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May the Road Rise Up to Meet You
It is time to put down my talking stick and admit that I've taken up residence at the Cow Palace. It's all good.  If you have enough saddle blankets under the sleeping bag, the concrete floor isn't too cold. No, no, no, I'm not working for the Bulls, I'm just…
Posted by petshark on 03/16/13 | Comments 1

Todd McLellan is a genius
McLellan is an outside-the-box-fearless genius for solving a problem with the pieces at hand instead of waiting for new ones. That declaration is contingent on him keeping Brent Burns at forward. Failure to continue doing so will trigger revocation of said genius status and an indefinite stay inside the box.…
Posted by petshark on 03/15/13 | Comments 0

‘Twixt the cup and the lip
Are these recent Sharks' losses nothing more than a slip, a dribble away from being wins?  Are the Sharks just a flinch away from team fusion? There was a spell during last night's game that made me want to cover my eyes, but I couldn't look away either.  Okay, yes…
Posted by petshark on 03/13/13 | Comments 0

Peter Sivak
Peter Sivak was the first player signed by the San Francisco Bulls, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  A quick google search for "Peter Sivak" will turn up several mentions of one of the fastest goals in professional hockey history.  Whether it was 5 seconds from the faceoff, 4.8…
Posted by petshark on 03/11/13 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by petshark on 03/11/13 | Comments 0

In-confidence
One does not simply walk into the NHL. To get there, your confidence has to overcome challenges as pesky as orcs, possibly as ferocious as uruk-hai. Certainly there's a spider big enough to suck the last drop of self-assurance out of you, you had to have seen her along the…
Posted by petshark on 03/11/13 | Comments 0

Never Disappointed
“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar That seems like good advice, doesn't it?  Of course if you recognize that it's from a story about a descent into madness and all kinds of sad, you might need to rethink that assessment. The…
Posted by petshark on 03/09/13 | Comments 0

Winsome
Brad Stuart hasn't given anyone reason to regret that he's a Shark again, but last night he made a particular splash with some extra gritty play and a charming grin to show off the dental work he got during the game.  Stuart made an excellent ambassador for a team that…
Posted by petshark on 03/06/13 | Comments 0

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. …
Posted by petshark on 03/04/13 | Comments 0

The Sharks’ Confidence looks SOG-gy
Did the Sharks lack confidence through February?  Well, obviously, but in what?  What has been dragging them down?  Have they dealt with "it" yet? I had a thought yesterday morning, stemming from something one of the Bulls said to me weeks ago.  He mentioned that the offensive game comes first…
Posted by petshark on 03/03/13 | Comments 0

Practice what you preach
Many years ago, I trained a horse that was so smart it was difficult to train him.  He learned everything instantly.  Half the time, I didn't realize what I was teaching him.  "Seriously?" I wondered, "Is he really shaking his head every time I scratch my nose?  Does it matter…
Posted by petshark on 03/01/13 | Comments 0

Happy day, through a glass darkly
Tuesday afternoon, I heard Walking on Sunshine on the radio and it stuck in my head. I heard a whole lot of songs after that, but I couldn't wash it out. I also felt unaccountably cheerful, sort of the way the Sharks looked at the morning skate. Part of me…
Posted by petshark on 02/27/13 | Comments 0

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,…
Posted by petshark on 02/25/13 | Comments 0

Everyone’s a critic
“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.” -Kurt Vonnegut I once had a professor explain the difference between criticism and criticising.  The first is an attentive…
Posted by petshark on 02/24/13 | Comments 0

The Sharks: Losing Mind Games
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…
Posted by petshark on 02/23/13 | Comments 3

What difference does a coach make?
In the wake of Lindy Ruff being fired, it seems like a good time to talk about one of my pet peeves in the coaching area.  Oh, who am I kidding?  It has nothing to do with Ruff or McLellan or any head coach.  It's all about the "surprising revelation"…
Posted by petshark on 02/21/13 | Comments 0

Too Many Men
You'll need more than three guys to outnumber Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Why do you think he has three names? Wow, Murray came in fast to get that icing call. How often does that happen?  More often this season than last to be sure.  "Oh that's not speed, it's just..." What?  Good…
Posted by petshark on 02/20/13 | Comments 0

