“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Bruins 2/5/11

Result:  SHARKS 2, Bruins 0

Sharks Logan Couture scores in first period. Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

HITS

Logan Couture – “Calder” Couture scored the games first goal at 7:22 of the first period with the Sharks on the power-play.  The goal was Couture’s 23rd of the season, which leads all rookies in the NHL and ties him with Rob Gaudreau for second place all time for most goals by a Sharks rookie in a season.  Gaudreau also scored 23 goals as a rookie back in the 1992-93 season and Couture now only trails Pat Falloon, who scored 25 goals as a rookie in the 1991-92 season, by two goals.

Ryane Clowe – Clowe’s assists on Couture and Setoguchi’s goals gave him five-points in his four games back from injury.

Antti Niemi – Niemi not only stood on his head and shut out the Bruins by stopping all 26 shots he faced, but his shutout marked the first time in the Sharks twenty-year history that they shut out the Bruins.

Ben Eager – Eager’s fight with Bruins Adam McQuaid at 17:53 of the first period showed that the Sharks have another fighter in the lineup that will provide grit and toughness while taking the pressure off Clowe and Jamal Mayers.

Eager/Couture/Wellwood Line – Sharks coach Todd McLellan may have found something with this line as they were easily the best line of the night, providing grittiness and generated several scoring chances.

Penalty Killers – The penalty-killers went a perfect four-for-four, including a key kill after an atrocious tripping call to Joe Thornton near the end of the third period.

Dan Boyle/Douglas Murray – I lost track of how many shots these two blocked or cleared away from danger.

Devin Setoguchi – Awesome individual effort to score in empty net goal in the final seconds to seal the win for the Sharks.  The goal was Setoguchi’s 11th of the season.

Carter Hutton – Even though he did not play, Hutton gets a hit because this morning, he was Niemi’s backup and this evening, he will be the starting goalie for the Worcester Sharks, due to an injury to Alex Stalock, as they take on the Providence Bruins.

MISSES

Lack of Shots – The Sharks generated a total of 18 shots…..five in the first period, seven in the second and six in the third.

Second Period – The last five-seven minutes of the second period saw the Sharks scrambling in their own end, turning the puck over and being sloppy with lazy passes.  The play resembled the sluggishness of playing an afternoon game when not used to it but the Sharks cannot play with fire too much or they are going to get burned.

Referees – I don’t want to sound like a homer but the tripping call on Thornton was atrocious.  Stevie Wonder could see that Thornton clearly made a play on the puck by touching it first.  Plus, only two penalties were called on the Bruins all game. How is that possible?  The refs missed a couple of penalties on the Bruins in the final 90-seconds with too many men and a tripping to Joe Pavelski {exact same thing they called Thornton for}.

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

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