Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 02/17/12 at 07:00 PM ET
Someone cuts McCarthy’s face. I see red. I try to remember that line so nicely spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, something about “great vengeance and furious anger.” I am incapable of delivering that, even if I am in the mood to do so.
Before I can stuff my temper back in its box, the Lightning score, taking the lead—again. But Vlasic gets a little revenge, ties it up. Then, of all improbable things, White scores a go ahead goal.
I’m dizzy with all the ups and downs of this game.
I review my list: get points, win a lot, stay healthy, pick up a forward… two out of four is not excellent.
Not good, guys.
Before the last game I was worried about some pretty routine things that do tend to happen, just not all at once on the day I talk about them. I suppose that would be different if I were writing a group itinerary, in which case writing things down would presumably be part of why they came to pass. I guess I feel like I wrote a reverse itinerary yesterday, a great big jinx.
“Give as much effort as their last game and keep their heads,” did I say? I can’t tell what’s going on in a hockey player’s head (unless he’s in the group I am writing the itinerary for, in which case I would probably have asked him), but running into each other is a classic symptom of distraction. I might add giveaways and own goals to my list of things that show you are somewhere else, like Niemi was sometimes last night when he wasn’t where he needed to be.
I named Niemi first on my list of badness but all that other stuff I mentioned before, he didn’t do that. It did cross my mind at one point last night that, if Clowe is going to have that much trouble handling the puck, he had might as well go back to wearing a visor. Didn’t bother Wayne Simmonds much last night.
I don’t want to go into the comparison of the Sharks game and the Flyers game that was being played at the same time. That would wind up sounding like a lecture along the lines of “why can’t you be more like your brother(s)?” I won’t do that…unless it happens again.
I can’t attest to effort really, the Sharks did score 5 goals, but they had serious issues at the other end. So no, not really the same effort as they gave against the Caps, unless you mean the last half of the third period against Washington, when the Caps scored their second and third of the night. That stretch might have been a sign of things to come in Tampa Bay.
Murray being injured got some credit for the Sharks’ problems last night. Every game is a new game but I remember them losing two defensemen in a game in Edmonton, and the forwards on that Sharks’ team adapted. Keep it entirely out of your zone and defense is a lot simpler. Four guys can do it. That would be one way to handle Sudden Onset Defensive Amnesia. Same thing works when your goalie up and vanishes.
“Avoid injury,” that was on my wish list for the Sharks. Do I feel safe even guessing whether Murray is expected to return for this trip? No, I don’t. But I can quote someone else: “...he’ll “hopefully” be able to play against the Red Wings on Sunday in Detroit.”
Finally (and I fear I mentioned this first yesterday), Roloson did play better than he has in a long time. He allowed 5 goals but he faced a whole lot more shots than Niemi did (twice as many actually) and he has been playing really badly this season. So kudos to him and drats.
Which is why I would like to try and not say anything remotely predictive about tonight’s game. I don’t even want to talk about where it will be since getting there has already been a problem for the team. I have heard Drew Remenda say again and again that he doesn’t believe in jinxes and he refuses to accept that anything we say about the game has any influence over it. I would like him to clarify this because right now I am more superstitious than I ever was. It is a crazy kind of hubris to think hockey or any gods care what I think or say but there it is. I don’t want to take a chance.
When I first saw the tweet about the trade between the Sharks and the Lightning, I was disappointed because I was hoping the Sharks and the Lightning and the Flyers were up to something bigger and more elaborate, and together. The only trades I really really hope for are between the Sharks and the Flyers, unless it has to do with placing a stray goalie. Once I figured out that the Sharks had a new forward, I hoped… uh uh. No hoping or speculating or guessing for me today.
Oh well. I’ll let someone else guess where Dominic Moore will likely be in the lineup. Kevin Kurz theorized:
Mitchell has been inconsistent, so there’s a good chance Moore takes his place on the wing. Mitchell isn’t a fourth line player, either, so for those of you assuming it’s John McCarthy that comes out, I think McLellan leaves that fourth line of McCarthy, Andrew Desjardins and Brad Winchester together while Mitchell sitting is the more likely scenario. -Sharks Talk
I wonder if it is safe for me to comment on whether or not I like that scenario? Or would [stuff I don’t want to risk writing because of possible consequences of me sharing an opinion on what someone else said might happen, stuff that may or may not involve falling objects and catastrophe]?
So yeah, that’s a theory that someone (not me) came up with. Just now, though, Kurz tweeted that Mitchell will not be out, nor will Handzus.
Wilson might not be aware of it, he probably isn’t, but he’s been stacking his team with fire signs since last season. He’s doubled their number. Dominic Moore (Leo) is the 8th.
I’m having these thoughts about how the Sharks played so far on this trip. They won the second game in the first back to back and lost the first ones. It seems like they play better tired. I guess it’s safe to point that out as long as I don’t use it to speculate about future events.
Drew better be right. I don’t mind cracking up on occasion, I’m used to it. For now, I’ll direct the hockey gods’ attention to Kevin Kurz. He said it, I didn’t.
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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.
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