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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Captain Benchwarmer



I think Patrick Marleau and Ron Wilson need to go on an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch or something to work out their "issues" (or hell, call a freakin' marriage counselor or something). I noticed yesterday that Captain Patty wasn't on the ice for a good portion of the third period, though he did go out to congratulate Evgeni Nabokov once the game ended, killing any sort of injury theory.

No sir, our dear captain's ass was benched for the better half of the third period. In fact, according to the NHL's play-by-play log (since they got rid of the damn shift chart thing that was pretty awesome), the last time Patty was on the ice was during the BJ's second goal. After that, he might as well have been warming his mitts in Ralph Wilson Stadium, it's better than sitting his ass down in Ron Wilson's Doghouse.

Two schools of thought on the second goal: it's hard to blame Patty since he's got a broken stick, but at the same time, the iso-cam showed him hustling back to get a stick, but then kinda floating into the play. It's hard to judge whether or not he was just being lazy/stupid or if he was taking the winger's position at the point -- we'd need an overhead cam to get the whole picture for that.

9 comments:

MetroGnome said...

Vic from Irreverant Oilers Fans has cobbled together his very own version of the shift chart.

Find it here.

Ian said...

Honestly, I've loved watching Patty go from a promising rookie to an important offensive player to wearing the C and scoring big-time goals for the Sharks.

Anybody seen that guy? I think I saw him in Nashville last April, but then he was replaced by some sort of pod person in the Detroit series.

Really, the practical joke has gone on long enough. Come on, Wings, just give us the keys to the closet at the Joe where the real Marleau's been chained to a radiator, and we'll all have a hearty laugh, no hard feelings.

Anonymous said...

Oh Ian, best comment EVER! But sadly, it's to true. This cannot be a good sign for our his future on the team.

Anonymous said...

Dude, Marleau left the game sick.

Mike Chen said...

Anonymous, if that's true, I haven't read it in the recaps. I thought that maybe he was out with an injury or the flu bug going through the team in the third, but I saw him on the ice at the end. Hey, I could be wrong, and I think he's been playing well over the past few weeks. We'll see if there's any news about this in the upcoming few days.

PJ Swenson said...

No overhead cam shot of that play, but I added an ice level photo.

Anonymous said...

Sick huh? Has he been sick all year?

Anonymous said...

Ron Wilson said it after his press conference with the associated press. Regardless that last goal he could have nothing about it, same with the other two in the Calgary game, watch the tape.

Anonymous said...

Great post Mike. If the Sharks are turning into the Devils, then Marleau has no place on this team. Time to ship him out and get a veteran grinder who will do the dirty work Patty seems to be allergic to.