After a 20 minute puck drop delay due to the stupid Blackhawks game (which made me miss the first L.A. goal), the Sharks finally started their season on my television. And I gotta say, it wasn’t a bad way to start. Although as we know from last year, winning the first game of the season in L.A. is no guarantee of success. At least this time there’s no banner hanging ceremony to deal with…
After giving up his first goal as a Shark on the very first shot he faced, Jones settled into the game and showed why he was so coveted in the offseason. This is a dude who is young, athletic and just about to hit his prime. If he can play at this level consistently over the season, the Sharks will be just fine.
The Penalty Kill
This tweet sums it all up.
The Sharks went 6-6 on the PK.
Captain Pavelski (and the entire top line)
In his first game as Captain, Pavs looked absolutely fantastic, deflecting in a Brent Burns shot in the first, then scooping up a nice rebound in the second (later given to Donskoi). He also set up Burns on a wicked wrist shot that flew past Quick before he knew what was going on. Totally rad.
We Sharks fans have only been saying for years that it might be nice (and effective) to FORECHECK. DeBoer has the boys playing aggressive and wow, what a difference. L.A. had no answer for it, and that was awesome.
Donskoi. Hertl. Tierney. Goodrow. All these guys looked good, especially Donskoi. He was constantly in the right spot on the ice, and is going to really shore up that top line nicely.
The Second Line
OK, if I really have to pick something to criticize, the second line was less than stellar. But that’ll happen when you spend most of your time against the Kopitar line. Plus getting punched in the face by Dustin Brown doesn’t help. Honestly though, when the top line plays as well as it did, it’s hard to look as good. This new Marleau-Couture-Ward line is going to be fine.
As if seeing ten commercials for these guys and Fan Duel every break isn’t enough, now they’ve got dasherboards! Watching sports this season is going to be rough.
Sorry for the crummy resolution.
Fuck Dustin Brown. Seriously, this guy is a roach who shouldn’t be playing in the league, and please God never ever again for Team USA.
Also, Milan Lucic, a guy who looks like the love child between Stallone and a bloodhound. The best part is that he’s not even the worst on the ice.
Next game: Saturday, Shark Tank, 7:30 vs. Ducks. Ew…getting all the turds out of the way early.