That blown lead — not missed tripping call — has Sharks shaking their head after 4-3 shootout loss | Working the Corners: For what it’s worth, nobody in the Sharks locker room seemed remotely satisfied with a well-played game that didn’t result in two points. No, it was a glum place after that 4-3 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars. And, as the print edition story linked in the right-hand column, emphasized the Sharks were beating themselves up for failing to hold onto a lead in the game’s final minutes. The good news: the last couple of games, the Sharks have been playing better. the guys brought in at the trade deadline have been definite helps. And now, they’re losing because of bad bounces instead of because their deserving to lose. That’s a step on the process a team often takes as it finds its way out of a slump. The bad news: they’re still losing, and this still looks to me to be the Sharks team we can expect to see for a while. I’m not seeing the “okay, we’re getting on a run and we’re clearing the table” out of this team yet. Although also on the good news side, Niemi seems to have mostly woken up from whatever nap he was taking. This is not yet a team that has “deep into the playoffs” written on...Read More
Month: March 2012
San Jose Sharks’ playoff quest hinges on improved defense, health of key players – San Jose Mercury News: So who are these guys? Are they the tight, efficient defensive team that totally shut down the NHL’s most productive offense in beating the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Tuesday night? Or are they the collective sieve that gave up 35 goals stumbling through a 2-6-1 trip. Give up that many goals, and you all but guarantee more losses than wins. The Sharks have 20 games — and if things fall their way, the playoffs — to provide the answer. But that “if” is what separates this season from the recent past and doubles the doubt that seems to surround the Sharks every spring. Short answer, yes, although they are showing a distinct capability of messing it up enough to miss given how tough the west is. Do I like the moves made at the trade deadline? Overall, yes. I like the three players (Moore, Galliardi, Winnick) Doug Wilson brought in. I think they’ll definitely help. I’m sad to see Jamie McGinn go, but he was something Colorado wanted, and I expect they’ll be happy with him. McGinn really matured this year, and showed himself to be a solid fourth going on third liner, but when his role was expanded and they auditioned him as a support player on the first and...Read More
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