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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 Many Men

You'll need more than three guys to outnumber Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Why do you think he has three names?

Wow, Murray came in fast to get that icing call. How often does that happen?  More often this season than last to be sure.  "Oh that's not speed, it's just..." What?  Good sense? Reading the play?  Smarts?  Who cares what it is if it gets him there first?

The Sharks only allowed the Blues two shots on goal in the first 15 minutes of the third period?  That's pretty cool.

McLellan really should leave the nines together.  To heck with that commie egalitarian nonsense.  With Kennedy, Wingels, Desjardins and, hopefully, Sheppard soon too... the lower six will be fine.

Those were the things I noticed as the Sharks crept closer their first win in eight games.   

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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  The NHL rescinded the match penalty against Andrew Desjardins the same night.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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Swim. The fall didn’t kill you

The Sharks eased into the end of that winning streak.  There was no sudden crash, though the Ducks game certainly came close.  The team went through a nice smooth arc: Win, WIN, WIN, Win, win, shootout win, shootout win... loss.  See how they kept getting closer to losing?  If you want to nitpick, I guess you could say they are due a regulation loss but there's no need to jump off that bridge yet.  We saw it coming, we had a sense of what the end would feel like, no shock here.

Considering how many lineup changes McLellan made, I thought the Sharks played pretty well against the Predators.  I think more players played better than in the last couple of games.  That doesn't always happen when you change three of four lines, two of three defense pairings, and add a couple guys to the lineup.  There were mistakes, but the most glaring were redeemed by their makers.

The Predators are not an easy team for the Sharks to play.  The Sharks like to be able to play, not scuffle endlessly in the corners and creep up and down the ice.  But they did pretty well.  If you put aside the stuff of nightmares that the non-goal from Martin Havlat was, the Sharks nearly won in regulation.  That isn't to say losing is okay, or that the Sharks didn't.  But the fact of that chance means that the team was not playing badly.  It was a dumb error, but that's all it was. It wasn't the game-defining event that it very well could have been.

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All good things

Jason Demers is ready to play. He took slapshots Tuesday and Wednesday, and spent some extra time working with both Larry Robinson and Jim Johnson after Tuesday's practice.  Wednesday, he was practicing with a power play unit.  That would argue for Demers being in sooner than later.  My guess is that sooner would be even sooner if Boyle is still out Thursday.  Today, Frazer McLaren was waived so the Sharks have made room for someone.  That's a one, not some two.

Brent Burns, just yesterday so glum, looked better today.  He did more drills with the team, he was taking longer strides, making more turns and stops.  He looks better than he did before camp. Suddenly, he looks not so far from good to go, but that would be sudden.  It's unreasonable to think one day would make such a difference.  But back to back days skating, and skating harder the second day is great news.  At least it indicates steady progress.

McLellan put some new lines to work this morning:

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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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Demers and Braun on Finland

Two Sharks defensemen went to play in Finland during the lockout.  Oddly, they both returned with hand injuries and probably won't be available to start the shortened season.   The only thing that would make it more odd would be if it was the same hand.  It isn't.  Jason Demers has a soft removable cast on his right hand, Justin Braun has a cast with a port hole for ultrasound therapy on his left.

Jason Demers played 30 games with Karpat Oulu, and then some more games with Canada's team in the Spengler Cup tournament.  His team won that, which made me think I need to work on how I ask questions.  When I commented that Switzerland was a nice way to wind up his time in Europe, he left out that whole winning thing:

To have Christmas and New Years with my family was icing on the cake for that trip.

Maybe you have to be a little more explicit when asking about beating your Captain's team for a title.  Obviously time with your family is important too, but.... WINNING!!!!  In all, Demers did have a very successful time abroad:

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Finishing the game

For me, Friday's Bulls game started with a long drive through the rain. This demonstration of diligence and commitment is less impressive if you know that I had a thrilling Worcester Sharks game to listen to on the way. No hardship there. It was probably exactly the sort of game I would never want to watch (I think they may have broken some season penalty minute records, could hardly go five minutes without a fight.  I believe Frazer McLaren alone racked up 27 minutes before being excused.) Still, the back and forth scoring and right up to the last second suspense made for a great listen.

SF Bulls defenseman Sacha Guimond has gone back to Canada.  This tweet from Simon Danis-Pepin sat there in my Twitter timeline for days:

@Simon_D_Pepin: "Having a good hangout with @Guimond15 before he heads north. Feel like my son is going away to college. #lesbulls #ledream"

I couldn't get anyone to explain it on Twitter, and I couldn't get to the city to ask someone about it.  All I could get before the game was that Guimond was, in fact, going back to college in Canada.  That was sort of anti-climactic.  Guimond's official status would remain a mystery until after Friday's game.  At that point I learned that his status isn't officially official, there is a possibility he will return but the forces of a scholarship  are against it.  He needs to enroll very soon or give up a hefty educational opportunity.

