Petshark: Talking Stick
Entries with the tag: power play
Winning breeds winning. The Sharks defense is "winning," their offense isn't. It's easier to get your brain into a defensive or reactive mode when you lack confidence. Being aggressive or creative requires confidence, or such a lack of it that you feel fear, like a cornered animal. You don't want to be cornered. The execution of a cornered animal is about as precise as a cannon with one broken wheel. Fear, while it might make you go faster or be stronger, won't help with precision or missed passes. You know the ones I mean, those passes that leave the stick about two seconds before the brain registers "Wait, he's not on my team..."
Ray Emery playing well is never depressing for me. I was in the Emery Comeback Camp from the time I heard he was hoping to return from that hip surgery. I couldn't believe he'd make it back, but I was impressed that he wanted to do it. So part of me is always rooting for Emery. After the game, he was asked about the Sharks:
That's a great power play, those guys they put out there are a great group, so if we keep them off the board, it's a bonus.
Such a nice thing to say, even if it's not true.
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 The NHL rescinded the match penalty against Andrew Desjardins the same night.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.
The Sharks appear to be working from a checklist. Obviously scoring in the first period is on that list. They have done that ever since that disappointing game in Calgary. Also, power play goals are important, their power play lacked some shock and awe last season. Needed to fix that.
Patrick Marleau had his two-goals-a-game objective. Perhaps that was drawing too much public attention away from the team, so he skipped it last night. Making NHL history would be way too high profile for such a modest guy. Still, it was clear that the Sharks wanted to get that 2nd goal for Marleau, because historic records are fun to hold. Too bad they were so worn out from back to back games.
Who were they playing against last night? I thought I heard it was some team that had a winning streak at HP Pavilion to defend. Does it even matter who the Sharks play anymore?