After such an entertaining game, I don’t know why the need to pick on Havlat. I thought he had a good game. The guy I would pick on would be Couture. As much as I like him, he had a rough game.
so so so…where to start?
I guess start with the fact that I think we stole that one. I think LA played better with the puck, played better without the puck and generally skated harder and faster.
That said, I liked that we found a way to win. I love that TM saw exactly what i saw (wow, scrivens is weak on the deke) and played to that in his shooters. I liked the energy of the fourth line, and again, thought brown stood out for his effort, if not his execution.
Negatives, and maybe watching the replay(I was at the tank) will make me see it differently, but wow, some of those changes(particularly in the first) were gaudawful. Though it got better through the game, at some times it really felt like we were playing a man short. I DO NOT LIKE these defensive pairings. I like the idea of sitting demers, but hannan and stuart should not be paired. I’m not sure i have a solution, but none of the D pairings looked strong – and maybe that’s because no one seemed comfortable with their counterpart. I was practically grinding my teeth watching stuart catch passes along the boards on his backhand and fumble them….ugh.
I don’t think we stole it. I’d put it more it more like, we were fortunate to get the two points. And if it had gone the other way, I’d say LA was fortunate to get the two points. In other words, both teams had their moments, it was a pretty even match that could’ve gone either way. I watched on TV; at times, I was cursing at the Sharks; at other times, I was praising them. I imagine LA fans were reacting much the same way.
I can say, with equal certainty (which is to say, without much certainty), that the reason he’s not moving is because we’re not being offered what we (that is, Doug Wilson) thinks he is worth. From my other comment, you might have gleaned that I like Havlat. Given a chance, I think he will flourish.
Geat game. I’d run Hertl out there on the S/O earlier and more often.
Saw that Hithcock and Roy went at it after the game a bit last night
Couture still on the schnide no one wants to admit. Struggling
Agree about Havlat. Not a good game at all. Mentally, he appeared missing in action. And the shootout attempt was awful, broken stick or not. The puck was going to miss the net anyway. One of our best shootouts in awhile though. The Pavs and Boyler dekes were crazy good. We can’t simply rely on shooting the puck in shootouts. Good to see some of these guys dekeing and getting in close to the net. Clearly, they’ve been working hard to improve our shootout chances. Last night was another example of just how even SJ and LA are and how important home-ice might be at the end of the season. Great win though. I’ll take it.
Entertaining play-off type game. Momentum shifts, stellar goaltending, no-call officiating. PP needs to step up. The PK and goaltending were strong. Thought we responded well to the King’s surges. I wouldn’t rate it a steal…two very evenly matched teams.
Agree with most of this, though(now after watching it on tv after seeing it live) I still think LA played the stronger, more complete, game.
However, don’t agree on the ‘no-call officiating’ being a good thing. I think the reffing in general last night was atrocious. Blatant misses (like the interference on Desi in the center of the ice) or the trip on Hertl just shouldnt happen. Dan boyle’s 4 min highstick was probably the quickest 4min assessed i’ve ever seen (even on replay, i never saw the ref go to check out the injured king). Then there was the offside calls missed, and what about all those redrop faceoffs – what was that about?
I’m not going to say that the refs disadvantaged the sharks and certainly don’t believe in any kind of ‘conspiracy’, but i will say they were just very bad all-round and makes me think there needs to be some sort of public visibility on referee performance assessment.
Any thoughts about what to do with the PP? Change or leave alone?
I’m thinking the sharks have too many eggs in the basket in the first unit, and would rather see a more conventional split, something like:
in brackets, centers are marked(C) and shot(R or L). One thing this does is spread our great centers around a bit and gives them some more size on the first unit. I think you could also swap in/out some people based on game performance, like havlat or kennedy or maybe even add someone a little beafier to stick in front of the net…
Good question. I’d say leave it alone for now. These things are often cyclic. LA can’t score on their PP now either. In the past, TMac was effective at emphasizing the PP in practice and getting better results the more they worked on it. Getting sloppy with the puck like they have been is inexcusable. We have a few things to clean up but things may not be immediately better with St. Louie coming to town.
Who was that interviewing Nemo Post Game? Terrible job in My Opinion. I could see the blood boiling under Nemo’s skin when he was asking all the questions about the opposing Goaltender. Guessing he’s from LA??
Yeah, heard that. Nemo did seem to be getting a bit annoyed. Especially, when asked if he felt he had to elevate his game with the hot LA goalie coming to town(Scrivens). Not sure who the reporter was.
Just one of those games that you realize both team have goaltenders who give there team a win, both teams have people who love to shoot. You know there won’t be very many on goal shots. A hard well played game. Have you ever thought it is a nor cal, so cal game. Nobody wanted to lose the game. Then you went through reg game, overtime. and a eight round shoot out. How many times do you see a shoot out go more then three round.? This is why I have been hockey fan for 45 years.
Nemo handed it to him by saying, no, he doesn’t let someone like Scrivens cause him to raise his play, but if it was somebody well-known who Nemo looked up to, that might cause him to elevate his game
I’m thankful the Sharks are off on this holiday so my dinner didn’t get spoiled by our god-awful powerplay. It’s enough to make anyone sick to their stomachs.
McLellan has no idea what he’s doing when it comes to putting together a shootout lineup. You mean to tell me you’re going to put in that atrocious Havlat ahead of Hertl?
Please. It should be Logan, Hertl and Pavelski (if he is going to keep using that sweet fake he used last night).
I’m still extremely worried about special teams. Just awful really. Oh well, let’s see what we do against a good St. Louis team. smh
That was for sure not Couture’s best game. But keep in mind he has the toughest defensive assignments night in and night out. Kopitar is about as tough a Center match up as you are going to find. Over all I though Loco/Patty/Wingles had a decent game. Patty had a great skating night. Couture also logged a lot of tough PK mins. But it was a lower Grade performance than the standard of play Couch typically brings.
I kind of chuckle when I see Couture in and Jumbo out on the Canadian team predictions. Simply put, Jumbo is our best player.
The other thing that makes me chuckle, no consideration for Brent Burns. No one in our line-up — and perhaps no one in the league — creates the sort of havoc and mis-matches he creates. The injury likely left him off the radar screen, but he’s been a nightmare matchup for other teams and as he gets his game back, I think he’d be in the mix.