Even Steven, don’t wait for Nate
The Sharks recalled Matt Pelech again, and placed James Sheppard on IR.  That last is based on the Sharks' online roster, which I'm not sure I can rely on.  Tim Kennedy has gone missing from that same roster, but maybe he wasn't there to begin with.  I haven't been checking…
Posted by petshark on 02/18/13 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by petshark on 02/18/13 | Comments 0

Flatlining, or where did the fourth go?
That's six. I hate to think what the farmer's new bride would do to the person who crossed her six times, but I'm sort of relieved that the Sharks got this out of the way. If they were mystified about why they lost again, after doing so many things so…
Posted by petshark on 02/13/13 | Comments 2

Every which way to lose
Holy flashbacks, Batman.  This is what Sharks fans mean when they say "these are the same old Sharks," when they start making suggestions like the ones described in this tweet: @BroThornton: bring back irwin! trade marleau! go back to the cow palace! It was the sort of game that leaves…
Posted by petshark on 02/12/13 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by petshark on 02/11/13 | Comments 0

Too familiar by half
The pre-game transaction news gave me more to think about than yesterday's game, and it wasn't unexpected news at all:  Burns activated, Irwin reassigned, Petrecki waived.  All this was bound to happen.  As for the game, I couldn't decide whether the Sharks were all playing with flu symptoms, or if…
Posted by petshark on 02/10/13 | Comments 2

Sharks practice: here a change, there a change
If Burns is practicing next to Stuart, what does that mean?  The other d-pairs were: Murray-Irwin, Boyle-Vlasic, and Demers-Braun.  So, a Stuart-Burns pair could mean something is going to be different tomorrow.  Take your choice: Murray and Irwin sit, or Demers and Braun sit, (I had to take a second…
Posted by petshark on 02/08/13 | Comments 0

The Sharks’ missing Ds
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…
Posted by petshark on 02/06/13 | Comments 0

It looks like the Ducks, it sounds like the Pond…
I'd really have to see them walk to be sure.  These don't seem like the Ducks we all knew, didn't like, and that the Sharks could usually beat back in the day.   Last season was one thing.  The Ducks beating the Sharks so often seemed like one of many very…
Posted by petshark on 02/05/13 | Comments 0

Ex-Sharks on the move, minor grudge match tonight
Some ex-Worcester Shuttle frequent flyers have been on the move lately, and for some reason this is as interesting to me as pre-game thoughts about the Sharks in Anaheim.  I have only one thought about tonight's game: the Sharks need to avenge that near loss they suffered at home on…
Posted by petshark on 02/04/13 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by petshark on 02/04/13 | Comments 0

Swim. The fall didn’t kill you
The Sharks eased into the end of that winning streak.  There was no sudden crash, though the Ducks game certainly came close.  The team went through a nice smooth arc: Win, WIN, WIN, Win, win, shootout win, shootout win... loss.  See how they kept getting closer to losing?  If you…
Posted by petshark on 02/03/13 | Comments 0

Unassisted
It's fairly unusual to have no assists given when a team scores four times in a game, especially when they are the only goals that team scored.  It almost makes you think of the dread hazard: "playing like individuals instead of a team."  In the case of the Sharks last…
Posted by petshark on 02/01/13 | Comments 0

All good things
Jason Demers is ready to play. He took slapshots Tuesday and Wednesday, and spent some extra time working with both Larry Robinson and Jim Johnson after Tuesday's practice.  Wednesday, he was practicing with a power play unit.  That would argue for Demers being in sooner than later.  My guess is…
Posted by petshark on 01/30/13 | Comments 0

Pre-game notes, Ducks @ Sharks 1/29/13
The reports about Jason Demers and Brent Burns should be considered positive developments.  The reports I mean are things like: Jason Demers practiced with the team and took line rushes with Matt Irwin this morning while Nick Petrecki and Brent Burns skated together. Still, McLellan stopped short of declaring Demers…
Posted by petshark on 01/29/13 | Comments 0

