Now it's time for the article that is never there when you need it most, San Jose lost a very important game to the Jets and your pal Ian is going to tell you how he saw it. It's the post game, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!
The Good: If this article had accompanying audio you'd hear crickets. Honestly there really wasn't any positives to take away from this game, they got beat in pretty much every standard statistical category and on the scoreboard. Pavelski had 2 goals so I guess that is nice.
The Bad: One thing that people may cling to from this game is that the Sharks put 40 shots on goal, but a lot of those shots came when the game was well out of reach and were mostly low percentage shots from the parameter. They got out hit, out hustled and outclassed by a Jets team that has badly stumbled without Byfuglien but tonight instead of looking like a team that was hanging on for dear life they looked confident and outworked what should have been a far more desperate San Jose team.
The Ugly: Antti Niemi was awful allowing 3 goals on 8 shots in what was a must win game for the Sharks, I get that Mueller's stumble really opened the floodgates against the Blackhawks but obviously Hannan-Burns is not the solution. Aside from that one play Mueller has looked like a different player in a good way of late. I'm not saying that Mueller in wins us the game but Hannan was dreadful tonight. While on the topic of defense Irwin - Burns has actually been a good pair, why break that up. Special teams were a joke, the power play was nowhere to be found and the penalty kill allowed 2 of the first 3 goals. This game was over half way through the first period, it was never even close.
Final Thoughts: In every game where the Sharks had an opportunity to take points from a team above them during the playoffs they have failed to do so. Jamie Baker pointed out tonight that with a win tonight as well as victories instead of losses to Vancouver and Calgary the Sharks would be in the playoffs, and that's really the Sharks season in a nutshell when they needed to buckle down and go they could only do it for a few games here and there and when they need to win most they fall through. Now the playoff hope isn't totally dead the Sharks can still make the playoffs if they can somehow string together 10 wins in their next 12 but even that isn't a guarantee as with loses like this the amount of out of town scoreboard we still need. I could rant about this game for hours but we all know where we are, we all know how we got here so really how much more is there to say?
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