Month: April 2008

another quick thought on the sharks being down 0-3

Having this discussion with a buddy, and a bit more perspective on this: If Pavelski doesn’t blow a tire in game 2, is this an entirely different series? If the called-back goal last night early wasn’t blown dead? we’re down 0-3, and it could easily be 3-0 if four or five pieces of “bad karma” turn the other way, or a couple of posts go in. For all that it looks that the Sharks are done, the entire series turns on maybe four or five plays that didn’t go the Sharks way. A post here, a fast whistle, a lost edge. One or two of those go the other direction, this series is tied, or even Sharks up. It’s not “sharks bad” here, but “dallas good”. There are two teams on the ice, and right now, Dallas is getting the breaks AND taking advantage of them. Good to them. And the Sharks aren’t playing badly, they’re being beaten by Dallas, currently playing better. It’s kinda hard for me to get into the witchhunt that’s going to happen (starting with the canadian media that’s been hunting Ron Wilson and Patty Marleau all year beating the drums) when the real difference between the Sharks going to the final and the Sharks going to the tee seems to be a couple of posts, a fast whistle, a couple of penalty calls that...

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Second round predictions..

First round done, and frankly, that was some great hockey. Only one four-game series, showing Ottawa to be the only team that really shouldn’t have been in the playoffs (and my sympathies to my sens-fan friends, it was sad seeing the entire franchise melt down this season). six of eight series go six or seven games, and there’s been a lot of good, quality hockey. It’s so good people looking for things to complain about seem to be falling back on the reffing — and while the reffing isn’t perfect by any means, if that’s the worst you can find to complain about in the game, well, shut up and enjoy the ride.. (not that you will) Game 7 in San Jose was a classic. The Sharks came out and just seemed ready — something they don’t always do. Calgary tried, but the Sharks simply didn’t let them get much traction. Even when the Flames went up 2-1, it was my feeling that the Sharks attitude was “no big deal, we’ll be there at the end”. and they were. The Sharks are reminding me more and more of the Detroit Red Wings in their “machine” days, when it was obvious they knew they were going to win, almost daring you to beat them. The Sharks seem to be growing into that kind of mentality. My feeling going into the...

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Thornton, Sharks stun Flames in Game 4

Thornton, Sharks stun Flames in Game 4: Joe Thornton scored the winning goal on a deflection with eight seconds remaining as the San Jose Sharks rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of their Western Conference quarter-final series on Tuesday night. You really didn’t think it was going to be that easy, did you? Well, some of you did. And some of you have been alternately tossing yourselves off roofs or hyperventilating into paper bags. Of course, it’s the pundit’s job to encourage this kind of over-hyper-analysis — whether it’s blogs, newspapers or CBC, they have time to fill, and so of course they want to fill it with Serious Stuff. In reality, though, it still takes four games to win or lose a series. And that’s really the core of the San Jose/Calgary series: two really good, well-matched up, exceptionally well-coached teams in a seven game chess match. I got a number of emails from people after game 1 freaking, whe in reality, all that really mattered was a split in San Jose. And ditto game 3, when in fact until a team gets a third win or has a two win lead, it’s just part of the process. And now it’s best of 3, with two games in San Jose. San Jose had the “first game at home” jitters in game one...

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2008 Playoff predictions.

Still not at the point where I’m hockey blogging reliably yet, but wanted to get this in (and once I free up some time and energy, I have some stuff I want to get written….) So here’s my predictions for the 1st round and my picks for the cup final. One thing I can guarantee: gonna be some fun hockey in the playoffs. Western Conference: (1) Detroit vs (8) Nashville: seems like a no brainer, but Nashville’s had their number this year to some degree. However, Detroit has this ability to step it up in the playoffs, and it’ll be interesting to see how well they do that. Nashville is going to try, but I’ll take Detroit in 5. (2) San Jose vs. (7) Calgary: I don’t think the Flames can beat the Sharks. I do worry that Kiprusoff and Iginla can. If they choose to take over the series, watch out. I don’t think it’ll happen. Only the Sharks can beat the Sharks, and this year, they don’t seem to be planning on it. Sharks in 5. (3) Minnesota vs (6) Colorado: The western match that just doesn’t interest me much. I do think Colorado will take it, I don’t think either team gets out of the second round. Colorado in 6, but someone wake up the goal judges… (4) Anaheim vs (5) Dallas: Here’s the series I’m...

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