Notice how I conveniently skipped blogging the game the Sharks lost? This is part of my master plan to inspire them to win more. I figured they’d be so shamed by my refusal to talk about them that they’d have to come back with a better game, and behold! It worked! Obviously the entire fate of the series rests in my hands.
1. What did we learn from last game? Getting 2 very early goals and trying to hold that for the duration is not necessarily a perfect winning strategy. Also, that the people of
2. Break out your train-themed puns, because it’s time to heap copious praise on Cheechoo. In spite of my lack of writing, I’ve watched pretty much every game in the playoffs barring those that were at contradictory times, and Cheechoo’s game-winner tonight was easily my favorite goal thus far, not just stylish and timely, but interesting- it’s going to get a lot of replay in the coming days, and well worth watching a couple of times for the sheer elegance of it. Toss in a couple of excellent defensive plays, and I’ve got my choice for first star.
3. This is not to deride the contributions of the Sharkses collectively. Praise and props to Lolita, who held them in it through a pretty miserable first period. Of course, nobody needs to be told that Thornton is… well, I’m still trying to come up with words for what exactly it is that he does, but he definitely does it better than anyone else. And we are continuing to love pretty much everything about Grier, the man’s just a very clever player. They’ve got habibi Rivet playing mega minutes, paired with McLaren now, and while he’s not finding his point shot as effective against the Wings as it was versus the Preds, he’s looking great defensively- so much so that I’m starting to hear the occasional Habs-fan whisper that we should try to re-acquire him (Fickle, fickle Habistanis, let him stay with the Sharks. He should, if they’ve got the money and the interest- I doubt he’ll be very expensive, and really, he works so much better in their style than ours). Poor Marleau, though, the effort was there but not the results.
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5. Still, all things being equal, I’d be much happier if SJ could figure out what the hell is up with the power play.
So up 2-1 now, which is not as good as 3-0 but certainly better than all the other alternatives. Hopefully they make the best of their very advantageous home ice and head back to