The checklist: things to track while your team is just winning
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…
Posted by petshark on 01/28/13 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by petshark on 01/28/13 | Comments 0

Dumb and dumber, or what not to wear
There was some fuss after Brad Stuart's hit on Gabriel Landeskog during the Saturday game in San Jose.  There were two things about the fuss and the subsequent penalties that made me think "dumb, and dumber." I am no expert on NHL hits, but Stuart's hit reminded me of a…
Posted by petshark on 01/27/13 | Comments 5

Patrick Marleau: still smokin’
With tedious regularity, Patrick Marleau scores two goals. Of course it's not tedious at all, it's a beautiful thing. Someone should write a song about it. He scores two goals in Alberta, And two in the next game. He scores two goals before he scores two goals, And then...* Well,…
Posted by petshark on 01/26/13 | Comments 2

What’s got in to Patrick Marleau?
Brad Stuart predicted this. Yesterday, David Pollak published some quotes from Brad Stuart about his career and about the Sharks, what he saw while he was here the first time, and what he saw playing against San Jose later.  One of those answers might explain this mind-boggling start from Team…
Posted by petshark on 01/25/13 | Comments 0

A busy road trip for the Sharks
Two games, two cities, two wins by three goals each, a new player.  Busy few days for the Sharks. Such games can make a fan base hungry like an infusion of MSG.  Raise the bar that way and folks are more happy than grateful.  They say things like "where were…
Posted by petshark on 01/23/13 | Comments 0

What’s old is not new
Last week I wondered who would start better, older players or younger ones in the NHL?  That's what I was wondering as I watched the Sharks win their first game of the season.  The win was terribly exciting and a lot of fun to watch.  The joy and excitement even…
Posted by petshark on 01/21/13 | Comments 0

Try, try again: Bulls get it right the second time around
I attended the Bulls game as a ticket holder last Sunday with a bunch of friends.  We had a wonderful time, though watching the Bulls get beaten by Bakersfield put a damper on it.  I went ahead and bought an orange hoodie.  I don't buy much fan gear but I can…
Posted by petshark on 01/20/13 | Comments 2

Sharks here and there
Where are the Sharks?  Of course they are in Calgary, about to play a game. But where do they stand now, with camp all wrapped up?  It might have something to do with where they have been.  I asked several players over the course of the week about the pros…
Posted by petshark on 01/20/13 | Comments 0

The glass wall
The names of the players on the mostly final Sharks roster are out there by now. By association, the names of the players who were sent back down are also known to Sharks fans: John McCarthy, Bracken Kearns, Matt Pelech, and Matt Tennyson.  The Worcester Sharks are playing right now.…
Posted by petshark on 01/18/13 | Comments 0

Two scrimmages and finding Mash
I was in a city named Read.  There was a festival going on, something like a Dickens or Renaissance Fair.  The city had winding cobbled streets on steep hills.  I kept bumping into people from my Twitter feed.  Jewel Staite was singing an operetta on an open air stage.  A…
Posted by petshark on 01/16/13 | Comments 3

Sad news from Sharks on the passing of George Gund III
George Gund III, the first owner of the San Jose Sharks, passed away this morning at the age of 75.  The Sharks sent out a press release that read, in part: George Gund III will always have a special place in the hearts of Sharks fans for his role in…
Posted by petshark on 01/15/13 | Comments 0

Sharks camp day two: “As quick as we start”
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…
Posted by petshark on 01/15/13 | Comments 0

Training camp opens: it’ll be over before you know it
Are the Sharks ready?  Is anyone?  I had to decide not to go to training camp today since I had plans to go with friends to a Bulls game.  It takes us months to find a date that works for all of us, so I don't have regrets there.  But…
Posted by petshark on 01/13/13 | Comments 0

Demers and Braun on Finland
Two Sharks defensemen went to play in Finland during the lockout.  Oddly, they both returned with hand injuries and probably won't be available to start the shortened season.   The only thing that would make it more odd would be if it was the same hand.  It isn't.  Jason Demers has…
Posted by petshark on 01/12/13 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by petshark on 01/11/13 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by petshark on 01/10/13 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by petshark on 01/07/13 | Comments 0

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