybe a pk that could survive without Marleau.  But it was a win and I’m happy for it.

Next game, they face a similar opponent: young, fast, in a bit of a muddle.  I think the Oilers are more dangerous than the Avs.  They have some up and comers who are playing like up and comers- erratic but with scary good streaks.  Is that a good thing?  Did this 5 goal win, 3 goals in the third, give the team enough confidence to start acting like the big dog again?

@KKurzCSN: Couture: “Right now we’re a fragile hockey team. We need the confidence, and I think this third period will go a long way.”

Now that doesn’t sound very big dog.  Is that why no one kicks them in the rear?  They might break?  Or is it because that can get you charged with battery?  Food for thought.  In the mean time, going out and taking the Oilers’ toys and cookies away from them might be just the thing to make the Sharks feel like alphas again.

Does Boyle seem to be on the mend now?  “On the mend?”  Oh, right, he says (without making an excuse out of it) that he’s had some injury problems this season.  Uh huh.  Maybe that’s why Mr. Irwin has been hanging around.  Maybe not.  Maybe someone else is on the brink. In any case, did no one tell Dan Boyle that this is the START of the season, not the END, not the time to play through injuries?  Boyle, Boyle, Boyle.

Maybe, just maybe those injuries are why it took him so long to chop up his sticks.  Watching some of those games a couple weeks ago, heck, I don’t know why he didn’t smash them to pieces.  I know, that would be inappropriate during a game, or even in the locker room.  But surely, taking them out to the back of the parking lot and breaking them over a curb would be okay, wouldn’t it?  It is therapeutic to destroy inanimate objects that offend you, even if you don’t realize that maybe they are actually to blame for your misery.

In any case, he’s playing better, feeling better.  Thank heavens.

As for Thornton, some have wondered why Torrey Mitchell is playing with him.  McLellan acknowledges it might not be ideal, but he has his reasons:

“Torrey doesn’t shoot it like some of our other players do, but Pav does. So Pav’s got to be the positional guy, Torrey’s got to do some work, Jumbo’s the passer – the combination is there. Is it ideal? Probably not. but it is what it is for now. I think Mitchy’s played pretty well. He’s created turnovers and he’s done his part on that line.” -Working the Corners

See? Like them or not, those are reasons.

So the Sharks broke up what was starting to look like a really ugly losing streak with a win that was a little bit luck, a little bit last minute scramble, a lot less terrible.  This is a good sign.  Against Edmonton, McLellan is likely to leave the lines as they have been for two games now.  After a lot of changes over the least ten games, he seems to be letting things percolate. Maybe repetition is the key to getting the team in harmony.

Once more, with feeling.

Go Sharks!

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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