San Jose came up shorter than a fruit fly's entire lifespan 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: The Sharks really came out after the Penguins in the second period after being kind of sleepy in the first, yes they did outshoot their opponent in that period but the play was mostly pushed by the Penguins who had quality scoring chances and goals while the Sharks were forced to shoot low percentage shots from the perimeter. The Sharks were sparked to life by their 4th line who got them on the board and really got the momentum in full gear for the team. Logan Couture has a little streak going right now adding the game tying goal for the Sharks.
The Bad: The Sharks penalty kill was victimized by a what I must admit was a nice feed by Crosby that Stalock had little chance on as the defense was out of place. I thought Fedun looked alright but the penalty that lead to that second penguins goal was ill timed and the only real thing that I thought was problematic with his game. Stalock was good but not great, probably should have had the first goal and the shootout was not his greatest moment although facing those shooters is a job that I don't envy. I'm genuinely curious to see if this is the last time we see him this season or if he and Niemi split time down the stretch.
The Ugly: Sharks power play went 1/5 and while that one goal did tie the game and make the overtime possible not capitalizing on a 4 on 3 for 4 minutes probably gave them the fate they deserved. Ben smith only won 33% of his draws and Chris Tierney only won 44% of his as well.
Final Thoughts: The cards were pretty stacked against the Sharks coming into this game in all aspects while the idea of the Sharks running the table and pushing into the playoffs is a nice one the odds of them doing so and getting in where slim and the odds of them running the table at all even slimmer. The Sharks are still not sure of the status of Marc Edouard Vlasic and Mirco Mueller unknown until they return to San Jose to have them re-evaluated the sharks put out a thin blue line that didn't really embarrass themselves. I thought Fedun was ok, nothing special but filled in nicely on a pairing with Irwin. So where does this leave the Sharks? Well they finished the road trip with a 3-3-1 record. In my opinion the bell tolled on the season long ago while not mathematically out the odds of them making the playoffs are less than 2%. Even running the table with what seems possible with a soft schedule of non-playoff teams not counting the season finale against the Kings would leave them with 95 points and that most likely leave us with a 25% chance of it being good enough to get in. So while I'm glad the Sharks didn't completely roll over most of their recent games have been too little to late.
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