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Friday, October 10, 2008

Good Start...So Far So Good

Opening night is always a fun time. It was a little subdued, no laser light show or other pre-game theatrics. Can anyone tell me where the Sharks head was? The players skating out without it was kinda weird. It was nice to see an unveiling of another division banner but that is not the banner that we want.

The "new" style of play was pretty evident. Centers were driving toward the net and players seemed to be moving all the time. Somebody must of put a picture of Ron Wilson's face outside the crease as Patrick Marleau was actually seen in front of the net screening Giguere. The power play was generating scoring chance after scoring chance. Noticably absent from the half wall, Joe Thornton played more like a power forward. Last year it seems the power play was "let's get Joe the puck and let him create." Sure it is only one game but there was a decided effort to get the puck to the point and let Rob Blake fire away. Opposing defenses will have to start respecting our point men, which they never had to before. Even if Blake's shots were off target, just the threat of him back there seemed to give the forwards extra space. Dan Boyle seemed to never leave the ice and looked like the puck mover we have always needed. Good riddance Brian Campbell.

On a lighter note and Rudy should love this one. This guy behind me was explaining to his girlfriend about all the different players. When he got to Rudy's favorite Corey Perry here is his description: "That guy is a really good player, 50 goal potential, one of the best players in the league (all which is debatable)........but he is a real PRICK. That got me laughing. This weekend is a home/home with the Kings. Rob Blake's homecoming on Sunday night. It will be interesting to see the reaction he gets.


RudyKelly said...

Perry isn't a prick, he's just a douche bag. A prick is someone that you might actually fear, Perry is just an annoyance. You can read about it on Sunday. (dun dun dun)

I imagine the boos at Staples on Sunday will cause an earthquake.

Nut said...

Who do you think will get more boos, Blake at Staples or Sarah Palin at the Flyers game?

Earl Sleek said...

Remember back in the day (last spring) when the Sharks would win like 20 games in a row and Sharks bloggers wouldn't say a word about it, because they were all nervous about how it would fall apart in the postseason?

I won't say that I miss those days, but it does strike me that things have shifted a great deal in fan perception. It's just weird to hear such non-fatalism in a Shark fan's voice.

As for Perry, *shrug*. It's probably even more debatable if he's the biggest prick on the team.

Cheechew said...

Don't worry Sleek, the "sky is falling" blogs are coming. Probably Sunday night after the Sharks get swept by the Kings.

Earl Sleek said...

Don't rush it Cheechew, it's actually a nice change of pace. Shark fans do deserve to gloat a bit, rather than just grumble about how it isn't likely to repeat itself in the postseason.

As for the Shark Head, the only explanation offered was motor malfunction. But, as Pollak points out, it's better than a power outage and it hopefully gets fixed for Saturday.

Gray said...

I was more surprised by the complete and utter lack of lights in the hall as the Sharks came out than I was by the lack of Shark head.