Petshark: Talking Stick
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Dwayne Roloson will start for Tampa Bay tonight. Roloson has been having a very stinky season. I hate to see a goalie demoralized, especially a Libra. Writing that makes me worry if I just did something that will make him have the best game he’s had for a very long time. N’ah, I’m not really worried about that, what I was worried about was this road trip.
The length of it didn’t worry me. The Sharks haven’t played as well on the road this season, winning just over 62% at home but only 52% on the road. I didn’t count OT points but I guess I should. Do that and they have points in almost 69% of their home games, 68% on the road. A rule of thumb: don’t quote me on the math, I can’t count. Still, that didn’t worry me.
I was worried about the teams the Sharks are playing on this trip: Tampa Bay, Carolina, Minnesota, Columbus, throw Detroit and Nashville in to spice things up, and then remember Washington. I don’t know where to put Toronto on the worry scale, but I don’t think they tip the balance. On average, it’s not a daunting list. I looks like a gift horse. You don’t want to look it in the mouth because it would be rude but also the chances are good that the gift is older than it appears and it probably has crummy teeth. The gift horse will require extra care and feed and, in the end, will be more of a burden than a gift.
When the game is winding down and the Sharks have a power play and Vlasic is out there with Douglas Murray, John McCarthy, and Brad Winchester, something has gone awry.
Here is where I begin a rant likely to alienate any hockey fan who bothers to read my blog. If it makes a difference, I know how you feel: alienated. So we have that in common. For the sake of that common experience, I apologize in advance.
I felt badly for the Blue Jackets going into the third period of last night’s game. What a disaster they are, how depressing to be them. That said, I wouldn’t for a second indulge their need to hit something. I’m not that much of a softie.
I guess the Sharks felt differently.
I introduced another friend to hockey last night. While Dan Boyle was punching the kneeling Brassard, my friend commented: “It’s not very gracious to be doing that, when the Sharks are up by so much. It isn’t very sportsmanlike.”
At the last minute I got a break on some tickets to the Sharks Foundation benefit at Club Auto Sport, San Jose (sponsored by Porsche and Joseph Georges wines). It seemed like the sort of thing I should check out if at all possible so I did. Granted, I have a moderately bad reaction to wine, and I’m no petrolhead, so it wasn’t the kind of event I would normally attend. Even so, there were some good wines and a lot of pretty cars that even I could appreciate after I got over the flushed, feverish sick feeling that hits me when I drink wine. Even a tiny bit of wine, it seems. They tasted good anyway. And how can you not love a DeLorean tricked out as a time machine? Yes, fun and pretty cars.
There were a lot of photos being taken but I didn’t see any autographs being done. That lent a casual, friendly air to the event. Of course I could have missed them if they were discreet. A reliable eye-witness I am not. I didn’t see anyone climbing inside the cars, it is possible that this was not permitted. I did not ask. In the back there was a little Ferrari room, with Ferraris in it.
The silent auction sold mostly large bottles of wine that had been autographed by the team. The live auction featured the ever-popular dinner for four with Douglas Murray. The high bid for that was around 21k. Um. Wow. I’m going to guess the event raised a whole lotta money for the Sharks Foundation.
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.
The Caps came to San Jose, gave Sharks fans a great game to watch, and brought Stephen Whyno from The Washington Times with them. Well, the Caps didn’t bring him but that’s why he was here. He promptly wrote a story about Douglas Murray and his approach to hitting, under new rules and old. Murray followed that up with a demonstration, during the game. For anyone bothered by said demonstration, there’s a Twitter hashtag: #blameWhyno.
A few good things happened this weekend in my hockey book, along with the above-mentioned marvelous Sharks demonstration of why the Capitals will never win here. Sharks have been winning. Flyers winning too. Leighton won in the AHL outdoor game. Yes, I’m an unabashed Leighton fan. I am strange, perhaps, or just loyal to a fault. Whatever. The Phantoms won 4-3 in OT, not a splendid win for a goalie, but hey, a win’s a win, most of the time.
After sleeping on it and reading Sharks game recaps, I realized that there were a lot of good things about last night’s game against the Ducks. Things like allowing no shots on goal during penalty kills. Things like out shooting and out scoring the other guys, blocking a lot of shots. Burns coming back after blocking a shot with his hand, and, apparently, Demers feeling okay. These are all very good as karmic signs go, no matter who the other guys are.
Like the Blue Jackets. They’re sharing a nest at the bottom of the standings with the Ducks. Unlike the Ducks, they haven’t had a single good spell this season. They started out losing and injured, they are still losing. Maybe I’m being generous when I say the Ducks had a good spell. They won four in a row at the start of the season and since then have only won six more. The Blue Jackets, however,only won their first game after losing their first eight. It was a race to get a win in before November.