Petshark: Talking Stick
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Can Sharks fans expect anything different from the mostly same Sharks as last season? This is a question many have asked now, but to my mind it misses an important point. This season is not last season, it would not be last season even if it were not an insanely compressed season. This is now, that was then. Even old habits do not manifest themselves in exactly the same way as they did yesterday. The team is going into the unknown, without much time to prepare. If I don't know where I'm going or what will happen there, I will always grab the old horse, the one I've known for years.
That old horse is right out in the field, I still throw a saddle on him whenever I have to ride without notice. He is a fractious beast, headstrong and not terribly well-mannered, but I know him. I know a lot, he knows a lot, together I trust us to cope with whatever the unknown throws at us. I cannot imagine why anyone would chose differently.
I have seen some say that young teams will have the edge in this short race, but I don't buy it. Go with what you know when heading into unknown territory. Todd McLellan, without making the equine comparison, said the same thing:
Last night, the San Francisco Bulls beat the Stockton Thunder 4-3 in overtime. It was their fourth of four games at home, the first of three games in three nights, the second and third to be played in Ontario and Bakersfield.
New things seen at last night's game: The Cube can be broken, and repaired quickly. A shot from I'm not sure who in the first period went too high and hit the board right in the period number. A panel was knocked loose but was as easily fixed during intermission.
Also new: Peter Sivak moved to the line with Justin Bowers and Dean Ouellet, and Jordan Morrison centered both Sharks forward prospects Marek Viedensky and Daniil Tarasov. That second line scored the first goal of the game, credited to Tarasov, with the assist to Viedensky.
Stockton's only goal before the third period was a power play goal, scored with only 13 seconds left on a double minor against Justin Bowers in the second. When they say "the puck took a crazy bounce", they mean this one-- it took several pinball-like bounces before popping over Heemskerk's glove and into the net. It really shouldn't have been a very disheartening goal-- bouncing plus four minute penalty kill should warrant some self-forgiveness. Nevertheless, it put a damper on the Bulls. The Bulls had outshot the Thunder in the first period but didn't do so again in the second or third.
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