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Happy day, through a glass darkly

Tuesday afternoon, I heard Walking on Sunshine on the radio and it stuck in my head. I heard a whole lot of songs after that, but I couldn't wash it out. I also felt unaccountably cheerful, sort of the way the Sharks looked at the morning skate. Part of me thought them looking jolly was an ill omen, the way it was the last time I noticed that, before the Ducks beat them some time last season.

Of course, there is no good reason to not be cheerful when you're thinking about a hockey game.  Win or lose, it's still a hockey game and the whole point of the thing is to have fun and make people happy.  Maybe the sun shining and the fluffy merry nature of sport and entertainment would not be suppressed.

It was still derned uncomfortable, being all bouncy happy for no good reason.

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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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Sharks here and there

Where are the Sharks?  Of course they are in Calgary, about to play a game.

But where do they stand now, with camp all wrapped up?  It might have something to do with where they have been.  I asked several players over the course of the week about the pros and cons of playing overseas during the lockout.  There seems to be a consensus from observers, myself included, that those who did play are in a better position to start, even if those who did not play might be better off in a couple of months.  Fitness wasn't exactly what I was asking about, and I got several interesting answers that addressed the mental aspect of playing overseas.

Earlier in the week, I had asked Jason Demers and Justin Braun about how they made the transition to the Finnish game, a somewhat different question from making the adjustment back.  Here's what I asked other players later in the week, and what they told me.

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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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Ring Pavlov’s bell in San Jose, who drools first?

Among other things that went wrong in Pittsburgh during the playoffs, Evgeni Malkin was unrelentingly pestered to the point of frustration by a 19 year old Flyer rookie.  I mention this as I did yesterday not only because it gives me tremendous satisfaction but because the same thing happened to a lot of teams this season: a bunch of new kids beat the old guard.  Hell, even the Coyotes made it out of the first round for the first time.

Jason Plank ‏ @fearthefin: “First time since 2001 that one of Detroit, Vancouver, or San Jose failed to advance to second round. All went out in 5 games this year.”

Even veterans fall down.  They tend to get back up and make adjustments quicker than a first-timer does.  The Sharks all just fell down together big time, I don’t want Doug Wilson to waste that lesson by sending a bunch of them packing and bringing in guys who have no memory of the group fail.  It’s time to get some heads examined, because body-swapping has lost its kick.  Or you can keep trying to get a better fix like a proper junkie would.

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About last night…

So I spent two days running to and from home to the hospital and back again, carrying dogs and dispensing pills to one of those dogs and doing other stuff people can’t do when they’re having a baby, and wondering and worrying and asking wrong questions to doctors and then deciding I should stop speaking before I freak my brother and his wife out in their time of happy panic.  I even forgot to write about the Flyers on Sharks game day and then I spilled makeup on my Sharks jersey.  Maybe the stained jersey can be the memento of the kid’s birthday in lieu of a nice win from the Sharks.

So that’s all over, at least the part that is the most dangerous thing a person can do that isn’t considered a medical disorder or suicidal.  About the time Jack was being born, Pickles and Nemo were collaborating to score the game’s first goal.  It’s okay to call him Pickles if you’re mad at him, right Clowe?  Do we have a special name for Nemo?  Come on guys, I’m trying to train a little fan here!

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Red Wings at Sharks: oh, my stars and garters!

A lot of teams have been having trouble stringing wins together lately.  Two in a row against playoff teams is very nice for the Sharks and their fans.  The press does three stars for the game, so tried my hand at three stars for each period of the St. Patrick’s Day game.

David Pollak ‏ @PollakOnSharks: “Nah, same old same old. RT @markedwinemmons So, now that I’m off Warriors’ deadline, were there Sharks doing anything interesting tonight?”

First Period:

Third star of the first: Pavel Datsyuk for the Red Wings’ first goal of the game. If someone else made that shot, he’d be first star of the game. Since it’s Datsyuk, he’d have to make the shot through a wall of fire to be really surprising.  He would also have to cause the wall of fire appear without a bunch of equipment or no one would be surprised to see a wall of fire on the ice.

Second star of the first: Martin Havlat for scoring in his second game back and for scoring the second goal of the game, which the Sharks have not always done when they score the first so quickly.

