San Jose went off the cliff with the Coyotes but never looked down 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: Sharks came out very strong in the first, and played a dominating style of hockey that they should have played against teams of this quality all year. Logan Couture opened the scoring with the first Sharks shot on goal before getting many quality chances, while Pavelski inches closer to a second straight 40 goal season and Matt Nieto was rewarded for a solid effort tonight. I thought Niemi looked really Shaky in the first period but settled in and made some great saves including one that may have saved the game from looking far less lopsided then it was. I thought that the short handed defense was good enough overall. Stollery was alright and Fedun and Irwin continue to impress.
The Bad: After a solid first period the Sharks started to play chicken with the Coyotes exchanging chance after chance. This isn’t just on the weakened defense but a foot off the pedal approach to the game. For those keeping track they gave away the puck 15 times. This needs to stop.
The Ugly: I thought Stollery was kind of soft taking his man allowing the puck to be moved up to the Sharks net where Burns was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. He deflects the shot in or the Coyotes put it in the net. The second PP unit is terrible and the amount of odd man rushes the Coyotes got while shorthanded is equally disgusting.
Final Thoughts: No out of town scoreboard games tonight that mattered and the Sharks took care of their own business but they need to not take the Coyotes so lightly in Arizona tomorrow. If they get into a run and gun style game the Coyotes might surprise them and that would be bad when your slim playoff hopes consist of running the table hoping other teams lose.
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