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Broad strokes: Sharks overseas

Over the past few days, I discovered an impatience I haven't felt for a while, the "hold on, no games today?  Or tomorrow?  Or... I'm supposed to wait how long for a game?" feeling.  It was irritating, but not bad.  It reminded me of a normal hockey season.  It feels like being all adapted to the new hockey universe.

This impatience drove me to start hunting for European and KHL games online.  This is not only difficult because feeds tend to move around, but also because an audio feed will not do. I don't speak most of the languages these games are broadcast in.   I did manage to dig up a Dinamo Minsk game going on yesterday morning.  A video feed was not available to me (which only took me about an hour to figure out) but following the scoreboard was better than nothing. So that was fun, except that Minsk blew a lead and fell 6-3.  At least Pavelski got a goal.

There are several Sharks abroad.   I found the following information online, but I can't be sure how complete it is.  I started with Eurohockey.com because they have an easy search that found most of the Sharks quickly.  From there I sort of wandered:

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Enough lockout non-news

There's a theory that refusing to give voice to your dark thoughts is more productive than letting rants run riot.  I'm going to try that.  The NHL CBA negotiations are going nowhere, both sides look kind of stupid, childish and not the least concerned with whether or not we see any NHL hockey this season.  That wasn't a rant, just a brief statement of fact.  A more comprehensive discussion of the situation can be found here from Elliotte Friedman.

Here are some bits of info I've picked up about players and teams that matter in my hockey universe: Back on September 29th, Logan Couture's team beat Joe Thornton's now Rick Nashless team in Switzerland:

@Logancouture: Big win for @OfficialGSHC. Also bragging rights over the big guy!

Jason Demers is getting rave (or maybe just good) reviews in Finland.  Really it's hard to get the details via Google Translate and I won't apologize for not speaking Finnish.  I hear it is a very difficult language.

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4 or 5 like Braun

Cap Geek released the details of the new contracts for Andrew Desjardins (1 year, $640k) and Justin Braun (3 years with average cap hit of $1.25m).  Information about Tommy Wingels’ contract was released a little earlier, but to make the list complete, he has a 2 year contract with a cap hit of $775k.  Also made official yesterday was Brad Stuart’s contract, 3 years at $3.6m.

So, what next?  The Sharks are still looking for a winger or two, and they are a little cap heavy on defense.  Numbers-wise, there are only 7 NHL defensemen under contract.  If they decide they cannot have so much cap space wrapped up on defense, they will have to move one of the blue liners to get that winger they want.  “That winger…” Gee, where have I heard that before?  Oh well, at least they’re not shopping for defense.

Moving a defenseman out would leave them with Worcester prospects or someone from free agency to fill in the seventh spot.  How confident are they that they could go into next season with only Worcester players to fill in as the seventh defenseman?  Last season the team used all 8 defensemen, even called up a 9th at one point.  So, are the Sharks ready to start with only 6 proven NHL d-men now?

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Wilson trades for Stuart’s rights: not surprising but kind of odd

News that Doug Wilson had traded a conditional 7th round pick and talking rights with Andrew Murray for talking rights with Brad Stuart was met with general approval by Sharks tweeters. To me it seemed odd. When I say “odd” I don’t mean wrong or crazy, just less straightforward than it appears to be.

Brad Stuart will be a free agent on July 1, unless he signs a contract with the Sharks before that.  If, as was strongly rumored, Stuart had expressed a specific desire to come back to San Jose, why did Wilson have to trade anything at all to talk to him before July 1?  Why did he have to officially talk to him before then?  Because the market would swallow Stuart up with grand offers?  Is he really likely to be overpaid by enough to spend more years away from his family?  It doesn’t sound like he’s interested in exploring that:

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Jason Demers and other game day thoughts

This morning, Brent Burns was skating with Colin White. No one skated for long,  but that’s what I saw. Predictably, the other two pair were Boyle with Vlasic and Braun with Demers.  Forward lines pretty much the same as in the last game.  From David Pollak’s observations, don’t expect to see Douglas Murray.  Niemi starts.  I mean, I assume he will.  He left the ice first and there’s been no breaking news to the contrary.

The Stars, as could be expected since they played last night in Vancouver, mostly didn’t skate.

“The players know where we’re at. The time crunch is on them. They know what’s left. They know what the standings are. We can pretend it’s game 31, but it doesn’t feel that.” -Todd McLellan, Working the Corners

Neither team has an edge in the “we feel really pissed off about losing in our last game” standings.  They should both be a little testy tonight.  Have at it, fellas.

