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AHL/ECHL Monday Mentions, March 11

AHL:

News that I completely missed last week: Sena Acolatse is back in the Worcester lineup, has been since March 1st.  I may be inattentive but I think that is exciting, awesome and a good thing for the Sharks.

Worcester only played two games since last Monday, a relatively leisurely schedule for the AHL.  Saturday, Sebastian Stalberg scored the only first period goal to give the Sharks the lead over the Providence Bruins.  The Sharks had a fair chance to take a two goal lead when James Livingston was awarded a penalty shot but Bruins' goalie Niklas Svedberg stopped that.  The Bruins came back in the second to score two power play goals and take the lead away.  A couple of minutes later, James Livingston tied the game back up.  In the third, the Bruins retook the lead and it wasn't until 19:00 of the regulation that John McCarthy tied it again.  The game went to a seven-round shootout that the Bruins won with goals from Craig Cunningham and Trent Whitfield.  The one Sharks shootout goal was scored by Denny Urban.

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AHL/ECHL Monday Mentions, March 4

AHL:

The Worcester Sharks had a lukewarm weekend.   Perhaps it was closer to tepid.  They lost two of three games in three days.  Friday they played at Providence, scoring first but losing 3-1.  That first goal was a short handed tally by Marek Viendensky, at 19:15 of the second period.  It held up until the mid-point of the third period when the Bruins tied the game.  The Bruins scored two more in the last three minutes of the third, including an empty netter.  The final SOG count was 23-19 Bruins, Alex Stalock made 20 saves.

3/1/13 scores & saves:
Worcester: Marek Viedensky(2)(SHG).  Alex Stalock made 20 saves for the Sharks.  The Sharks power play went 0/4, their penalty kill 5/6.
Providence: Kyle MacKinnon(10)(PPG, Tardif, Cunningham), Alden Hirschfeld(3), Trent Whitfield(5)(ENG, Hanson, Exelby)

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AHL/ECHL Monday Mentions, Feb 25

AHL:

The Worcester Sharks started the weekend badly but it ended well.  Friday they lost at home, 7-2 to the Manchester Monarchs.  Worcester goals were scored by Matt Tennyson (PPG, Irwin, Kearns) and Jon Matsumoto (Kearns, Doherty).  Harri Sateri made 24 saves on 31 shots.  The power play went 1/3, the penalty kill 4/5.  Everyone who suited up for the Monarchs scored, so I'm going to skip them.  (Not really, only 1/3 of them not counting the goalie, and even he got an assist.  I'm still skipping them.  If you really must see the scoring carnage, go to the AHL site.)

As mentioned, things got better from there, with the Sharks winning Saturday 4-1, again at home, this time against the Portland Pirates.   Worcester goals were scored by: Danny Groulx (Tennyson, Oleksuk), Bracken Kearns(13) (SHG, McCarthy), Jimmy Bonneau(1), Matt Tennyson(5) (Livingston, Viedensky). Worcester's power play was an abysmal 0/6, but their penalty kill was perfect at 6/6.  Stalock made 36 saves for the win.  His shutout was spoiled in the third period by Portland's Phil Lane(5) (Klinkhammer).  For Portland, Mike Lee made 11 saves on 14 shots, and Louis Domingue made 22 saves on 23 shots.

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AHL/ECHL Monday mentions, Feb 18

AHL:

The Worcester Sharks played three road games last weekend, but only won one.  Friday, their seven power plays went scoreless against the Springfield Falcons (AHL affiliates of the Blue Jackets).  The Sharks killed seven of eight penalties.  The lone goal for the Sharks was scored by Daniil Tarasov, with assists to Danny Groulx and Adam Comrie.   It was Tarasov's fifth of the season.  Harri Sateri made 27 saves on 29 shots.  LW Tommy Grant and defenseman Denny Urban were second to Tarasov in shots on goal, with four each.

Saturday, the Sharks traveled to Glenns Falls to  play the Adirondack Phantoms (AHL affiliate of the Flyers).  They came away from that with a 3-2 win.  They scored on one of their two power plays, and killed four of five penalties.  Sharks goals were scored by Jon Matsumoto (PPG, Kearns, Urban), John McCarthy (Hamilton, Viedensky), and Freddie Hamilton (Groulx, McCarthy).  Alex Stalock made 26 saves on 28 shots for the win.

