“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Devils 2/11/11

Result SHARKS 1, Devils 2

Sharks Ryane Clowe tries to score on Devils goalie Johan Hedberg. Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

HITS

First 47 minutes – The Sharks looked like a well oiled machine the first 47-minutes of the game.  No penalties taken, a few turnovers here and there, got an early lead, blocked shots, got the first goal of the game and played smart fundamental hockey.  However, hockey games are 60-minutes, not 47.

Logan Couture/Ryane Clowe/Kyle Wellwood – This pairing was easily line of the night as they generated a plethora of scoring chances.  This line will be money and magic come playoff time.  I admit I had doubts about Wellwood when I heard he was claimed by the Sharks as I had read he played softer than Charmin with his other NHL teams but I love his stick-work and how he can make something out of nothing, similar to Couture.

Patrick Marleau – Marleau’s 21st goal of the season at 6:08 of the third period that gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Furthermore, it is now the tenth time in Marleau’s career he has scored at least 20-goals in a season.

Sharks Organization – Tonight’s game marked the 1500th game in Sharks history.

MISSES

Last 13 minutes of game – This was a blown game by the Sharks that they should have won and cost themselves two-critical points in the process.  Two goals surrendered and eight penalty minutes were amassed by the Sharks during this stretch.  It cannot be stressed and emphasized enough……the Sharks have to finish games they way they start them. The Sharks have to play a complete 60-minutes of hockey and not 47, 58, 59, etc.

Joe Thornton – The planet the Sharks captain was skating on tonight hasn’t even been discovered!  Even Drew Remenda mentioned during the game that he didn’t know what was wrong with Thornton or why Thornton was playing uninspired hockey.  In addition, it was Thornton’s lazy hooking penalty on Patrik Elias at 8:02 of the third period that led to the Sharks un-raveling as it cost the Sharks their power-play and led to Brian Rolston scoring for the Devils on a 4-on-3 power play after Couture had been called for tripping.  Plus, Thornton turned the puck over in his own end that led to an own zone face-off, which the Devils capitalized on as Ilya Kovalchuk scored the game-winning goal at 16:01.

Torrey Mitchell – I know it was Mitchell’s first game back and I love the fact that Mitchell was battling for the puck behind the Devils’ net to try to get a scoring chance for the Sharks but as Remenda has said countless times, you have to be responsible for you stick, which Mitchell was not as his stick swung up and nailed Dainius Zubrus under his visor.  The penalty couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Sharks as it was a double-minor {four minutes} for high sticking at 17:41 and forced the Sharks to play short-handed the remainder of the game while trailing on the scoreboard.

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About Jon Allred

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

Posted on February 11, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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