Yesterday, Kevin Kurz tried to answer the question of “What’s gone wrong with the Sharks?”  His general points seem sound enough, but I was surprised to see which two defensemen he singled out as problems:

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Red Wings @ Sharks, pregame notes

Red Wings at HP tonight.  Datsyuk in, Lidstrom still out. Franzen

maybe but he

didn’t skate this morning.  The Red Wings are on a losing streak, some say it a sign of things to come for post-Lidstrom hockey in Detroit.  Lidstrom may not be playing tonight but the Red Wings are not “post-Lidstrom” yet.  Besides, Datsyuk is back.  I am overwrought with concern for his health, quite appalled that they would let him play so soon after his surgery.  He should by no means be playing yet, he should wait until Monday.

Too bad.

Even with Wingels’ recent injury, the Sharks are healthier than they’ve been in a while.  If indeed neither White nor Vandermeer are injured even a little, playing Demers and Braun together may signal a real shift in philosophy for the Sharks.  I like it.

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Quicksand and Passing

I didn’t expect rain last night.  When I heard it coming down, I worried that I may have left things out. It was so unexpected that I couldn’t even remember what I needed to bring in, I didn’t know where to start battening down the hatches.

I think the Sharks had a similar experience in St. Louis.  Maybe they didn’t skate long enough in the morning to figure the ice out.  Maybe they didn’t practice hard enough to notice.  The result was a bunch of guys who all looked like they were skating with broken feet on dull skate blades.  Once they were in the game, it was too late to fix a problem of that magnitude.  Despite all that horrible bad luck and maybe a touch of poor preparation, the Sharks did some admirable things in this game. 

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Win for the road

In just over an hour, the Sharks will hit the ice for their first of nine road games.  That’s a long road trip, even for a team used to a lot of travel.  McLellan says he doesn’t put much stock in the theory of road trip bonding, but he does see the benefits of getting away from the distractions of home life:

“Some of the players will get more rest on the road,” McLellan said, “maybe get an afternoon nap when the little ones aren’t jumping on you. The family activities obviously don’t exist on the road, so there is a chance to get a little more rest for some of them.” -Mercury News

That’s why people go on vacation or work retreats, to get away, be in the moment instead of the past and future and all the things other people need from them.  Maybe I need to get away again, my brain is flying in six different directions right now, only a few of which have anything to do with hockey.  At least a few of them do.

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Dinner with Douglas Murray: 21k. Burns back in the lineup: priceless?

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.

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Welcome to the Year of the Dragon

Luck and legend distinguish the Dragon from the other symbols in the Chinese and Mongolian zodiac.  It is said to be the very luckiest birth year, the sign of the emperor.  Unlike the other symbols, a dragon is not the sort of critter most of us will see in our lifetimes.  Since there are twelve signs in this system, that is a little surprising.  The year starts today and ends around this time in 2013.

As someone who grew up in San Francisco, I guess I should say something about the Niners.  They lost.  Bummer for Niners fans.  I wasn’t all that anxious for them to win because I feel that trips to championship finals disperse geographically in such a way that if the Niners had gone on, this would have been bad news for the Sharks.  Look what happened with the Giants- the other Giants I mean.  Condolences to Niners fans, may the loss not be in vain.

The Sharks begin the year in Edmonton.  I don’t know if any of them attended a parade, but a big spectacle like an NHL game should do.  Wow… that would be cool, if someone brought a paper and silk dragon to the game and sent it around the stands… I know, that probably won’t happen.

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Almost half way there

One of the things that stuck out for me in the Sharks’ Tuesday loss to Minnesota was how many times Niemi got run into or buried under bodies. He seems like a sturdy fellow but that has to be kind of tough on a goalie. That’s a special kind of failure to defend. That was just one symptom of breakdowns from the Sharks. There were enough such to have McLellan shuffling the lines and looking very cross. I just hope Niemi didn’t get banged up, bent wrong or otherwise harmed under there.

The television cameras gave us a good indication of why Ryane Clowe will be wearing a cage for the next week.  Apparently the treatment of bleeding noses makes good tv. 

Of course the last-minute comeback to push the game to overtime was fun also.  That those goals came from the team’s usual suspects made me wonder about a couple of things.

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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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Red Card: Sharks @ Stars

I don’t know exactly what a red card is but I suspect it has to do with misbehaving in a soccer game.  So I think it’s kind of ironic that I watched the Sharks @ Stars game at a sports bar called Red Card. I usually lean toward older, danker places where the wood (there’s got to be lots of wood) was steeped for years in cigar smoke and the leather upholstery is a bit alive with the scent of many bodies.

