Petshark: Talking Stick
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The Sharks’ audience didn’t leave early in such great numbers last night, not the way they did as Game 3 stumbled to the finish. Sure, the Sharks were only down by one goal for most of the game, they were never down by three. Still, I like to think people stayed because that was very likely the last game they would see this season. It hasn’t gone on long enough to feel like a real second season.
So we stayed and we gave a cheer full of gusto for Thornton’s last-minute goal. As the noise died down, I got that feeling best described by a Peggy Lee song I first heard in the movie After Hours. It is depressing, maudlin even. I don’t recommend it for play during a hockey game, or after one for that matter. But I remember the movie being hilarious.
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!
Northern California got some rain and fireworks for Game 1 in St. Louis. I think we even had tornadoes. Apparently it’s St. Louis’ turn today, so both teams get to hear and feel the thunder. To survive this one, the Sharks will need to do more than prove they are hard to drown. That surprised the Blues once, it won’t work again.
Nothing ever turns out quite the way you expect, even when it’s the predicted outcome. David Pollak wrote:
The boss gave me the green light before the series started to book flights for Game 5 because I found a fairly decent air fare. Now the only way that ticket goes to waste is if the Sharks sweep. -Working the Corners
There are two predictions that I find odd: predicted sweeps and predicted seven-game series. The one claims there will be total dominance and the other claims there will be next to none. So to me, predicting a seven-game series and still choosing a winner is like not choosing at all. (For reasons I may get into later, I’m in a babbling mood right now, so this may go all over the place. Apologies. )
The Sharks used two sheets of ice today, skated for well over an hour. Mitchell practiced on the third line without sharing the spot with Handzus. Evidently he suffered no ill effects from yesterday’s practice. Clowe was still out, which is alarming despite the assurances that he will be fine for Game 1. When teams start using playoff-speak, I need to see with my own eyes to believe.
That Brian Elliott was injured in practice has most people thinking Halak will start for the Blues. Since they traded Bishop away, they don’t have an experienced NHL backup. I don’t think it matters a lot unless Elliott’s injury is a lot more severe than anyone thinks.
I keep hearing predictions that say the Sharks have more recent playoff experience than the Blues, but the Blues will win the series anyway. Pshaw. If the Sharks can beat the Blues even once, why not four times? I want to look at the other, more verifiable claim: that the Sharks have more playoff experience than the Blues have and this matters. I know it matters, I believe the Sharks have more experience, but sometimes I like to make lists anyway.
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.
It wouldn’t be ridiculous to say that the stars were aligned so the Sharks would win Thursday. Statistically, Dallas was expected to lose. But the Sharks haven’t really been following statistical rules lately, have they? So better to say they are following some metaphysical pattern that we can’t quantify. Maybe Cancer got shot up by a meteor shower and all its children are still picking up the pieces.
Most Sharks had good reason to be a little cranky, impatient, even pissed off with themselves. Were they angry at each other? Of course not, hockey players don’t get angry with teammates. In any case, one would hope they’d had enough of losing and were ready to win.
All I needed from the Sharks Thursday was to not lose to another team they should beat. Their recent outings had lowered the bar for what I required from a Sharks game. I won’t put the Panthers in the class of “teams Sharks should beat handily” just yet. But there were the Habs too. Sure, the Sharks beat them. That was fun but it could have been less suspenseful. Minnesota? Yeah, they’re doing pretty well but there’s no reason to think the Sharks can’t beat them. Every time.
I tune in a little late and then start writing because if the Sharks lose I hate writing about it, better to start before it happens. I see the lineups flash across the screen.
Wow, I did not see that coming, 7D and no Wingels. Mitchell on the second line I didn’t think about but I can see how that’s an option. Andrew Murray up on the the third line. Well, he has been very steady.
Andrew Murray gets smushed, Clowe takes issue with that. Randy says we would like to get the power play but you also like to see Clowe standing up for his teammate. Hm. I’ll take the power play for 2, Randy. Oh well.