“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Ducks 2/2/2011
1st Period – Flawless.
Ben Eager – That laser-beam he fired from just inside the blue-line was jaw dropping. It was a radio puck in that you couldn’t see it but you heard it when it rang off the pipes and in the net. I admit I had hesitations about Eager being signed after that sucker punch incident when he was in Atlanta earlier this year but if the last two games are any indication of what fans can expect from him, then he is quickly going to become a fan favorite amongst Sharks fans.
Joe Pavelski – Pavelski laid it all out in the pre-game interview, stating that the Sharks needed to get to Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller by scoring early and getting in front of Hiller, which Pavelski did on Demers‘ goal, so Hiller couldn’t see the puck.
Ryane Clowe – His Power-Play goal late in the second period gave him his third point in his third game back from injury.
Douglas Murray – If the other Penalty-Killers would sacrifice their bodies like Murray does and block as many shots, the Sharks would lead the league in Penalty Kills.
Hiller Pulled – The last time these two teams played each other, Hiller stood on his head and shut the Sharks out. This game, he was pulled at the 11:15 mark of the first period after allowing three goals on 10-shots.
Second Period – The Sharks let off the gas pedal a bit instead of going for the jugular and it cost them. The Ducks were able to score twice in the period, both of which were preventable. You never want to give a team any sign of hope when you have them down.
Penalties – All the penalties the Sharks took were dumb. The tripping, Marleau‘s hit from behind, the too many men and delay of game penalties were IN-EX-CU-SABLE! I still don’t think Clowe’s penalty was an actual penalty.
Dany Heatley – Had Heatley done his part and taken the Ducks player at the blueline, the Ducks would have never scored that third goal.
Third Period – The Sharks hung on for dear life in that period. Sloppy play, too much time in their own end and gave up way too many scoring chances. It looked like the first 40-minutes of the Coyotes game. The Sharks have to finish games the way they start them. No excuses about back-to-back nights of games or Ducks having a whole week off.
Joe Thornton – Thornton is beyond lucky that his errant pass up the middle from behind the Ducks net didn’t result in a game tying goal for the Ducks in the game’s final 15-seconds. All Thornton had to do was hold the puck in the Ducks zone for 15 more seconds and the game would have been over. The Sharks had already held the puck in for close to 40 seconds by that point. You don’t need any more goals in that situation if your the Sharks.