Now it's time for the post that has been brought to you by the psychic powers of Miss Cleo herself. It's your unofficially official, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly! Sharks beat the ducks in an impressive outing and your pal Ian is going to tell you how he saw it in a short version of GBU.
The Good: The Sharks weathered an early storm of shots and an early lead from a team that not only is one of the best in the NHL but on a 6 game winning streak as well. The ducks rarely lose after scoring the first goal but the Sharks didn't seem to let that bother them as they came out with a 2nd period explosion of goals playing another game that was pretty solid from top to bottom and gives us glimpses of what a contender this team could be. Not to shit on a win but the Sharks need to carry this momentum into their game with Chicago and not drop a deuce against the oilers and I'll be able to start really allowing myself to get excited about this team again. The Sharks power play lacked a little bit of its usual bite tonight only going 1/5 but lets be honest they got the PP goal when it mattered and that is what's important. The penalty kill continues to rise in the NHL rankings keeping the ducks special teams off the board. Sharks dominated in the faceoff circle, and blocked a ton of shots. A definate A effort.
The Bad: The Sharks continue to turn over the puck at an alarming rate at the worst possible times this will sink them in the playoffs especially against a team like St. Louis... oh wait we have seen that movie twice already this year. They also let their foot off the pedal a little bit in the 3rd period, but no more than any other team with that sizable a lead so I'm not going to get to upset about that and neither should you.
The Ugly: John Scott breathed in Jackmans general direction and will probably be suspended again.... actually Jackman was a scratch so his getting suspended against the ducks streak appears to be over. Oh well it was a nice streak while it lasted.
Final Thoughts: Playing like this in back to back games last year would have had me over the moon with excitement over this team's chances to win it all and yet I just can't get there this year. The Sharks need to continue playing like they are playing if they want anyone to take them as serious contenders and not a rebuild in progress playing with house money. I know there has been a lot of shit written about the Sharks in the past week and I'm not trying to add to it. To me this is a playoff team, it's just not a cup team. More wins like this with less November hockey and my mind may be swayed though.
What are your thoughts on tonight's game?
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