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Monday, April 28, 2008

The Stars toughest opponent: the Sharks or hubris?

From the sound of some Stars fans, you'd think that the Sharks never even showed up to this series and that NBC/Versus might as well make their reservations in Dallas and Detroit. It's amazing how a couple wins make people forget that the magic 8 ball picked the Stars in Game 1 (seriously, that was a pretty weak game) and that they were trailing heading into the third period of Game 2.

No doubt about it, the Stars are hungrier, which is weird since the Sharks are supposed to be like, the lions of the sea right? Seriously, San Jose should change their team name to something cuddlier. Why not a rather fitting swap of mascots with Anaheim?

All kidding aside, this series is far from over. At their best, the Sharks are a frightening blend of high end talent, solid character checking guys and (a sometimes) Vezina caliber goaltender. Considering their past playoff heart breaks, the Stars are the last team to think that their farts freshen the air like Febreze.

That being said, whattagame for the 'ol $5 Shake, eh? Bet he won't hear any chipmunk teeth jokes for at least .5 minutes after that impressive performance...

PS: If anyone knows where to find a good clip of the brilliant Zubov to Modano goal I would be grateful. The best I could find was part of a video recap on ESPN.com. Figured YouTube would have been all over this one (perhaps I simply need to hone my YouTubing...)


brokeyard said...

the Sharks are supposed to be like, the lions of the sea right?

Actually, Sharks are the bears of the sea.


Jeff J said...

...the brilliant Zubov to Modano goal...

Heh. "Sirjay Zubov."

Am I the only one who doesn't get this? Everyone is calling it the pass of the year.

To be sure, if someone constructed a list of great passes in the last decade or two Zubov would make several appearances. But I've seen the highlight a few times and this looked to me like a blind toss into the slot. 80% of the time it amounts to nothing, 10% of the time the other guys get a nice quick break out and 10% of the time it finds one of your teammates. This happened to be one of the latter and the recipient happened to be Modano.

jamestobrien said...

The "sirjay" was definitely a very ESPN kicking the NHL dog-like, but it at least included many of the big plays in that game.

Yes, I know it could be considered it a blind toss, but with that pirouette ...it was one beautiful blind, dangerous pass.v

Patty (in Dallas) said...

Believe me, this Stars fan isn't assuming anything. Every new game makes me more worried.

Flaco said...

Stars season ticket holder here, and I have to agree with Patty.

Don't know which Stars fans you've been talking to, but most of us are still waiting for the yearly epic FAIL that is the Dallas Stars

I am quite certain that the Sharks will win tonight anyway, just like the Ducks did in game 3.

P1 Nick in Austin said...

It might pain you Sharkies to do it, but you can see the pass in the full game highlights on the Stars site. Just go to dallasstars.com, and click on Stars vision, and click on the XM highlights box.

It was the best pass I've seen a Stars player make in quite some time. That was not blind. You can see him scanning the layout of the slot over his shoulder right before he corrals the puck... I'm just glad to have Zubie back.

Earl Sleek said...

It might pain you Sharkies to do it

Fyi, Nick. James O'Brien's our Stars specialist, while we struggle to figure out the borderlines of California. He definitely won't be pained seeing a good replay.

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