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Todd McLellan is a genius

McLellan is an outside-the-box-fearless genius for solving a problem with the pieces at hand instead of waiting for new ones. That declaration is contingent on him keeping Brent Burns at forward. Failure to continue doing so will trigger revocation of said genius status and an indefinite stay inside the box.

Loved Cranky showing off for his dissenters.  Seriously, all the way down and around the net, with a shot reversed through his legs?  Beautiful.  Makes me want to say something vulgar to the haters.

Back to that big fancy new forward Brent Burns. I've liked that idea more by the minute, but I think my liking is maxed out, I don't know if I can keep liking it more. It might give me an aneurysm or something.

Burns is an unstoppable force. That's great to have on the blue line, but it's what the Sharks need up front so heck with expectations.  I hope he stays there, I hope Hedican will stop talking about how forwards have their brains turned off.

Maybe the Sharks should have all the forwards skate backward during the next few practices. It isn't a matter of turning brains off, but rather giving them a spin or two.

I wish someone would give lower profile guys more press time. They might stop being so low profile. It isn't like they don't all know how to talk to the press. They might surprise, they might charm some fans. Mix it up, people!

Desi seems so chatty, has so much to say to opponents, he must be a character. He shouldn't have to squish someone, fight, and get Muzzin out of the game for a period to get some attention. Wish he'd wear a visor.

Fearless is fine, don't fear the visor.

Looked like Irwin might be injured there for a minute. Good thing Demers is healthy. If course he would be, what with hardly ever playing. Will McLellan de-genius himself, move Burns back to defense, and keep scratching Demers?

Heck, if the Sharks don't want him, maybe the Flyers do. They're hurting on the blue line big time. They could use Demers. So could the Sharks, but they're not, so...

Niemi would have had to tackle Brown in the circle to stop that first goal. A bit sloppy, guys.  The end of the second period looked like my spare room, or the path of a tornado.

Clowe started some damage control with that nice break in, drawing the penalty and giving the Sharks a chance to tidy up. Is he a neat freak? I wonder if he keeps his shoes lined up neatly in the closet. Too bad about that last pass. It's okay, Clowe made the power play, he gets a pass on a bad one. 

Marleau hit someone. It was such a surprise,  the Kings got all agitated. Maybe they forgot he could do that.

Brown with two goals? I guess that's a captain's job. That second one looked a lot like Irwin's. Deadly. Hear that Brown? The Sharks most junior d-man did what you did, in case you didn't see it.

Irwin seems fine. As you were, Demers.

What the...? 4-3? You sneaky bleached-out creepers.

Nice to see Clowe dragging three guys to the goal line, causing such a panic. Burnzie doing the same thing, and getting some help.  The crush of humanity, the chaos!

Where were Carter and Richards? Nice of them to be so polite in The Tank. Such considerate guests.

Niemi was a little busy at the end, put a nice finish on the game. Well done.

Post-game:

Desi deserved a star you stingy dopes.

Burns said he doesn't think his legs can take it? Don't be ridiculous. That's not the skating he was feeling, it was the all the extra bodies in white he was dragging around with him.  If he can unfasten some of them, his legs will be fine.

And Couture was saying it too. Yes, yes, I get it, D-men are supposed to be smarter than forwards. Now stop calling forwards brainless. It's not good for the team's confidence. A lot of them are forwards.

Couture didn't even know what he was saying, he was so happy about his new linemate. Don't take Burnzie away from Coutch, McLellan, we may never see him smile again.

Great game. Seems like a good place to stop.

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  Tags: andrew+desjardins, antti+niemi, brent+burns, douglas+murray, genius, jason+demers, logan+couture, los+angeles+kings, matt+irwin, ryane+clowe, todd+mclellan

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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