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AHL/ECHL Monday mentions, Feb 11

AHL:

Last week, the Worcester Sharks played two games in Newfoundland against the Ice Caps.  The Sharks won both games, 3-2 and 4-0.

Tuesday's game was a nail-biter.  Daniil Tarasov opened the scoring at 1:32 of the first with assists from Tim Kennedy and Bracken Kearns.  The Sharks gave up a short-handed goal to Jason Jaffrey (assist to Maxime Macenauer) in the middle of that period.  Then the teams went scoreless through the second, each team taking an assortment of penalties.  At 6:31 of the third period, Jaffrey scored a power play goal for St. John's (assists to Raymond Sawada and Derek Meech).  The Sharks didn't get that goal back until 16:42, with a power play goal from Bracken Kearns (assists to Tim Kennedy and Denny Urban).  Less than two minutes later, Tarasov scored the game winner with 1:31 left in the game (assists to Kearns and Kennedy).  The Sharks scored on one power play out of three and they killed four of five penalties.  Harri Sateri made 30 saves for the win, Eddie Pasquale made 29 saves for the Ice Caps.

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AHL/ECHL Monday mentions, Feb 4

AHL:

The performance of the Worcester Sharks recently inspired one of their close observers to tweet this:

@210Darryl: I think it's time for some changes for the #WorSharks...this team has way too much talent to be playing this poorly.

The Worcester Sharks only played two games last week, due in part to the AHL All Star break.   The first game was Friday in Portland, against the Phoenix Coyotes' AHL affiliate the Pirates.  They lost in a shootout, with goals from Tim Kennedy (PPG, assists to Tarasov and Kearns) and Daniil Tarasov (assists to Urban and Kennedy).  It was Kennedy's 13th goal of the season, Tarasov's 3rd.  Harri Sateri stopped 28 shots before the shootout, where he was beaten by the Pirates' Chris Brown.  Worcester's power play went 1/9, their penalty kill was 6/7.  Goals for the Pirates were scored by Rob Klinkhammer (assists to Lane and Sinkewich) and Ethan Werek (PPG, assists to Klinkhammer and Summers).  Pirates goalie Mike Lee made 36 saves for the win.

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AHL/ECHL Monday mentions

AHL:

Friday, January 25: The Worcester Sharks defeated the Springfield Falcons 3-1 in Springfield.  The Falcons' Scott Howes opened the scoring at 3:07, with assists to Brian Helmer and Andrew Joudrey.  Tommy Grant, acquired by San Jose in the Brandon Mashinter trade, tied the game just over a minute later with an unassisted short handed goal.    It wasn't until the mid point of the second that James Livingston scored to give the Sharks a lead.  The lone assist on his goal went to John McCarthy.   Early in the third, Daniil Tarasov scored a power play goal, with help from defensemen Danny Groulx and Denny Urban.  Harri Sateri made 21 saves for the win, Worcester finished with 18 shots on goal.  

Saturday, January 26:  The Worcester Sharks hosted the Providence Bruins in Worcester's final game before the AHL All Star break.   The game went to the seventh round of a shootout, with the Bruins picking up the extra point for a final score of 4-3.  The Bruins scored three goals in the first period, leaving the Sharks to crawl back from a two goal deficit through the rest of the game.  According to Darryl Hunt, the game should not have made it to overtime:

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The Bulls lose to Idaho and Guimond is on his way to Worcester

The Bulls fell to the Idaho Steelheads last night, 2-1.  The Bulls took an early lead, but Idaho outshot them through the game so it wasn't a terribly surprising outcome.   What was surprising was how composed the Bulls looked, despite the condition of their roster.

Tarasov and Tam have gone to Worcester, Crescenzi and Devane went back to Toronto, Viedensky is still injured... add to that, several players had flu symptoms.  They had every excuse to really fall apart.  Yet the game was a good, balanced, defensive game with neither team giving the other a lot of room.  Of the team's performance, Alternate Captain Scott Langdon said:

I think we had good possession in their end, I think we had a good forecheck.  Sometimes you just can't put the puck in the net for whatever reason... It'd be different if we spent the whole game in our own end but we didn't so we just have to move on to the next one. 

