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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.

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Too familiar by half

The pre-game transaction news gave me more to think about than yesterday's game, and it wasn't unexpected news at all:  Burns activated, Irwin reassigned, Petrecki waived.  All this was bound to happen.  As for the game, I couldn't decide whether the Sharks were all playing with flu symptoms, or if Tippett's Coyotes and McLellan's Sharks are way too familiar with each other.

They say that familiarity breeds contempt.  Contempt seems like a waste of perfectly good scouting reports, but it might have been more entertaining than yesterday's stalemate.   The game felt lost even before the shootout started.

But that's crazy, if they are so familiar with each other, wouldn't they be able to anticipate each other's moves, and compensate accordingly?  Yep.  And if they were both doing that, I think it would look exactly the way it looked, like a choreographed, scoreless skate.

@SharksStats: Today was the 2nd 1-0 shootout loss in Sharks history. Nabokov was the losing goalie in the other instance, Oct. 12, 2009, also vs Phoenix.

There's that.

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The Sharks’ missing Ds

The Sharks were missing a couple of Ds last night.  Both Jason Demers and Andrew Desjardins missed all or part of the game for no good reason.  Is it any surprise then, that the team allowed more goals against than they had all season?  The NHL rescinded the match penalty against Andrew Desjardins the same night.  I'm sure the Blues know how much not better that made the Sharks feel.  It reminds me of a joke about a farmer, his new bride, and a cow:  that's two.*

“That doesn’t help a team that’s played a lot of hockey, needed that player and should have been on the power play for four minutes,” said an upset Todd McLellan... -Working the Corners

I beg to differ on the last point.  In this case, saying that a power play would help the Sharks is not very accurate.  I keep expecting the law of averages or some such normalizing factor to kick in, but the Sharks' power play failure streak is becoming as noteworthy as their penalty killing streak.  So on that point I wouldn't have expected much from a power play, four minutes or other.

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It looks like the Ducks, it sounds like the Pond…

I'd really have to see them walk to be sure.  These don't seem like the Ducks we all knew, didn't like, and that the Sharks could usually beat back in the day.   Last season was one thing.  The Ducks beating the Sharks so often seemed like one of many very strange happenings in a very bad season.  But this season?  What do the Ducks know that the Sharks don't?

The Ducks blocked 24 shots to the Sharks 15. Maybe this game was about slowing the future Ducks down since they obviously have San Jose's number.  Hitting them with a lot of shots is one way to do that.  Another stat that was kind of interesting was that the Ducks out-hit the Sharks 23-19, and out-shot them 32-26.  Doesn't the team without the puck usually hit the most?  So the Sharks had the puck, and didn't shoot it?   I guess if you count the blocked shots in there it isn't so bad.

Couture scored the only Sharks goal.  That wasn't so unusual, but to have the assists go to Andrew Desjardins from fourth line, and Tommy Wingels from the third, that was kind of cool and unlikely.  I guess that's what happens to the lines when Clowe gets sent away for nearly a third of the game.

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Pre-game notes, Ducks @ Sharks 1/29/13

The reports about Jason Demers and Brent Burns should be considered positive developments.  The reports I mean are things like:

Jason Demers practiced with the team and took line rushes with Matt Irwin this morning while Nick Petrecki and Brent Burns skated together. Still, McLellan stopped short of declaring Demers good-to-go. -Working the Corners

Even if Demers isn't expected to play tonight, he  isn't far off.  With him available to play, the team will have choices to make but they are good choices.  Like sitting Sheppard to make room for Gomez, it is more a wealth of riches than a shortage of options.  

Brent Burns, while probably not as close to playing as Demers, also showed visible improvement.  His merely being in the practice tells us that.  Still, what he told David Pollak doesn't inspire confidence:

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The checklist: things to track while your team is just winning

The Sharks appear to be working from a checklist.  Obviously scoring in the first period is on that list.  They have done that ever since that disappointing game in Calgary.    Also, power play goals are important, their power play lacked some shock and awe last season.   Needed to fix that.

Patrick Marleau had his two-goals-a-game objective.  Perhaps that was drawing too much public attention away from the team, so he skipped it last night.  Making NHL history would be way too high profile for such a modest guy.  Still, it was clear that the Sharks wanted to get that 2nd goal for Marleau, because historic records are fun to hold.  Too bad they were so worn out from back to back games.  

Who were they playing against last night?  I thought I heard it was some team that had a winning streak at HP Pavilion to defend.  Does it even matter who the Sharks play anymore?

