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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Game 4 Thoughts From San Jose

Random thoughts from San Jose/Detroit Game 4...

  • Anyone else tired of seeing the Sharks show up for about 1/2 the game? If they even amped that up to 2/3 or 3/4 of the game, they'd be up 3-1. If they showed up for the whole game this whole series, they would have won already. Way to shoot yourselves in the foot, guys.
  • To the angry old dude who sits behind me at the Shark Tank: I understand your frustration, but punching the wall 10 times won't make the Sharks play better. It may, however, break your hand and make you feel really stupid. Try anger management and/or meditation. Or go the Mark Bell route and drink.
  • Plenty of people are pissed off at Patrick Marleau for disappearing, but am I the only who thinks that he's injured? He was never 100% after he took a few games off about 3/4 of the way through the season, and has been up and down since then. Watch his shifts -- he's gingerly going into the boards and not shooting. His speed is missing too. Four or five years ago, I would have just figured that was apathy. The past two seasons, he's been too consistent to disappear that much. That tells me that there's at least SOME injury he's hiding. If it's a reoccurence of his back injury from earlier this season, that would make some sense, as that can affect both skating and how much strength you can get out of your upper body.
  • But that still doesn't excuse Marleau for being out of position on that game-tying goal.
  • And that doesn't excuse the D for being out of position on that game-tying goal.
  • Neither team has put in a consistent effort throughout this series. Does that mean there's an ebb and flow to who's better or does it just mean that both teams are coasting from time to time? There's been huge amounts of apathetic and/or stupid play from both sides, which makes me think the latter.
  • Ron Wilson likes to use video to motivate his team. Maybe he should show them clips of the Islanders going all-out for Ted Nolan.
  • Please, shoot on the power play. Better yet, follow my keys to Game 3 and apply them the rest of the way.
  • Even though it's a three-game series with two at the Joe, I'm not jumping off a bridge just yet. The Sharks have given these games away, meaning that they were in control for most of the time. They know they can win at the Joe and they know that when they show up -- such as the third period of Game 3 -- they're the better team. Two consistent efforts, that's all I'm asking for.

5 comments:

Earl Sleek said...

Two consistent efforts, that's all I'm asking for.

Sure, but as soon as you get those, you'll be asking for four more. :)

Anonymous said...

"Anyone else tired of seeing the Sharks show up for about 1/2 the game?"

The same could be said about the Wings. If the Wings showed up for a whole game, this Series would be over. If the Sharks showed up for a while game, this series would be over. I was expecting more from this series - I still call Wings in 6

Bartcal said...

The players keep saying these kinds of losses are "learning experiences." They must need some extra tutoring, because the Sharks obviously haven't learned from their past mistakes.
It's just so frustrating to watch!

Mike Chen said...

I think Mark Messier needs to be their new tutor. Maybe they could all get a one-day version of his Leadership Camp.

Ian said...

I think Mark Messier needs to be their new tutor. Maybe they could all get a one-day version of his Leadership Camp.

Which Messier? Oilers and Rangers part 1 (ie the good Messier leader), or Canucks and Rangers part 2 (demanding ice-time his play didn't warrant, and undermining the coach leader)?

I think Marleau needs to be a little more of a Sakic-type leader, as that suits his style. A working definition of "leader"? His team wins, and he's a big part of it. Hasn't happened so far this series.

Marleau, Guerin, and Rivet have let their play slip a lot (especially Rivet in game 4). Or in the case of Guerin, he's still looking for his game....