Sacha Guimond was loaned to Worcester today, so that leaves another hole in the Bulls defense.  That hole will be even bigger as Scott Langdon was suspended for last night's hit on Idaho's Mathieu Tousignant:

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The game goes on: more to do in less time for Sharks

A couple of days ago we got news that Katie Moore, wife of Dominic, passed away.  I can't think of any words to make sense of this sorrow.  Dominic tweeted a few words yesterday:

@mooredom: I'd like to express our deep appreciation for the overwhelming care and sympathy we have received since my wife's passing on Monday. The example Katie displayed throughout her life and in particular during her illness is a source of continued strength and inspiration, as is the love and support of those around us. Donations can be made to the future Katie Moore Foundation at katiemoore.org

The outpouring of support and condolences has been recognized and appreciated, but I can't help thinking it is better that the family was able to go through the ordeal without any public attention.  I do think the hockey community gives people their space in such times, but on hearing the news I was reminded and glad of it.  In the case of such an awful loss, it is a good thing if the family can be together without distraction.  Healing thoughts to the family.

According to Doug Wilson, the Sharks don't anticipate many roster moves:

...with a 48-game season expected to begin Jan. 19, there's less time than usual for newcomers to become familiar with the Sharks' approach to the game and terminology used by the coaches. "We brought in 10 players a year ago," he said. "I wouldn't want to be bringing 10 players into a short and compressed season." -Mercury News

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Unlocking the rosters: ECHL, AHL bracing for NHL training camps

It's a little like a combination lock being opened, the roster spinning that ECHL and AHL teams will have to do in the next week.  The CBA documentation may not be in order yet, but the roster shuffle has started in anticipation of NHL training camps opening this weekend.  The SF Bulls' Andrew Crescenzi and Jamie Devane will be heading back to Toronto tonight.  Who else will go?  Possibly one, or three more, according to this SF Weekly report.  Depends on whether or not the two from Toronto were counter there.

The Worcester Sharks of the AHL have  a lot of players out with injuries right now.  Off the top of my head: Tim Kennedy is likely to be out for some time.  Curt Gogol is still recovering from an ugly hit that resulted in a suspension many have deemed inadequate.  I didn't see it but I'll believe the reports.  Brandon Mashinter did not play in the last game, and a minor injury was mentioned.  Defenseman Sena Acolatse was also absent for the last game due to an injury.  Bracken Kearns, who did finish the game Sunday, was absent for a bit of that game getting his hand repaired after a fight.  So that could be not actually okay.  I know I missed someone in there, but the gist of it is that the Sharks' AHL team has all kinds of players missing right now.  NHL training camp can only shorten their bench.

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Last games of 2012

There are games going on today in the AHL, and the Worcester Sharks will be in one of them.  They play tonight at 7 EST against the Monarchs.  The Worcester Sharks' Friday game got some attention for suspense and spectacle, with the highlight goal from James Sheppard and the tenacity of Matsumoto to keep after that game winner.  But their Saturday game was memorable too, with Mashinter scoring after a very long dry spell, and a game winner on top of it.  Unfortunately, Sena Acolatse is likely to be out for some time, after being injured in that game.

The Bulls' last game of the year rivaled the season opener for attendance (8,000+), and they won handily to boot.  The Bulls owed Vegas one, after that regrettable visit to Nevada last month. That was a close game but it shouldn't have been.  With Scott Langdon back in the lineup, the team grabbed an early lead and went on to win 4-1.  Hans Benson was also back, and he left a mark or two on the game. Speaking of back in the lineup, or the lineup in general:

@Guimond15: "Flying all night ! Back in san francisco tomorrow #freshmind #misstheboys #playoffhockeynow"

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What a lovely ballet: a little rant to pass the time

Stop patronizing me, NHL et al.  I'm not patronizing you, but then you don't have anything to sell.  Your shop doors are locked.

So just don't. NHL, don't pretend you're trying to avoid going broke.  I know you're just trying to get more on top of the very much you already get from the sport. NHLPA, don't tell me I'd do the same thing in your position, I can't even imagine being in your position.  Media, stop telling me this lockout is such a bleeding catastrophe because it leaves me without hockey to watch.  If you don't know there's plenty of hockey for me to follow, you haven't done your homework.  If someone is telling you you're not allowed to cover anything but major league sports, I'm sorry.  I can't help you.

It doesn't matter who I side with in the dispute.  I have no say.  Let me in the room, give me 20 minutes and a sturdy piece of lumber, I could probably sort it out for you but you wouldn't like it.  So don't apologize to me, you don't really care what I think.  I'm going to watch some hockey.

