Sharks take team ranked 14th in the west to a shootout, finally win

27 Feb

I hate non-sequiturs, but hey, two points is two points.

San Jose finally won a game by beating the lowly Colorado Avalanche 3-2 that went to round four of the shootout. The two big stories of this game? The secondary scoring finally got going, and let’s face it, Semyon Varlomov was pretty fantastic tonight.

First off, how about that Sheppard-Burish-Galiardi line? Wow. James Sheppard is beginning to look like a legitimate threat in San Jose’s bottom six. And once the Sharks get Wingels back, I could see a very solid third line of Sheppard-Handzus-Wingels. And again, Jumbo showed why he is one of the best with that sick set up on Logan Couture’s goal 25 seconds into the game.

This game actually reminded me of a Sharks team from the last couple of seasons. There were a lot of shots, not necessarily a lot of goals, but a lot of time spent in the offensive zone. I know it sounds crazy, but you have to actually shoot the puck in order to score goals, and the Sharks did that tonight, peppering Varlomov with 41 shots. Now, let’s just see what happens when the Sharks face a legitimate opponent. And wouldn’t you know it? Detroit is coming to town on Thursday.

Hey, the Sharks win, so it looks like we’re not blowing up the team after all. But with Detroit and Nashville coming to town this week, it’s time to see what this team is really made of. A shootout victory against one of the worst teams in the league isn’t going to do much to quiet the doubters, but a trouncing of the Red Wings, followed by a huge offensive display against arguably the best goaltender in the league in Pekka Rinne would give this squad some much needed confidence, in addition to four more points in the standings.

A win is a win, and let’s just hope the Sharks keep doing what they’re doing, and keep going where they’re going.


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