Well, that wasn’t good. No, that was way worse than not good. That was atrocious. The Sharks got beat by a Calgary team that is mediocre on its good nights.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch the entire game. I had to leave before the third period for my own hockey game (our team also only scored one goal). I’m also not one to call out players for their misgivings, but I’m fucking tired of this. There are common themes that continue to emerge game after game, and it’s time to call them out.
I find it ironic that Detroit’s epic anthem that they blast in Joe Louis Arena to cheer on their Red Wings is actually sung by a band from the Bay Area. I’m sorry, boys, but Journey’s allegiances lie here (“Oh I want to be there, in my city, by the bay”).
Enough 80s rock, let’s talk hockey. The Detroit Red Wings are coming into town after losing 2-1 to the L.A. Kings in a game where our favorite Sharks announcers, Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda, called the game for NBC Sports Network. I thought the guys did well, and hope we don’t lose them. Sharks games wouldn’t be the same without them.
If there’s a must-win game for the Sharks in this shortened season, it’s this one.
The Sharks are back in HP Pavilion where they are 5-1-2 on the season. They’re playing a Colorado Avalanche team ranked 14th in the Western Conference with 16 points (although to be fair, the Sharks sit at 9th in the West with 19 points). They shut out the Avs 4-0 in the Tank back on January 26. The Sharks haven’t scored more than two goals in seven games, and were shut out twice in that span.
Of course, the last time these two teams met, the Sharks’ offense was cranking at an insane pace, and Patrick Marleau was on his incredible goal scoring streak.
Needless to say, things have changed since.
Chicago beat San Jose in a game that blah blah blah blah. This story has been written too many times already.
San Jose had four power plays in this game. The total result? One goal against. The power play right now is atrocious, as the Sharks have only converted two of their last 46 opportunities with the man advantage, the last one coming in garbage time against Columbus. I think at this point, it goes without saying that San Jose lives and dies by the 5 on 4.
The Sharks looked good at the start of this game. They came out with intensity, they finished checks, they moved the puck cleanly through the neutral zone, and got some quality chances, especially from Ryane Clowe. Luckily, Patrick Marleau was able to slip one past Ray Emery late in the first, after a great rush by Joe Pavelski.
Chicago beat San Jose last Friday 4-1.
There’s no question that the Sharks can beat the Hawks. The question is, which Sharks team will show up?
Will the Sharks team taking the ice in Chicago tomorrow night be the team that’s always moving, both with and without the puck, the team that scores goals in bunches, or will it be the stagnant team that lacks the ability to get shots through to the net?
Tomorrow night is going to be huge. I don’t want to over exaggerate, but the outcome of this game can dictate the rest of this shortened season.