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Plenty of hockey today

The Worcester Sharks and the San Francisco Bulls both play today.  Last weekend was great for Worcester.  They won 2 of 3 and got the OT point in the loss.  Sunday's nail-biter featured a 0-0 tie all the way into a shootout, against the Manchester Monarchs who currently sit well above Worcester in the AHL Conference standings.   Stalock was in net for that one.  All that has to be good for morale.

The SF Bulls wrapped up their long road trip in Ontario on Wednesday night with a 3-1 loss.  It was not an easy road trip for them.  They haven't won since their second road game in Bakersfield on October 19.  Let's hope being home can restart the engine.

As has been reported, Ryane Clowe's agreement with the Bulls was made official and announced by the team.  It isn't clear yet whether he will play.  With more NHLers signing deals with ECHL teams this week (Setoguchi helped the Reign beat the Bulls on Wednesday), it would seem like a moot point.  Of course Clowe should play, if he wants to.  Or should he?

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Dumping Mr. Big, wildcat negotiations continue

Despite lack of evident progress in major league negotiations, hockey goes on.  Sure, we can expect the Winter Classic to be cancelled tomorrow, but that hardly qualifies as progress.  It represents a big loss for the sport and the league, but I don't know who believed the NHL was going to get out of this lockout without taking heavy losses.  Well, there was that one guy... Anyway, tough deal for Detroit and those Canadians who were looking forward to having a Canadian team in that game.  The catch to those losses is that however much money some teams lost under the old CBA, they can apparently afford to lose more.

@PollakOnSharks: "So, @RattoCSN, if it isn't about the product (and not arguing), this more about egos or some sort of collective economic suicide mission?"

May they lose to their heart's content-- not my problem.

It isn't easy for NHL fans to transfer their enthusiasm to minor.. err, development league teams.  There are statistics to tabulate and other impersonal ways of analyzing team performance, but most fans need to connect on some level with the players on the team.  We like to know their names, recognize their faces, be familiar with their playing habits.  If you explode the roster all over the planet, most people will have trouble feeling the same passion for a new team in a different league than they knew last season.   As a two-teaming fan whose loyalties extend to affiliated minor league teams, it should not be a big leap for me.

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Odds and ends and a kitten

I caught a wild kitten last week.  The folks at the animal shelter said he is just a couple weeks too old to be tamed.  I said what the heck, the Sharks are locked out, the Bulls are on the road, I'll give it a try anyway.  As I sat there with the three pound feline cornered, petting his back gently, trying to make purring sounds, I wondered if I could find a parallel between this process and the NHL CBA negotiations.  I got stuck on who is the tiny cat and who is the busy-body human.

Of course, neither side qualifies as a completely helpless, fearful little thing.  And both sides understand what they need the other for.  The kitten doesn't understand that making friends with people can double his life span and reduce stress dramatically.  It is a poor comparison.  Still, I will be keeping track of our relative progress, and I suspect my negotiations will end before the NHL's, even with the multi-year head start they have on me.  Really, this is all stuff they should have been thinking about ever since the last time they did this.  I concluded that the CBA negotiations are less like a rapprochement and more like two lions fighting over a kill.   They are not concerned with making friends.  Ironically, they aren't even that hungry.

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Sharks updates after one week of NHL Free Agency

At the arbitration filing deadline, T.J. Galiardi tried to make things a little interesting for Sharks fans.  The matter will not go to arbitration, as yesterday Galiardi announced on Twitter that he had signed a contract.  David Pollak confirmed that the contract is for one year.

I will also take the McCarthy and Matsumoto signings as confirmed despite no official word from San Jose.  Add to those, from the same source:

@210Darryl: “I can confirm that the #WorSharks have signed Ferris State goaltender Taylor Nelson to a contract. He will likely play in ECHL this season.”

John McCarthy’s name appeared on the Sharks web roster a few days ago.  Some days before that, Tim Kennedy’s turned up, though I could find no other mention anywhere that he had accepted the Sharks’ offer.   Surely someone told the webmaster to add his name, so I guess we can consider him signed as well.

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Sharks sign several (6?) players

NHL Free Agency 2012, Day Two

Monday, the Sharks confirmed that defenseman Matt Irwin and center Bracken Kearns had signed contracts for the upcoming season.  They also announced that goalie Al Stalock has accepted their offer, and that they have signed defenseman Danny Groulx, who returns to North America after two seasons in the KHL.  All those contracts are for one-year.

