Now it's time for the post that missed the open net. It's your IanBlogsSharks official post game wrap up. It is also the officially unofficial post game blog for anywhere else it ends up. It's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly! Sharks lost an important game against the Vancouver Canucks and your pal Ian is going to tell you how he saw it.
The Good: The Sharks for the most part in my opinion played a pretty good game, they didn't come out flat despite the time off which was very important, they got out to a lead and took advantage of mistakes by the Canucks. They took care of business in the faceoff circle, they blocked shots and for most of the game kept the turnovers down to a minimum. Karlsson has been a resurgent force for the Sharks and is starting to earn that time line time. Joe Thornton who will of course be blamed for everything played another great game in a 2 point effort. The Sharks did a good job in the turn over department giving up most of their turnovers at the end of the game when you have to make higher risk plays to get back in it.
The Bad: I thought Marleau had a bad game tonight, yes he missed the open net but that happens to a lot of people. It would have changed the game but that's not why he is here. I'm not sure what happened tonight because Marleau has been quietly good the last few games but TMac seems to agree with me as he sent him down the line up during the game. Hannan and Burns were a disaster, I never thought I'd miss Matt Irwin. Niemi wasn't terrible but he wasn't lights out good either.
The Ugly: The officiating tonight was a joke, now I know I'm usually the guy that comes out and says look how the Sharks played before we talk about the refs and we still need to do that don't get me wrong because the Sharks are not without blame for this loss and I really don't have any doubt that the last potential goal ever crossed the line but the Sharks got victimized by some frankly brutal calls including the no goal intent to blow BS. Also the Canucks turned over the puck 24 times and didn't pay for it nearly enough. And a two many men with an empty net.... holy cow.
Final Thoughts: Ian's Bullshit Numbers™ has reduced the Sharks chances of making the playoffs to 15%, the Sharks have received no help from the out of town scoreboard and now have refused to help themselves. This loss against Vancouver really hurts badly and is a game we might look back to if things don't go our way. The Sharks have to win games, moral victories don't add points to the standings and that's all that matters.
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