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Trade rumors and torment

Fans don’t usually get asked about blockbuster trades, except so folks can watch our little heads spin ‘round and explode, or see how long it takes us to tear each other to shreds.  Well, we do get asked for that reason all the time, but never in a serious “what you say might influence what happens” kind of way.  Kevin Kurz asked Sharks fans how we feel about the Sharks being on track for the last lap of the Nashcar race. I don’t mean he wants our heads to spin or any of that but… what reaction do you expect when someone tells us the Sharks may move Joe Pavelski?

@RyMartin24:”@bigjonallred Trading Joe Pavelski, American Hero, would be a crime against our beloved country.”

There were others, some involved threats of violent acts which I would rather not quote in case those tweets go badly for the tweeters.  Others did say they would consider it, but without them, where would the fan friction come from?

So, should the Sharks acquire Rick Nash?  What about Carter?  Carter would cost less up front… No.  No and no and no.  I’m just one fan but I’d be willing to say “no” 15,000 times if it would make a difference.

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Kick the cat, or the goalie

Of ending Detroit’s record-setting home win streak, Todd McLellan said:

“There have been a lot of teams that came in and tried to do it. Some have come extremely close, others haven’t,” McLellan said. “We’re going to take our kick at the cat and see what we can do.” -Working the Corners

Was Todd McLellan’s peculiar choice of words a malapropism or a Freudian slip? Could it be both?  Cats, unlike cans, are famous for quick, evasive action. There’s a high likelihood that the cat is unharmed and the kicker ends up on his caboose.  Is that what McLellan is trying not to think about?

Beating Detroit will not be easy, it hardly ever is with or without a winning streak on the line. McLellan has been slow to say who the starting goalie will be. I really don’t think it matters right now.

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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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Those were not the dragons I was looking for

There’s dragons and there’s Dragons.  That Sharks @ Oilers game wasn’t what I had in mind to start the Year of the Dragon.  There were some good things, like Logan Couture earned his 100th NHL point.  The Sharks did control much of the game.  They just couldn’t score accordingly, so they lost.

When I wrote about Dragons, I was thinking of something like this:


From Dark Wallpapers

See the nice color, and the water and how big and scary that guy is?  Storms don’t bother him.  Certainly no little oil spill would slow him down.

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Jack and Jenna

My brother is going to be a father.  He and his wife told me the other day that they had decided they would encourage the boy (yes, they know it will be a boy) to play hockey.  Neither parent has much interest in the sport.  I think it was a gesture to include me in the care of the child.  I am touched that they are so quick to hand their first born over to me, but my initial reaction was “really?  I would be afraid to encourage my kid to play hockey.”

I’m a worry wart.  I would have the kid ride horses, because even though more people get head injuries riding horses than doing anything else, I know how to do it right, it would be safe if I were in charge.  Right.

Anyway, when I expressed my concerns about the safety of the unborn person (hey, they’re planning his sports activities, I’m not the only crazy person here), my brother said “really?  But hockey isn’t dangerous, they’re all padded, it’s not like football.”

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6: too many

6: too many men on the ice

6: too many goals to score

6: too many games to win in a row.

Three sixes on Halloween just can’t be good.  I think I can come up with a couple more.  Couture and Pavelski both made it to six game point streaks.  The Sharks took six penalties, if you count Clowe’s fighting major.  In this case, I don’t see any reason not to.  That’s six sixes.  This is not helping.

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Is everything going according to plan yet?

It is early still to say whether or not the Sharks’ plans for the 2011-12 season are working, but there is some data available.

First part of the plan was to get Dan Boyle’s minutes down.  It does look like his TOI is creeping down.  At least from the first game (27:28) to the last (22:49) there’s a reduction, with a spike of in the middle there.  Boyle’s time on the penalty kill isn’t dropping off as much as some would like but overall others are balancing out his minutes.  The drop is not drastic but it is there, probably because Vlasic and Burns are looking better.

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Sharks top lines, all set (?)

Brodie Brazil had a few things to say about how the Sharks’ top lines will look when the season starts:

Go ahead and ink in Joe Thornton, centering Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski.  There’s San Jose’s top line to begin the season…it’s pretty clear to see Todd McLellan following that with Logan Couture, flanked by Ryane Clowe and Martin Havlat. -Sharks Talk

I must have missed the quote where McLellan says he’s sorted out the 3rd slots on the top lines and isn’t giving it another thought.

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