Petshark: Talking Stick
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Saturday’s Stars @ Sharks game was certainly the most suspenseful 3 goal lead I can remember watching, but my memory is slipping lately. It was a shame to end it with a crummy, unproductive 5 on 3 power play, but the rest of the game was well-managed. The Stars didn’t bring their best to the game but everyone will have another go at it tomorrow. Fingers and toes crossed and all that.
This morning’s lines, for what tween-game-day lines are worth, were the same as in Saturday’s game. The Joes skated with Marleau, Havlat with Couture and Clowe. Your bottom six, hard to precisely label with numbers were: Wingels-Desjardins-Winnik and Galiardi-Moore-Mitchell.
On defense we saw White with Braun, Demers with Burns and Boyle with Vlasic. Murray, though chipper as all get out, was skating with Vandermeer so he is by no means a shoe-in to play tomorrow, not yet. The fifth line wore orange today. They were Ferriero, Winchester and Handzus.
Last night, Teemu Selanne scored his 66th career goal against the Sharks, in the 6th meeting this season. That’s three sixes. Lordy.
Jonas Hiller described the performance of the Ducks lately:
“Everybody is really motivated and we didn’t want to eliminate ourselves. We are still trying to play good hockey. We don’t want to just give up. That is what we did tonight, and that’s why we won.” -Sharks Talk
I thought that was interesting because lame ducks do not just give up, except on the long game. Knowing you have nothing left to lose is liberating and often frees people to do things they wouldn’t have done were they considering the next stage. But what the Ducks are doing it isn’t quite lame duck behavior.
I guess Couture had a talk with the puck ambassador. It was as if the puck leaped in his direction, first chance it got, full of apologies for the rude behavior of its Edmonton kin. This resulted in a very early lead for the Sharks.
Drew mentions that Galiardi “got comfortable” with his new team very quickly. That reminds me that, in my histrionics about losing a young dragon when McGinn was traded, it took me a while to notice that Galiardi was also born in the Year of the Dragon.
The thing I miss most while watching games on delay is the company of fellow fans online. I could go to a bar for real life company too, but then I would be watching it in real time which I don’t want to do since the Sharks won last time I watched with a healthy delay.
Back in March of 2010, the Sharks were trying to snap their worst losing streak in 13 years. They had lost five in a row and were preparing to face the Oilers. They lost that game.
“We’re not going to wake up tomorrow morning and say ‘Oh, we’re going to play better’....We need to get that belief back.” -Rob Blake, March 22, 2010 (archived article, Merc News)
They won the next four. Since then, they have repeated that losing streak once, including the loss to the Oilers and four wins after. What are the odds they can do it a third time? If I keep mentioning this pattern it’s because I cannot get over it, cannot believe it is happening again. At least it is almost over.
I try to think positively, remember to enjoy the trip, appreciate the scenery instead of obsessing about the destination. It is difficult. Tomorrow’s game is damn distracting.
Dan Boyle gave an injury update last night after the game:
“I don’t want to make it sound like an excuse, but [injuries have] been a factor. I had a broken foot there for a while, and it really hurt my skating. Just being healthy for me has been a big difference the last five or six games or so.” -Sharks Talk
“A big difference.” You don’t say.
Let’s go back a little ways in the saga of Dan Boyle explaining his troubles this season:
“The game’s changed,” he said. “Everybody’s playing the same way – the neutral zone is pretty much eliminated, which is where I get a lot of my offense. Everybody just fires long bombs, chipping it in. It’s just a little bit more frustrating for me.” -Working the Corners, Nov 27, 2011
There’s that. Maybe Boyle was in the painful process of updating and revamping his style of play. Or maybe his sticks were too long and he had a broken foot.
Oh what a difference a week can make. A diligent fan should follow her team wherever they go, even off the rails. So here I go.
A week ago tomorrow, I was at The Tank watching the Sharks tear a win from the Blackhawks, a win as indisputable as any rope pulling contest between my two Labs. But they did win. Since then, they lost two, Marleau moved back to the top line where it is rumored he will never score again. Dan Boyle’s age has come up, and by association, Douglas Murray has aged half a dozen years in three days, revealing that he is, in fact, the portrait of Dan Boyle, doomed to age in his partner’s place. Boyle feels badly about that so his mojo is off, but he still doesn’t want to share the puck or the PIMs. With anyone.
On the flip side of that we have Mitchell, who was told by a woman in white that his hair and teeth will fall out if he shoots the puck, so he passes it whenever possible. Havlat has a horror of the number three ever since seeing Seven, so being moved to the third line rendered him pale to the point of invisibility. Niemi has contracted sloth syndrome (not the sinful mess kind, the cute but slow-moving furry tree-hugging kind).