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Remember the 3rd, Sharks, remember the 3rd!

Tonight the Sharks play the Coyotes.  Greiss will be in net. Wow.  I mean yay! and also wow.  Maybe the Coyotes games will be Greiss’ games this season?

The Coyotes are in 8th place in the Western Conference right now.  That’s four spots behind the Sharks but only two points behind.  I could say the Coyotes are nipping at the Sharks’ heels but sharks don’t have feet.

I don’t think many people thought Mike Smith was a great replacement for Ilya Bryzgalov, but considering Bryz was given the elite streets of gold treatment last Summer, I don’t think replacing him was ever in the cards for the Coyotes.  But I also think a lot of people underestimate Smith.  He made a pretty good showing in the playoffs for Tampa Bay.  Combined with the Yotes’ tendency to show up and work hard, Smith and company might be one of those teams you have to be very careful not to take for granted, even if your last meeting was a blow-out in your favor.  Remember the 3rd, Sharks, remember the 3rd!

The third period was when the Coyotes started to chip away at that crazy lead in the Sharks’ home opener, the third was when Minny broke Nemo’s shutout bid last night.  So even if things seem to be in order, going the way we all know they should go, do not forget to finish the job.

I had the genius idea that I could write about the last Sharks game in the waiting room at the hospital while my mother had some scheduled but still highly stressful surgery.  I felt a little like a horrible person for going to the game the night before, but I still got to the hospital at 5:30 in the morning to see her before the surgery.  In that respect, going to the game was sort of a problem because it meant being up late and up early.  But it was a great distraction.

The hospital provided a sporadic but functional wireless connection, and I had my laptop all charged so there really was no reason I could not write, except for the unexpected (because I hardly ever expect the expected) fit of narcolepsy that I suffered because, hey, Mom was having scary surgery.  Maybe it wasn’t narcolepsy. Maybe it was the not sleeping the night before.  Once the surgery was completed and Mom appeared to be okay, I was sure I would be able to think clearly and get back to my little life schedule.  Again, I never anticipate the completely predictable, like needing to sleep for 15 hours, not in a waiting room chair.

Oh well.  The Sharks won.  Mitchell won tacos for all, all with the presence of mind to realize it was now 2 minute tacos in time to follow the texting message that flashed up on the screen when he scored.

When the camera showed Seto to the crowd, he got 100% applause.  I was a little disappointed that Heater got about 50% boos, but what did I expect?  He got booed as a Shark why not as one of the Wild?  Staubitz, who seems only to be noticed as an ex-Shark now that he is one of three, got applause.  That was nice.

Sharks broke Minny’s penalty kill streak, then they broke their winning streak and somewhere along the way they broke one of their top line wingers as well.  Sorry, Minny.  Sorry, Mr. Latendresse.  Get well, even if soon is too much to ask for.  The Minny folks said maybe it wasn’t the hit by Murray, or not only that.  They said maybe it was a hit during the Tuesday game, which set something up that was set off later. Minny is going to have to do a hell of a lot better in this department before I stop assuming it is the very worst place in the world to suffer a head injury.  At least no one called it a sinus infection.

I had a sinus infection that acted like a brain problem once.  I started to lose vision in one eye and I had a screaming painful headache.  Because of the losing vision thing, I went right to the eye doctor.  I told him that this had started very like a sinus infection, and I wondered if it could be a really bad case.  He said maybe, but with symptoms like this, 47% of the time it was an early sign of MS.  Off to the picture-taking machine I went so they could look for brain lesions.  After many fits of inappropriate sleeping it was determined that I had a sinus infection.

So that was stressful.  I bring it up because I understand how sinus problems can be mistaken for brain damage, but really it is better to assume the worst and act accordingly.  It is not cool to do it the other way around.  That’s why Minny is on my shit list for player care and they will have to do a lot of things right before I stop being suspicious of them.

In other news, Frazer McLaren has been sent to Worcester on a conditioning assignment.  I don’t know what to make of that, except that it’s a sign of movement in the injured Sharks ward.

Of the blue line situation, McLellan said he is happy to have some competition there:

“It’s something we wanted,” McLellan said of Braun essentially taking away Jason Demers’ spot after starting the year in Worcester. “Just like Logan did last year, we wanted somebody to come in and take jobs and steal time away and put pressure. That push from the bottom up, is so valuable. It keeps everybody honest.” -Working the Corners

In theory, I agree, but I would like to see more competition on the other side of the blue line.  I still don’t buy that Demers is the problem at all.  I would be immensely grateful to anyone who could explain to me why White is so much better than Vandermeer, not that I think Vandermeer is the answer to all questions either but I’m getting impatient with White and his penalties.  With Vlasic and Burns split up, I feel like White is gumming up the works.

Of course I’m thrilled that Braun is getting so much time and doing so well for the team.  It’s a long season, lots can happen and I’m sure Demers will be back.  It feels weird to have such a young player who got so much playing time last season sitting on the sidelines now, but he is only one, just one extra offensive D-man.  So it isn’t like like he has to go for taking up space.

Of Vlasic, I was really happy to see this comment from Michael Russo:

@Russostrib: “Man, Vlasic is one safe, smart dman”

I just like having our guys noticed by out of towners.  Like whoeever it was on tv who singled Douglas Murray out as an exceptional asset on defense.  That was nice, but I forget who said it.  Murray’s role isn’t a flashy one, he may not make the All Star list any time soon but that’s not his fault.

Speaking of which, 5 Sharks did make that list: Boyle, Burns, Thornton,  Marleau, and Pavelski.  Some complained that Couture did not make the cut, but I figure the NHL just can’t bring themselves to overload the list with more than five Sharks.  Or something like that.  I am already bored with the All Star thing.  I’m sure it’s really important to something but I just see it as an unwelcome interruption to the hockey season.

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Get well soon petshark’s mum. :D

I keep forgetting that Dany Heatley is in Minnesota. For a player of his calibre he really is hard to keep track of.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 11/12/11 at 07:01 PM ET

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Thanks. I guess I should be a little cranky that Heatley seems to be playing well for Minny but I can’t be upset about it, and folks sort of expected him to, at least this season.

Posted by petshark from Nor Cal, and on Twitter @petshark47 on 11/12/11 at 10:45 PM ET

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I meant thanks about well-wishes for Mom. Seems to be doing fine but apparently my brain is still sketchy.

Posted by petshark from Nor Cal, and on Twitter @petshark47 on 11/12/11 at 10:47 PM ET

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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