Red Card isn’t like that.  It’s got shiny metal highlights and a lit bar that changes colors. It also has exposed brick walls and black and red leather upholstery. You know it’s a pub, even if the chairs and bar stools are of a distinctly modern design.  It also has a bunch of satellite feeds so it gets pretty much any sports event you need to see.

I order soup and beer and watch the Sharks game begin.

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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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Remember the 3rd, Sharks, remember the 3rd!

Tonight the Sharks play the Coyotes.  Greiss will be in net. Wow.  I mean yay! and also wow.  Maybe the Coyotes games will be Greiss’ games this season?

The Coyotes are in 8th place in the Western Conference right now.  That’s four spots behind the Sharks but only two points behind.  I could say the Coyotes are nipping at the Sharks’ heels but sharks don’t have feet.

I don’t think many people thought Mike Smith was a great replacement for Ilya Bryzgalov, but considering Bryz was given the elite streets of gold treatment last Summer, I don’t think replacing him was ever in the cards for the Coyotes.  But I also think a lot of people underestimate Smith.  He made a pretty good showing in the playoffs for Tampa Bay.  Combined with the Yotes’ tendency to show up and work hard, Smith and company might be one of those teams you have to be very careful not to take for granted, even if your last meeting was a blow-out in your favor.  Remember the 3rd, Sharks, remember the 3rd!

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The green coats are coming!

The Minnesota Wild are here.  It seems strange for that to be an alarming thing, but surprise, surprise they’ve won 5 in a row.  Their penalty kill and their goalies are vying for bestest ever in the universe.  Yes, the sky could fall.

That pk has been perfect for at least 5 games in a row, 21 or 23 successful penalty kills or something.  But against who?  Eeek!  The Red Wings?  Twice in a row no less?  And the Canucks?  Nobody panic.  The Wild were feasting on the bleeding body of a Red Wings losing streak.  The Canucks? Well who knows with them.  Also the Blues fell in there, shortly before their coach was fired, and the Flames are in a muddle too.  Also, the Minny power play hasn’t been as strong as the penalty kill.  So, that five game winning streak and flawless penalty kill might be misleading.  Certainly Yeo seems to think so, he was not happy with the team in their 3-0 shutout last night:

@Russostrib: Yeo very unhappy with #mnwiId play tonight - scoring chances allowed, penalties taken, lack of physicality”

Um… yeah.

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The Kings’ new clothes

Here’s what’s been said about last night’s game against the LA Kings: “Sharks hold court over Kings in 4-2 win,”  “Sharks learn from mistakes, trump Kings 4-2,” “San Jose Sharks defeat Los Angeles Kings 4-2.”  Now that’s more like it, Sharks.

During the second intermission, I heard a man say behind me “3-1, huh? Isn’t that what the score was last time…” But another man cut him off saying “What the hell… saying that…. What are you trying to do?!?”

I kept telling myself “lightning never strikes the same spot twice, right?”  Of course we all know that isn’t true, especially if you set up a lightning rod.

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Huh? Why? 5-0

They weren’t in Hawaii, but they were visiting Islanders, and now the Sharks are 5-0 on this trip.  Their performance last night was lackluster.  They won anyway, them’s the breaks, no point asking why.

@PollakOnSharks: Couture on #SJSharks 3-2 OT win: “I didn’t think we were very good, but good teams find a way to win games when they’re not at their best.”

A few things did have to work.  Like Pickles.  While the rest of the team seemed fairly convinced that they were tired, Vlasic doesn’t believe in tired.  Probably he does believe in it, he just doesn’t believe he is old enough to suffer from it.  We saw a clever and energetic performance from him. Vlasic is on a tear, isn’t he?

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Sharks Training Camp 2011, Day 2

Sunday morning, Sharks Ice
I spent Saturday feeling like a rat in a kitchen, and I don’t mean an “ooh goody I found a bag of oatmeal next to this big wheel of cheese” happy rat.  For the record, no one tried to stomp me, it was just a state of mind I get into when I’m in new situations.  That level of crazy has subsided, partly because there is nothing scheduled that might involve me falling into a situation that is so insanely foreign to me that I start chewing on the walls.  Another part of it is: they let me back in.  I guess I didn’t break anything.

I’m sorry I don’t have a decent report from yesterday.  I actually wrote a lot about that but it all boiled down to a drawn-out scream of “what am I doing here?” and had nothing to do with the Sharks.  You can’t choose which part of the lake they throw you into, and you can’t learn to swim any faster for being thrown in the deep end.  First time in the water, not drowning is a win.

Today it is almost like normal me being at practice, except that I don’t absolutely have to sit on the cold benches by the rink.  I probably will go out there anyway, because not being able to hear the skating gives me the jitters.  I ventured into the building without a coat.  It’s like running around naked.

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