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Where are the Sharks now?  A ten game arc

Today we learned that Owen Nolan is making an announcement about his career on Tuesday.  The Sharks will give him a forum at HP for the press conference but Brodie Brazil has already said it will be a retirement announcement.  Thank goodness Brazil cleared that up. No one could have guessed that. Then Darren Dreger congratulated Nolan on Twitter using a tweet and not even an @ message or a DM.  I’ll go ahead and save the congrats until Nolan has a chance to speak for himself.  But I’m not a news hound.

Niemi is feeling better, so Sexsmith has been sent back to Worcester.  Not sure what they’ll do with Nitty now.  He didn’t play today, although he was sent there to, you know, play.  Whatev.  It’s one loss not on his record.

Last night I wrote down several impressions of the Sharks game against Dallas.  I decided that, since they were not playing today, I would finish it in the morning.  I woke up and was completely sick of hockey. This has never happened before.  Well, it may have happened a decade ago, I don’t remember.  It took me so much by surprise that I didn’t know what it meant.  But the Sharks won!  And without any fighting! What is WRONG with me?

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One (?) singular sensation

Tonight the Sharks face the Ottawa Senators for the one and only time this season.  Ottawa’s team has been, yes, I know, this is bad… sensational.  But they have been.  Merriam Webster defines sensational as “exceedingly or unexpectedly excellent or great.”  With so many players who are either oft injured, old or very young, the team was not expected to do so well this season.  Here are some comments from back in October about the Sens’ prospects for this season:

In the final pre-season, we caught a glimpse of the future.

Plucky upstart roster squeaks win thanks to stellar goaltending.  You could have turned off the lights in the Gardens, and the combined gleaming grins of Sens management would have kept the building well-lit.  The win was a paint by numbers Picasso, nothing beautiful, but as close as possible to the real thing as could be expected from a squad of mostly rookies. -Sen Say, October 3

So what if it hasn’t been those rookies carrying the scoring?  Who expected Michalek’s resurgence, or Alfredsson’s renaissance?  Certainly not Sens fans.  Who saw Turris getting his act together so quickly?  No one who was watching him out here.  But here Sens fans are in January, and their team hasn’t fallen on its face yet.  This wasn’t even the plan, which was to rebuild:

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San Jose just keeps on rollin’

As has happened so many times this season, a player was hit hard in the head and went to the quiet room.  Andrew Desjardins was able to get to his feet but he had to be helped off the ice:

“I got up and my legs fell under me a little bit, so obviously he caught me pretty good,” he said.-Sharks Talk

Now Sharks fans wait, and that’s pretty much what the team does too.  During the game, one of the announcers mentioned something to the effect of “we hope he can return to the game.”  This comment made me angry which is why I won’t repeat who said it.  I absolutely did not want to see Desjardins back on the ice in this game.  He looked distinctly woozy, he clearly needed to be treated as if he had a concussion.  You can’t wish it away, you take care of it.

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“O-M-F-G THE SHARKS BEAT THE DUCKS!! FINALLY!!”

That tweeted reaction to Wednesday’s win courtesy of the tweeter known as @TeamNiemiClowe.  I may have left out some exclamation points.  I try to stay positive, I wish I had the cheerleader mentality some have attributed to me, but when I saw that tweet I thought “really?  Has it come to this?  Shouldn’t beating the Ducks be less of a big deal?”  I am in the clutches of the dark side, the angry CB cackling in my head.  During the game, I took it out on the number three:

Numbers more important than 3:

  • First two goals scored by #10.
  • First period ended with score at 1-0, which neither contains nor is divisible by three.
  • 2 Sharks goals scored 22 seconds apart, by guys with names that start with B and have 4 letters: Brad and Benn.  There’s no “b” in three.

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A grudging ode to three

Three games against the Canucks, three ending 3-2.  In fact, the Sharks’ last three games against anyone ended 3-2.  Last night, the Sharks avoided losing three games in a row, or three to the Canucks.  Thornton was guilty of three turnovers.  The game produced three points, one for the Canucks, two for the Sharks.  The Sharks practiced three times between games against the Canucks. I haven’t counted how many times Nemo taps the posts with his stick between shootout rounds, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s three.

All right, Sharks. FINE, you really like your threes, I get it.  I’ll try not to say things to belittle or mock your faith.  I still think it would be better if…. Oh, never mind.  Bleeding cultists.

