Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 01/18/12 at 04:30 AM ET
The Sharks game against the Calgary Flames was the last one to end last night. I think it’ unfair to blame them for going to a shoot out. They also had the latest start time and they were not the only game to go to a shoot out.
The Sharks had some tough breaks in the game, some shots they wish they’d scored on, a laughable goalie interference call in OT. The Flames had some of the same, so it was even… until that grossly bad call in OT.
Anyway, the Sharks won.
@FearthefInGame: “Beast mode activated by Brent Burns, who shakes off a defender on the wall before the puck finds Handzus. Torrey Mitchell bangs home rebound”
That’s how they tied it up.
What I found most curious about that play was how many times the Sharks tried to enter the Calgary zone and fell back. Three times? Four? More? And then Burns just grabs the puck and goes charging in there like “what’s the problem here, people? You just go here and here and then here and voila!”
That also begs the question, so what were you waiting for, Mr Burns? I know, it isn’t that simple but he certainly made it look that way.
I find it ironic that today is the SOPA protest blackout. My own little internet blackout happened yesterday. My email server went down, which has not happened in years. That was alarming and confusing. I had no idea what to do about it, aside from mention it on FaceBook, Twitter, and in various voice messages to people I was expecting emails from. It can be difficult to figure out how you communicate when one of the pieces you relied on goes down.
I think the Sharks might be having the same problem. Ryane Clowe being out, as well as Havlat and Desjardins, really punches one last hole in an already unstable system. I hope Clowe is not concussed also, not only because I hate concussions but also it would be nice for one of those three to be not grievously injured right now.
Upon news of Clowe being out, some went back and looked at the hit in Minnesota:
@PollakOnSharks: “Watching #sharks pre-game replay again of Clowe getting checked face-first into glass, would not be shocked if there are concussion issues.”
I can understand doing that, but how much more do we really need to know than he broke his nose? Obviously he did hit his face really hard, how else could he break his nose? As quick as I am to panic and fret, I like to hope he’s just refusing to wear the cage and the training staff has given him an ultimatum: “no cage, no play.”
I do know that is unlikely. I can also imagine that he blamed not being able to see well on the cage when he needed to be thinking concussion symptoms. It reminds me a lot of Pronger complaining that he absolutely could not play with a visor, he could not see anything wearing one, he would do so only under protest… and then it turns out he has much worse problems than visor intolerance.
Let’s hope it is nothing so grave for Clowe.
In the mean time, the Sharks did okay considering their new lineup. McLellan did mix the lines around as the game went on, but I didn’t see anyone bumping into each other either. Drew Remenda commented that the Sharks seemed too tentative in their own zone during the first period, that they looked like they were on a penalty kill when they weren’t. I could see what he meant, but then again Wingels, McGinn and Ferriero were all sort of hopping around the top lines. I’m impressed no one did run into each other.
On the contrary, they managed very well. By the end of the game they were playing like they had their communications systems well in order. They will need everything running well, all available men on hand for Thursday. The Sens, improbable, impossible as it seems, are not only less terrible than last season, they are actually winning a lot of games. I hope McLellan has his lines chosen by then.
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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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