Friday, April 29th, 2016

The Sharks: Game One


I don’t think the Vancouver players needed the confidence boost, but the fans in my living room feel a lot better about this series after the first game than before it. It was an excellent playoff game – very intense, with great pace and tension. Through the first half, the game was fairly even – if anything the Canucks had a slight edge. The Sharks led on the scoreboard thanks to a Luongo gaffe and a bad Mason Raymond penalty.

In the second half, the Canucks were by far the better team and, eventually, they were rewarded for it. San Jose coach Todd McLellan said that he thought his team was “sluggish” in the third period. Shark fans had better hope he is right. The alternative explanation is that Vancouver found another gear and took an already fast paced game to another level, a level that the Sharks just couldn’t match.

That’s the Vancouver team we saw all year. Excellent speed and work ethic, a wide territorial advantage, a mobile physical defense, a timely save or two, and a dollop of Sedinery is the recipe for a well deserved victory.

Go Canucks.

Postscript: Joe Thornton played well and Logan Couture had a moment or two, but most of the Sharks were ineffective. If Ryan Clowe and Dany Heatley don’t get a lot better this series won’t be as close as we all expect.

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6 Responses to “The Sharks: Game One”
  1. Boxcar says:

    I think the Canucks benefitted greatly from the calls in the Nashville series because of Mike Gillis’s rant about how the Canucks were once again getting “picked on” by the refs vs Chicago. It looks like it is working again with the bad call on Heatley and the invisible stick to Kesler’s head. That’s why this is a hard team to like for the rest of us Canadians.
    Lapierre, Burrows, Torres, Kesler, difficult guys to cheer for, although Kesler has been an absolute beast this playoff. Good luck, will try to cheer for the good guys like Bieksa and maybe Tanner Glass.

    • Kel says:

      It was not invisible. It just happened to fast that you could barely see it if you watch the replay on a big screen TV frame by frame. Murray fling his stick withe one hand towards Kesler, hitting Kesler’s stick and bounced up towards Kesler’s face, most likely hitting him.

  2. Roberto says:

    The Canucks were “picked on” in Chicago. Gillis’ rant was spot on. In the game before the rant, Daniel was clipped in the face with a stick right in front of the ref. No call. The ref skated over to ask if he was all right, but didn’t call the obvious high stick? Excuse me? Look at Seabrooke in game 1. He should have gotten 3 separate penalties, and probably been kicked out of the game when he went insane there. Instead it was two minutes for what happened before the whistle, and a complete blind eye for the careless and dangerous BS that happened after it. Mackenzie called it a “Braveheart Moment” that galvanized the team – only because the refs turned a blind eye to his red sweater. Had it gone the other way, with him getting 4 and 10 like he should have, I’m sure the label would have been different. I could go on and on, but Gillis already did a fine job, and even he missed most of the BS, because there was far, far too much of it to list. You can whine all you want about whining, but the fact is that for games 1-6 Chicago were getting FAR more calls in what were otherwise close games. His stats didn’t lie. It was a freaking joke. Game 7 was much better, fairness-wise, except the odd fact that the refs basically swallowed their whistles.

    As for the Nashville series, other than the bizarre Tootoo call, I have no idea what you’re talking about. Last I checked, the power plays were pretty even in that series. Just because Nashville can’t score doesn’t make it unfair to call a foul.

    • Boxcar says:

      You guys have a terrific hockey team, I just don’t think you need all the head snapping, and faking injuries. I am a Flyer fan but I hate it when Carcillo does his acting. You guys just have more performers than most.
      Louongo snapping his head back when he clearly wasn’t touched and Kesler and Torres doing the head snaps in game one vs the Sharks. The problem is if one team starts diving, then the other team starts and soon its ridiculous.
      What about injuries to the neck from all that head snapping? With the force the Canucks are using to throw their heads back someone will crack a vertebrae and then what?
      Anyway we’ll see what game two holds.

      • Roberto says:

        Luongo says the stick made contact. I’ll take his word over yours.

        Your head would snap back if Heatly threw you an elbow. Why should Torres’ be any different.

        Kesler doesn’t dive.


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