This evening, Lavoie tweeted out another Sharks signing, that of John McCarthy.  I’m on record as being a fan of McCarthy, so I was very grateful to Mr. Lavoie for delivering this news.  Since he was right about Kearns, I’ll believe him about this one too:

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4 or 5 like Braun

Cap Geek released the details of the new contracts for Andrew Desjardins (1 year, $640k) and Justin Braun (3 years with average cap hit of $1.25m).  Information about Tommy Wingels’ contract was released a little earlier, but to make the list complete, he has a 2 year contract with a cap hit of $775k.  Also made official yesterday was Brad Stuart’s contract, 3 years at $3.6m.

So, what next?  The Sharks are still looking for a winger or two, and they are a little cap heavy on defense.  Numbers-wise, there are only 7 NHL defensemen under contract.  If they decide they cannot have so much cap space wrapped up on defense, they will have to move one of the blue liners to get that winger they want.  “That winger…” Gee, where have I heard that before?  Oh well, at least they’re not shopping for defense.

Moving a defenseman out would leave them with Worcester prospects or someone from free agency to fill in the seventh spot.  How confident are they that they could go into next season with only Worcester players to fill in as the seventh defenseman?  Last season the team used all 8 defensemen, even called up a 9th at one point.  So, are the Sharks ready to start with only 6 proven NHL d-men now?

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The Worcester Sharks and the Stockton Thunder play today

The Sharks play the Kings tomorrow.  I don’t know about all Sharks fans but I’ll just hold my breath until then.  It would be nice to have Douglas Murray back in but, as he said, we don’t want him rushing back and having to leave the game again.

Sharks fans are still not showing universal, not even majority approval of Niemi’s performance lately.  That bad first goal in Dallas was vexing but I thought Niemi redeemed himself in advance.  It was nothing short of miraculous that the Sharks managed to score first after being pinned so long in their own zone to start the game.  Was it not as bad as it looked?  I must be biased and prone to panic.  But I credit Niemi with some of that non-scoring by Dallas.  Later, his timely save that preceded Thornton’s back-breaking goal was not beautiful and but it did the job.  No complaints here.  If the team’s confidence continues to grow, so will Niemi’s.

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New signings and other tween day bits

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.

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Groundhog Day rescheduled

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.

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Looking for wins

There are bounces and there are mistakes and there are travel delays and three games in four days and freak accidents and injuries… and the Sharks lose again.  I’m all out of anger and sorrow.  Despair starts to set in.  I walk away from the game, start doing the laundry and the dishes.  I can’t really walk away, I keep poking my head around the corner to peek at the tv, I keep hoping.  It doesn’t work out.

Later, Ryane Clowe said “We’re looking for wins…” (Sharks Talk)  That made me start humming “in all the wrong places….”  When I start humming country songs, I know I’m in a bad place, is that stale beer I smell?  I moved on to a better tune, that old standby from Monty Python.

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Sharks recall McCarthy, send others to Worcester

Niittymaki’s back in Worcester for conditioning.  McLaren’s on waivers, probably going to the Woo. Wingels joins Clowe on the injured list.  What does it all mean?

Nitty: maybe when he played in that first conditioning stint, he discovered he wasn’t 100% yet?  Maybe now he is?  Or… what, the Sharks wanted him elsewhere when the Tampa Bay scouts came to town?  Why?  They weren’t going to see him anyway, and they’ve seen him before.  Seems most likely a function of reconditioning, plain and simple.  No reason to “showcase” him in the AHL.

McLaren: maybe the team thought he did pretty well game before last, so he was back against the Sens.  I guess they rethought that after seeing him against the Sens.  I don’t know, didn’t seem like he did anything too dreadful.  He took a penalty, who didn’t?  I think he spent less time in the box than Pavs did.  I think anything sub-par from him would hardly stand out in the mess that was that game.

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Look on the bright side of loss

I did harp on how important the third period would be in last night’s Coyotes @ Sharks game.  I’d like to start with how obvious it was that the Sharks took the third period very seriously, worked hard and had their heads in the game, even if the first and the second periods slipped through the cracks.

I’d like to, but I have to settle for giving the team the benefit of the doubt and supposing they were trying really hard to get their act together, in some subtle way I just couldn’t see.  They were more frantic but no more effective.  After all, Thornton was bleeding from his face.  He must have been trying to do something.

The Sharks again outshot their opponent, in the second 2 periods by 11-5 and 13-7.  So they were doing something.

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