Petshark: Talking Stick
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It's fairly unusual to have no assists given when a team scores four times in a game, especially when they are the only goals that team scored. It almost makes you think of the dread hazard: "playing like individuals instead of a team." In the case of the Sharks last night, I don't think that was the situation at all, though all of their goals were unassisted or shootout goals.
Yet none of those goals only belonged to the guys who got credit for them. Even the shootout goals were the result of the team making it through overtime. Couture's goal was beholden to Scott Gomez, who successfully got the puck away from Whitney at the perfect time for Couture to take it. Joe Pavelski's goal... well, yes, he did race up the ice, take the puck away from two players and put it in the net. But he had help getting that opportunity too: Boyle and Clowe closed on Yakupov at the same time. Boyle got the puck off the stick, and Clowe was in the way so the talented Edmonton forward couldn't get right after Pavelski. "Unassisted" sounds so solitary, it makes you think a whole bunch of players are going uncredited.
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I didn’t watch the game (live). I didn’t write about the Sharks on game day. I did not expect a win, I did not let myself think the thought “they are winning” during the game. I did not visualize the puck flying past the Sharks’ goalie. I reverted to all the anti-jinx rules I made for myself years ago. I forgot one: to think nice thoughts about the other team’s goalie. It’s been a while, I’m out of practice.
I was not alone in my antics. Before the game, I watched other fans hatch a plan on Twitter to try and change things up. They agreed to wear fan gear for other teams. It wasn’t random gear, it was all gear they had anyway because they liked players who were no longer on “their” team. I think the sincerity behind having the gear must be an important component. You can’t distract the fates by waving new colors in their faces. You have to really care to divert their attention away.