Petshark: Talking Stick
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Brad Stuart hasn't given anyone reason to regret that he's a Shark again, but last night he made a particular splash with some extra gritty play and a charming grin to show off the dental work he got during the game. Stuart made an excellent ambassador for a team that had just scrambled to a shootout win after dropping a two goal lead.
The Sharks were outshot (33-22 in regulation), out chanced, and generally out-played through much of the game, but how can you be angry when Stuey lost a tooth and hardly missed a beat? Not to mention the short-handed goal from Adam Burish (which Stuart also made possible) and Scott Gomez finally scoring. The Sharks still make me wonder.
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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