I don’t mind being wrong when it means the team wins.  I take absolutely no joy in being right when it means the team loses.  I wasn’t sure the Sharks would lose to the Canucks last night, but I was really very certain it would not end 3-2.  Whatev.

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Out of gas

First, some news:  Desjardins only got fined for boarding Sami Lepisto, no suspension.  Thank goodness, don’t need the lower lines destabilized right now.  Also, Terry Murray got fired.  His place is being filled by John Stevens.  Finally, Nitty is off IR and going to Worcester for conditioning.  He can stay there for a maximum of 14 days and could conceivably play in 6 games, if he plays 3 in 3 days.  Uh huh.

“Out of gas.”  That’s the title of one of my favorite episodes of Firefly.  It’s also one of the things folks said about the Sharks third period and OT in Chicago.  What did the team think?  The coach?  Hard to tell.  Their quotes are as opaque as ever.  So I decided to look up some better quotes.  Here’s one from the above-mentioned episode of Firefly:

Mal: Ship like this, be with you ‘til the day you die.
Zoë Washburne: ‘Cause it’s a deathtrap.

They’re both right, it’s the classic problem of one thing seen from two different perspectives.

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Sleep with anger

-Last night-
To go to sleep angry is something you shouldn’t do.  So I was glad that CSN showed the new Shark Byte right after that appalling game in LA.  It was chock full of fun and cute things and happy cheerful banter.  Something other than what was probably going on in the Sharks dressing room and on the plane home tonight.  I hope, but that’s because I’m still a little mad.  Maybe I should watch it again.  The Shark Byte, not the game.  That wallaroo was adorable.

I thought the Sharks would give a few strong performances here, since they were facing teams they should take seriously.  The Canucks game was depressing but McLellan said it was a good effort.  He’s the expert, so I’ll just believe him.  But this game in LA was painful to watch.  The team could not have been more disjointed if they had itching powder in their gloves and helmets.  They were so very much out of sync, it was hard to tell who wasn’t making hasty wrong decisions and bizarre choices.

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On the road again

I was surprised by how difficult it was to find a place to watch Sharks or Flyers games the first day I was here. I spoke to bartenders, hostesses, a hotel concierge and one bar-restaurant manager, and none could answer me the simple question: where can I watch a Sharks/Flyers game?

Answers I received:

-“We might show that if it’s on CBC and nothing else is on.  But I can’t promise anything.”

-“Right upstairs”, to which upstairs responded “what channel is it on? Oh, no, we only show Canadian teams.”  To which downstairs retorted “I used to work upstairs, I know they have a lot more hockey channels than we do down here.”

I did not go back upstairs to pursue this matter.

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Four goals, four wins,  three and a half lines.

Four goals for the Sharks’ fourth win in a row, half-played without a fourth line. 

It isn’t right to start by talking about the 4th line.  The correct thing to do, I know, is say how the top lines were awesome and scored and the Sharks won.  Yes, all that.  And Nemo, lots of good things he did.  He was unflappable as he often is.  Well done.  Yay top guys we expect so much from and hardly ever properly appreciate for doing amazing things like being super fast and crazy clever.  They can be difference makers in the playoffs, but only if they get proper support, and I don’t mean applause or a meticulous laundry service.  I mean effective play from the lower lines.

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Fix it please, fix it now

When I first saw that Benn Ferriero had been called up for the Sharks’ road trip, I worried that this meant Martin Havlat’s visit to the doctor had not gone well.  After all, Ferriero was the Havlat placeholder for the majority of training camp.  It might be safe to say he wasn’t used anywhere else but with Couture and Clowe on the second line.

Of course it is a relief to discover that Havlat will in fact be starting, that the trip to Cleveland went very well.  Yay!  Granted, there is no way he can live up to the hype this wait has generated but yay anyway.

So what the heck was Ferriero doing with the team yesterday, and, according to Kevin Kurz, practicing on the 4th line?  Ferriero ended up on the 3rd line, but why would they even try him on the 4th?  Once I start to worry a subject, I have to worry it to death.

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Turn, turn, turn: time to win one

Turn the page.  Turn it around.  Turn up the volume.  Okay, not sure how that last one works but I think it is time for the Sharks to take a turn for the better.  Yes yes, they did win one already but that was ages ago.  We’re ready for another.

The odds of losing three in a row are not a lot better than the odds of winning three in a row.  I guess you could say three’s a charm.  The Ducks already won three in a row, has to be harder to win four, right?

The odds of the Sharks starting two seasons in a row by winning one and losing three in a row have to be very long.

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