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Unassisted

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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The Right Hand of Zus

You know how those stories about Greek gods always involve or imply the torment and suffering of mortals?  That’s what being a fan is like sometimes.  Even though the players are doing the hard work, the bleeding and breaking and rushing about, we spectators watch and hope our fragile little village will be spared by the storm.  So it has to be a good thing to have a guy named Zus on the team.  No way your church tower gets blown over by the western wind storm of the century, not with Zus on your side.

I heard a lot about those perilous high winds, but they never came to my neighborhood.  If I really thought this was connected to my NHL team allegiance, I would have to build a shrine or something.  Surely it isn’t just Michal Handzus making things happen or not happen.  Surely he must have some help.

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